Here’s a family heirloom: a little recording of my father’s father, Garret Boer (1886-1973), playing his harmonica: The Rye Waltz.
(You should save the linked file, which is about 1.3 MB, onto your home computer, then run it through your favorite MP3 player.)
The tune is more commonly known as “Coming Through the Rye” but Grampa called it “the Rye Waltz.”
This was originally recorded by my sister on (I am guessing) a Panasonic RQ-413S mono cassette recorder. When? (I am guessing) about 1971. Where? In our parents’ farm house (sounds like the dining room to me).
If you are able to listen to this file and want to download a bigger file that includes the whole 10-minute recording, let me know.
The fourth Seattle Urban Debate League tournament of the year was held at the venerable Garfield High School on January 30 and 31, 2004. Favorite son brought home a First Place Speaker trophy for the Novice Division. Photos.
Eli placed 2nd in individual speaker points at his second tournament, held November 22, 2003, at his school, Nathan Hale. He and his partner were 10th place in the Novice team standings, and Hale took first place overall. Photos.
Marjorie was invited to demonstrate the art of pumpkin carving at the store where Hugues works, in Cherbourg. Photos scanned from a French newspaper dated October 29, 2003:
Here are some snapshots from the Seattle Urban Debate League tournament held November 7-8, 2003 at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. Most of the students in the photos are from Nathan Hale High School. Eli Boer and Maia Williams won 2nd Place in the Novice Cross Examination division. Eli also won a medal for 6th best individual speaker in the division. The Hale team tied for 2nd overall.
In August 2003, I drove my friend Jack to the prairies. Here are some photos from our trip across South Dakota.
Seattle Waldorf School Class of 2002 presented the Hart and Kaufman classic, May 31 & June 1, 2002, at the Bathhouse Theater. Available: Snapshots and Program (in PDF format).
In honor of my parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary, here is a digital version of their wedding photo album. (A few snapshots from the 50th Anniversary reunion are included too.)
Seattle’s Gospel Ambassador to the world, Pat Wright, worked with the Seattle Waldorf Middle School Choir in the spring of 2001. Friday afternoon, March 2nd, she lead the SWS 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades through a rousing version of the old Bill Withers tune, Lean On Me (downloadable 5MB stereo MP3-format file), rocking a packed Huckleberry Hall. Camila Landrum-Recchi (6th Grade) contributed a soulful solo, with Alice deWrangel and Suki Jefferson (both 8th-graders) closing the number with a duet. “This Little Light” closed the performance (downloadable 3.7MB stereo MP3-format file).