Christmas Card 2014

We’re back at it again this year, we’re saving on postage being environmentally friendly and putting our Christmas Card online.  There’s also the time factor.  It took me more than 8 hours to wrap the Christmas gifts that are being shipped to 3 places in two other states and being handed out here in MA.  Actually mail merging the labels for the over 100 names on our list, labeling, signing and then mailing the cards (maybe not in that exact order) is WAY more time than I have.  So, an hour or so of photo editing it is.

And so, I give you, our 2014 Christmas Card.

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Meravelha presents Twelve Days of Christmas‏

It’s that time of year again, Meravelha has a concert for you.  These hardy souls are, amongst the insanity of December, putting on a concert featuring the music of the Christmas season.  Twice.  I’ll be at both concerts.

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Medieval Ensemble

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A Gentle Reminder as We Approach the Holiday Season

I know that there are a lot of people who follow this blog who understand this.  I also know that there are a lot of people who follow this blog who might not.  I’m asking you to read this post and try to understand before you ask the dreaded Holiday questions of one of us who works in the Service Industry, Retail, is in Food Service, or is a Professional Musician of some type.

Why I Can’t Spend the Holidays With You – A Guide

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Because Indian food is always associated with the birth of Jesus

For the last 5 or so years a group of us has managed to fit in a feast of Indian food between singing services on Christmas Eve.  For the first few years, however many those were, we went to Bukhara.  The food there is reliably good and the service is always excellent.  It’s a short drive to the place where we sing midnight mass, and they have a parking lot.  Restaurants with parking lots are key in Boston.

Then things changed in 2013.

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This IS your Christmas Card

For a whole lot of very good reasons in the last few years, it’s proved impossible to get it together to send out our annual 100+ Christmas cards.  Between the time investment, which requires starting shortly after Thanksgiving, and the cost of the postage, we just haven’t been able to do it.  So, we’re going digital again this year.  Yep, this is your card.

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What we’re reading now- holiday edition

We’re back from our hiatus.  We’ve had our battle with Mass Health and we came out victorious.  So, it’s time to catch all of you up on what we’ve been reading and doing other than preparing to fight for our right to health care.

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Tuesday Night Concerts & More

The church where I am currently a long term sub, St. Peter’s Episcopal in Central Square, Cambridge, has a concert series starting tomorrow night.  The schedule is below.

8 @ 8 pm        THE QUILISMA CONSORT (recorder trio)
15 @ 6 pm      OPERA BRITTENICA presents preview of THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA
22 @ 8 pm      AARON LARGET-CAPLAN (classical guitar)
29 @ 8 pm       NED ROREM – 90 YEARS (piano works)
5 @ 8 pm       TBA
19 @ 8 pm      COUNTERTENOR CABARET (countertenor duo and piano)
26 @ 8 pm      LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP ORCHESTRA (NEC students)
3 @ 8 pm        JUDAS MACCABAEUS (excerpts from the oratorio)
10 @ 8 pm      CHARLES TRENET CENTENNIAL (vocal duo and piano)

For more information or to inquire about being a part of the series, please contact Peter Terry at peterry19 -at-

This is the concert schedule for the series through the end of the year.  More concerts will be scheduled for the new year.  There are also some special musical events and services to keep on your radar.


Saturday, December 7 @ 1:00 pm MESSIAH SINGALONG

Saturday, December 7 @ 6:00 pm MIT WOMEN’S CHORALE

Monday, December 16 @ 7:30 pm FENWAY QUINTET (Brass & Organ Christmas Concert)

Saturday, January 4 @ 5:00 pm LESSONS AND CAROLS of CHRISTMAS

St. Peter’s is fully accessible, right on the 1 bus and the Central Sq. stop on the Red Line.

For more information:
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Central Square
838 Massachusetts Avenue at Sellers Street
Cambridge, MA


A Christmas tradition

Some friends and I have developed a Christmas Eve tradition that I am partaking of even as I type this. Do we exchange gifts? Do we throw a party? Do we sing carols together?

Yes, but not on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve we go out for Indian food at a very specific restaurant.

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How to market the end of the world

This whole, “OMG the world is going to end on 12/21/12 !!11!!!1!”… “or maybe not” thing has made both of us a little testy.  Geoff has mentioned in the past in references to other Doomsday predictions that also went nowhere that he was tempted to create Geoffrey’s Apocalyptic Passover Service, LLC.

He’s beginning to regret that he didn’t.

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