Thursday, July 10, 2014

More travel photos: Paris and Versailles

Here's a selection of photos from the second part of the trip Dan, Julie, Christine and Andy took to London and Paris in late June and early July.


Versailles: Palace and gardens

See photos from London, Stonehenge and Bath in previous post

Monday, July 7, 2014

Photo album: London, Stonehenge, Bath

Here's a selection of Dan's photos of highlights from the visit he, Julie, Christine and Andy paid to London at the end of June.

Coming soon: Photos of Paris.

Marie, Brian and Xander welcome Hans

Hans has joined the family.

Marie, Brian and Xander welcomed this kitten to their home in late June. It looks like Hans and Xander are already fast friends.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Family gatherings on 4th of July weekend

Lisa, Doug and Rebecca were among members of Lisa's extended family who gathered at Conesus Lake for a Fourth of July weekend party.

Meanwhile, on Shelter Island, Nanette and her daughter Courtney (visiting from Florida) hosted a party that seemed to blend Independence Day with Mardi Gras. Guests included Kathy, Genevieve and John, Vivien and CJ.

Chris marches in July 4th parade with HS Band

Ready to march. Chris on sax at right.

Christopher and his Hilliard Darby High School Marching Band took part in the town parade on the Fourth of July.

Panthers on the march
For more photos - plus a video clip - click here.

A quick tour of London and Paris

Dan, Julie, Christine and Andy are back home after a very busy and very enjoyable eight-day visit to London and Paris. It's going to take some time for Dan to sort through hundreds of photos to properly show the highlights, but here are just a few quick selections.

Christine and Andy at Stonehenge
Buckingham Palace

In front of the gardens at Versailles

Friday, June 27, 2014

A vacation begins in London

Dan, Julie, Christine and Andy arrived in London on Friday at the start of a trip that will also take them to Paris. While waiting for their hotel rooms to become available, the jet-lagged foursome took a walk through Westminster, seeking sights including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

A view of the pub, with the hotel in the background.

After a nap, then a meal at a pub across from their hotel, they strolled past Buckingham Palace.

Check back soon for updates.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A meet-up in Trenton, with art and music

Marie, Brian and Xander were visiting Brian's parents, Barbara and Steve, in New Jersey last weekend, and attended Trenton's annual 24-hour art-and-music event called Art All Night.

Dan and Christine drove down to meet them on Sunday morning, arriving as Brian's dad, Steve, was on stage drumming with the Trenton Makes Band.

The event was held in a former factory building at the site of the Roebling steel works.

Inside were hundreds of artworks by professionals and amateurs alike; any artist could submit one work for display. Here, Xander points to his conception of a game screen.

Steve exhibited a painting (at right).

Barbara showed a photograph she took in Vermont (below, pointed out by Xander).
The show was quite impressive. Christine and Xander enjoyed checking out and discussing the many and varied artworks.

It was a great day for some fun outside too!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Andy graduates from SPF High School

* Updated 6/20 with more photos & video *

Andy graduated from Scotch Plains Fanwood High School in ceremonies at the school stadium on Thursday evening, June 19.

His parents, Dan and Julie; sister, Christine; grandparents, Hugh and Dolores; and girlfriend, Shannon, were all on hand to cheer for Andy and his classmates as they completed their high school careers.

Below is a slideshow of a dozen or so highlight photos.

And here's a brief video clip of Andy being awarded his diploma, and the graduates tossing their caps.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dolores, Hugh renew vows after 60 years

Hugh and Dolores celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary by renewing their marriage vows Sunday, June 15, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Oakland, Md.

The couple married on June 12, 1954, in Corning, N.Y., where Dolores grew up. They later settled in the suburban Baltimore area where Hugh grew up and raised their three children, Julie, Doug and Cathy.

Doug and his wife, Lisa, Cathy and her son, Christopher, were on hand for Sunday's ceremony. This photo was taken at the restaurant where they went out to dinner the night before.

St. Matthew's, which Hugh and Dolores attend when vacationing at Deep Creek Lake, marked the occasion in fine style, incorporating the renewal ceremony into Trinity Sunday services and having a reception with cake afterward.

Below is an album of photos shared by Cathy.

Andy, Shannon attend senior prom

Andy and Shannon attended the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School senior prom on Friday, June 13. They and their friends enjoyed dinner and dancing at the Pines Manor banquet hall in Edison.

Andy will graduate from SPFHS on Thursday (June 19).

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Dolores & Hugh's 2014 European Tour

Dolores and Hugh took a three-week trip to Europe this spring, touring three European countries, seeing historic, artistic and cultural sights in The Netherlands, Belgium and France.

The peripatetic couple first flew to Amsterdam and embarked on a cruise through Holland to Brussels.

Dolores had long wished to see the famous Dutch tulips in bloom. Here is a set of photos Hugh put together of Holland's tulips and windmills.

In Belgium, Hugh and Dolores spent time in Brussels, Ghent and Bruges. They visited with longtime friends: Miguel, who lived with them as an exchange student in the 1970s, and his mother, Phaedra.

They also made a side trip to Maastricht and to the American World War II cemetery there. (See earlier article.)

From Brussels, Hugh and Dolores traveled by train to Paris, where they met granddaughter Liz, who had just flown in from a separate trip -- a Caribbean "curling cruise."

Along with touring Paris, the trio drove to Giverney to visit Monet's gardens. They then drove on to northern France, with stops in Rouen, Bayeux and Caen.

In Bayeux, Dolores checked off another bucket-list item: seeing the Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidered cloth nearly 230 feet long and more than 900 years old. (See earlier article.)

They also visited the World War II landing beaches at Normandy, about a month before the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion. (See earlier article.)

Here's another set of Hugh's photos from various highlights of the trip.

And here's an album of photos by Liz.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Happy anniversary to Hugh & Dolores

It was sixty years ago today, on June 12, 1954, that Dolores and Hugh were married at Christ Episcopal Church in Corning, N.Y.

The happy couple will mark the occasion by renewing their marriage vows on June 15 during the Sunday service at St. Matthew's Church in Oakland, Md., near their vacation home at Deep Creek Lake.

Hugh and Dolores recently returned to the States after their latest overseas adventure, when they visited The Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Services held for Lorraine

A funeral Mass was held Tuesday at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Yonkers for Lorraine, who died June 5. Burial followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

Lorraine's children, many of her grandchildren, her sister, other family and friends gathered over the past few days to celebrate her life and enjoy many happy memories. Those who were unable to attend sent their sympathies and good wishes.

In Lorraine's memory, the family encourages donations to organizations that support Alzheimer's research, treatment and support.
Please visit our page dedicated to Lorraine.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

In Memory of Lorraine (Updated with arrangements)

The family is saddened by the passing of Lorraine, beloved mother of Dan, Kathy, Brien and Kevin; grandmother of Marie, Dan, Genevieve, Vivien, Patrick, Shanna, Kevin, Christine and Andy; great-grandmother of Xander; and sister of Pat.

Lorraine died peacefully on Thursday, June 5, at home at Sunrise of Crestwood, with Kathy, Brien and Kevin at her side. She is now rejoined with her husband of 59 years, Daniel, and will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.

UPDATE: Visitation will be Monday, June 9, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., at Flynn Memorial Home, 1652 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, June 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 602 McLean Avenue in Yonkers, with burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, N.Y. Directions and other details are on the Flynn website (click here).
Please visit our page dedicated to Lorraine.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The rocking return of Twenty-Eight

Twenty-Eight is back! Gerrit and his bandmates have reunited for a series of shows this summer on Cape Cod. The first was Saturday night (May 31) at The Woodshed in Brewster.

The band put on a great show before a packed house that included friends, old fans and people who became new fans by the end of the night.

Among the crowd were Gerrit's wife, Angela (watching him closely in the photo above); his parents, Owen and Tish, and his sister, Lizzie; plus Dan and Christine, who drove up from New Jersey for the weekend to see the show and spend a little time with their cousins.

The family members gathered the next day at Owen and Tish's to visit and chat in a quieter atmosphere. Lizzie just completed her first year at Elon University in North Carolina. Tish was feeling well after her latest treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. When not rocking out, Gerrit is recreation coordinator for the Town of Dennis, and Angela is an administrator at a local assisted-living and nursing facility.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Andy in Memorial Day parade, one more time

Andy marched one final time with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Marching Band in the annual Memorial Day Parade through the two towns on Monday. (There's video of the band here.)

Andy's been in the parade each year for at least the last 10 years, with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and then the band.

His sister Christine likewise marched with various levels of Girl Scouts through the years and then with the high school band.

Dad says: "If I'm counting right, one or the other or both marched in each of the past 16 Memorial Day parades, since Christine was a Daisy in Kindergarten."

Flashback 2004: Andy on Cub Scout float
Flashback 2004: Christine with Junior Girl Scouts

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Starting the summer season in Noyac

Kathy and her family converged at her summer house to spend Memorial Day weekend together. Here she is enjoying a sunny afternoon with son Patrick (who just finished his third year at Johns Hopkins University), daughter Genevieve and son-in-law John, daughter Vivien and her fiance, C.J.