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An annual tradition, this year’s performance by the 13-member Solstice Singers on December 21 and 22 was a delight. Held in the 1878-built Woods Hole Community Hall, audiences were treated to a potpourri of musical pieces in the style of the Renaissance.

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Performances included a variety of songs by the Solstice Singers – from soulful to silly – and an elegant dance by three couples.

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Instrumentals and accompaniment by Ensemble Passacaglia blended beautifully with the light voices:  Jan Elliott on recorder, Lisa Esperson on percussion, Molly Johnston on viola da gamba, and Tom Hanna on lute.

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A solo by baritone Dan Hotchkiss enchanted the audience.

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The second set began with a traditional dance by Vineyard Swordfish led by Jan Elliott.

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An annual favorite, the Boars Head song and processional has been sung by the group since its founding 21 years ago

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A new twist this year was a mini-play written and directed by singer Wendell Bishop, with acting by a handful of the singers.

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The lilting voices of the Solstice children, all of whom have participated for a number years, rounded out the show.

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Kudos to artistic director Lore Loftfield DeBower and to all performers for presenting such a colorful and entertaining show in celebration of the winter solstice.

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A favorite portrait “pose” is the beach jump… for kids of all ages!  We all had fun this morning at a large family reunion portrait session at Nobska Beach in Woods Hole. I captured close to 20 wonderful poses, with many variation of each to choose from – from the whole family of 29 to smaller family groups. I couldn’t wait to share this jumping series as Debbie, Mike and their family had a ball!  Which jump do you like best?

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Recovering…

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While still photography is “my thing,” I’m beginning to enjoy creating videos of favorite places, people and pets. Here’s a one-minute video of  Trunk River which connects Oyster Pond (on which we reside) with the Vineyard Sound. While the river is tiny, its role is huge since it ensures the health of the pond and makes it possible for herring to return and spawn each year.

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Winter is a great time to catch up on projects and goals. After several people asked me last year if I offered training for beginners, I’m thrilled to be able to finally say “yes!” I’ll be teaching a Basic Photography class on Thursdays, April 22 to May 27, from 6 to 8:30 PM in Woods Hole. The class is for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera to capture well-exposed, artistic images more consistently.

Besides essential camera functions (aperture, shutter, etc.), we’ll cover creative photography concepts, including lighting, perspective, depth of field, and composition. Through weekly lectures, demonstrations, handouts, assignments, and photo critiques in a friendly and supportive setting, I’m sure students will have lots of fun learning how to confidently move beyond automatic mode. The current class schedule and training info is here.

 

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Decades ago, when I was living in Michigan, autumn was our favorite time to escape to the east coast and enjoy a week on Old Cape Cod. It’s really the very best time to be here. The warm breezes of Indian Summer beckon nature lovers and four-legged friends to the shore to enjoy the warm tones of the season before the cold sets in.

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One of the benefits of residing in Falmouth is having our very own NPR radio station right here in Woods Hole. WCAI staffers took a 15 minute break today from their fundraiser to participate in a portrait shoot under the beech tree.

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WCAI, a service of WGBH Boston, is at http://capeandislands.org where anyone from around the globe can listen online. Or tune in locally to 90.1 FM.

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