A Celebration at Merrill Gardens-Northgate

On JanSalish Sea Players logouary 17th Olga and I performed for the Merrill GardenAnniversary Cakes-Northgate crowd (the very first Merrill Gardens facility) as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. All the Merrill Gardens facilities took part at the same time around the country and even in Shanghai!! There was a celebratory video, cake and Champagne, and a crowning of a King and Queen for the day (the two residents that have lived at Merrill Gardens-NoKing for a day at Merrill Gardens-Northgaterthgate the longest-both moving in in 1995).  It was a great partQueen for a day at Merrill Gardens-Northgatey!

It was not our usual concert format—at first there was a lot of commotion—(well, Champagne was flowing!). Olga and I started playing, talking only a little, and then noticed that there was a growing group of residents gathering closer to us so that they could hear us better. After the first hour we took a short break and gabbed with several of the people while the amazing Sandra Walker (Merrill Gardens-Northgate ActivitiesOlga & Monica at Merrill Gardens-Northgate Director) played at the piano. Then we jumped into our second hour.

The room was quiet for that Sandra Walker & Friends at Merrill Gardens-Northgatesecond hour of our concert and we had quite a crowd. We had fun sharing with them about the music and our instruments and one resident heard us from the hall and joined the audience (we were told he NEVER comes to any event) which made me feel very happy. I felt a little sad when it was time to say Good-bye but glad that the SSPlayers got to be a part of this celebration!

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©Linda Melsted salishseaplayers.org  2013

About Salish Sea Players

Salish Sea Players is a Baroque chamber music group (two Baroque vioins, cello, and guests-Baroque oboe, recorder, and harpsichord) dedicated to bringing high quality performances to people in retirement homes and long term care facilities. We are a Professional Affiliate of the Early Music Guild of Seattle
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