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Singing Valentines a Hallmark of Silk City Chorus

Posted on February 11, 2015

  Write-up by Jacqueline Bennett   “Let me call you sweetheart, I’m in love with you ….” Who wouldn’t want to receive a romantic serenade of such timeless lyrics for Valentine’s Day?   For those in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut area, the Silk City Chorus continues its longstanding tradition this coming Friday and Saturday, February 13 and February 14, of offering a “Singing  Valentine” personally delivered by a “tuxedo-clad Barbershop Quartet” – sung in “magnificent 4-part harmony”. For $50., in addition to performing two love songs, they deliver a card, a fresh rose and a photo of the quartet singing to the recipient.   Singing valentines have become a hallmark of the award-winning, Manchester-based chorus that is a member of the 75-year-old non-profit Barbershop Harmony Society.   “We perform valentines at offices,…

Teapots & Nana – A Mother’s Day Memory

Posted on May 7, 2014

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb (as shared by Deb) “Do you know why I love teapots?” Debbie said a short time after my mother’s passing in December of 2010. “Because Nana and I would sit in the kitchen in the early morning and she would read my future in the tea leaves left inside my tea cup – it was always something wonderful and positive.” My mother had a wealth of folklore knowledge and knowledge about superstitions. Among them was one about tea leaves. If a tea bag broke inside a teapot or cup as it simmered, it was good luck to finish drinking the cup of tea she told us. Then she would turn the cup upside down, slowly twirl it around on its…

Speaking Once Again On Behalf of Women Who Still Love Flowers

Posted on February 14, 2014

  By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Happy Valentines Day! Below is an excerpt from a short essay I wrote as a reporter for the Windsor Journal, first published on February 14, 2003 pondering the question “Is it passe for men to bring women flowers?” Speaking On Behalf of Women Who Still Love Flowers …. The most memorable men not only bring flowers, open doors and pull out a woman’s chair, but these days, they also respect her goals and achievements. Comparatively, evolved women no longer expect a man to be invincible. As the song goes, “Give to me your leather, take from me my lace.” It’s not so much a person’s actions per se that make a difference. Rather, it’s what those actions can represent that…

A Life Well-Lived – Happy Birthday Mom!

Posted on January 12, 2014

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Happy Birthday Mom! Some of us were reminiscing yesterday about the big birthday celebration we had for my mother at Shea’s American in January 2010. Just months later in December of that year she passed away. The party turned out to be not only a source of tremendous joy for her but also a lasting gift for the family – a treasured memory to keep – the final time we all gathered together with her the way we had so often over the years.   Wearing a yellow rose corsage, her favorite flower, adorned with seven yellow roses representing her seven children, she was on top of the world that day. There was a large turnout and the buffet was…

“And If You’re Very Lucky, You Find Someone Willing To Stand With You”

Posted on May 12, 2013

Word Press Daily Prompt: I Want To Know What Love Is: We each have many types of relationships – parents, children, spouses, friends. And, they’re not always with people; you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all varieties of  “love”? “And in the end the best you can hope for is to find a place to make a stand. And if you’re very lucky, you will find someone willing to stand with you.” Castle Finale Season Three Someone willing to stand with you…to me, that quotation distinguishes the single trait, the thread of continuity in all relationships, essential to love. Be those relationships with family, friends or in romance. It is those who…

Cupid Hits Mark in Windsor, CT with 50 Year Free Valentine’s Day Marriage License Tradition

Posted on February 15, 2012

 Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Cupid hit his mark February 14 in Windsor, Connecticut helped by a 50 year tradition of free Valentine’s Day marriage licenses offered by the Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall, where seven couples wed and two couples renewed their vows. Others who received free marriage licenses in Windsor over the past 50 years turned out as well for a special reception to commemorate the golden anniversary of the license give away. “It’s not  just a Hallmark holiday, it’s our holiday,” said Troy Ruff. Last Valentine’s Day Ruff and his wife Erin got married here, following in the footsteps of her parents, Windsor Fire Chief Bill Lewis and his wife Rita, who took advantage of the free license 35…