It seems that David and I don’t really have one New Year’s Eve tradition… if anything our tradition is to do something different each year. Last night was no exception. We went to several performances at First Night in Northampton and had dinner at the Green Street Cafe for a very tasty dinner. We were accompanied by a young woman from Germany, Gina, who is staying with us for a week.
The highlight of our evening was being part of the audience for a performance by a Bluegrass band, Lost Mountain. Even though the venue was something to be desired (It was too small and the lighting and acoustics were horrible), the three guys in the band made up for it with their lively spirit and great playing and singing, even without microphones. Bluegrass was new to Gina, who has a beautiful singing voice herself. She said it was a great introduction to Bluegrass. David and I will definitely be going to more of their performances here in the Pioneer Valley. It’s fun to be in the environment that these three musicians create for their audience. And they take requests… they played the song I requested, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” This favorite comes directly out of my Amish background.
On the way home, the clock turned midnight, so we wished one other a Happy New Near. When we came home we toasted one another with sparkling juice and sat by our Christmas Tree for a while before retiring for the night.
How did you spend your New Year’s Eve? Do you have any New Year’s traditions? I would love to hear about them.
Many Blessings to all for the year 2011!