HomeAbout the AuthorRenaissance WritingRenaissance LinksOther WritingSpeechesDonna's BlogSlideshowsNuggets
Donna N. Murphy
Jan. 1, 2015

Happy New Year! Here's hoping yours is enjoyable, productive and healthy.

 

 


We rang in the New Year at First Night Alexandria. For the price of $20, starting at 7 p.m., you could enter various venues in Old Town Alexandria and hear 30-minute concerts until midnight. We loved the variety of settings and music. At the Lyceum Hall built in 1839, we saw the "Not So Modern Jazz Quartet Plus One," whose performers in their 70s still had the magic touch. They were followed by "The Sound of Sleat," a band that played Irish and Scottish music, with bagpiper.


 
In the Torpedo Factory, where artists sell their wares in a former World War II torpedo factory, we enjoyed the rock 'n' roll music of Bill Kirchen, up from Austin, Texas. Man, can he play the guitar! Nicole Belanus, a folk singer with a voice like Joni Mitchell, performed in the Alexandria City Hall, with a Christmas tree sporting red glass ornaments and bows in the foyer. And a men's a capella group from William and Mary College sang outdoors by the waterfront, where ships were decked out in colored lights for the holidays.
 

Being the early birds that we are, we left before midnight which helped us avoid drunk drivers, or any kind of drivers. We like arriving home safely!

**********

A big thank you to Chuck and Joanne Chada, who hosted the family Christmas get-together at their home in Rochester, New York.






May 2017 White Privilege
April 29, 2017 Climate March
Jan. 5, 2017 Williamsburg
December 5, 2016
May 30, 2016
Feb 15, 2016
Dec. 31, 2015
Nov. 29, 2015 Mexico and England
Oct. 31, 2015 Colombia and Peru
Sept. 23, 8015 Pope Francis
June 28, 2015
May 24, 2015
March 20, 2015
Feb. 12, 2015
Jan. 1, 2015
Nov. 30, 2014
Oct. 15, 2014 Clare's wedding
Sept. 29, 2014
Aug. 16, 2014
July 4, 2014 Farewell Korea!
June 24 Empowering Women
June 8, 2014
April 30, 2014
March 29, 2014
Feb. 17, 2014
Jan. 30, 2014
Dec. 28, 2013
Nov. 27, 2013
Oct. 27, 2013
Sept. 18, 2013
Aug. 19 Bali
July 7, 2013
June 6, 2013
May 5, 2013
Apr. 1-12 North Korea
Mar. 14 - New Zealand
Feb. 2, 2013
Jan. 10, 2013
Dec. 19, 2012
Nov. 23, 2012
Nov. 8, 2012
Oct. 2, 2012
Sept. 3, 2012
July 25, 2012
July 15, 2012
July 4, 2012
Copyright 2017 by Donna N. Murphy