I’m not Irish. Not even a little. When I was a kid I would forget to wear green on this day and get pinched on the playground, a custom I’m still not really fond of.
But as a musician I am getting more fond of St. Patrick’s Day as an opportunity to play fun music.
Playing at the Belmont Farmers’ Market
We were in Ireland last summer as part of our trip. One of the places we visited in Dublin was Christchurch Cathedral.
The cathedral’s choir had its first performance of Handel’s Messiah in April of 1742. There is an electrical box on the grounds painted in Handel’s honor.
The oldest geocache in Europe is also in Ireland. It was placed on June 3, 2000. Here I am, finding it:
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (Please don’t pinch anyone . . .)
My daughter’s future alma mater, Willamette University in Salem OR, is indirectly responsible for my being here in the path of totality for the total solar eclipse on August 21st. I dropped her off yesterday morning for an introductory hiking trip out in the Oregon wilderness. The University is supplying her and her fellow pre-frosh with official ISO 12312-2:2015 standard glasses for watching the event. This camping trip lasts for several days before the official “opening days” when the students really move in and start classes. So I decided to stay up here in OR and watch the event myself. I have seen a partial eclipse before myself, but I’ve never seen a total one. The Willamette dorms aren’t accepting guests, however, so I’m here at another festival program about an hour south, but still right in the path of totality, at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
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