By definition,
the thing about magical moments
is you really don’t know
how they happen.
Yes, our wise and wonderful
board members were present
all day, making preparations.
Yes, we set a beautiful table
down by Doe Creek.
Yes, lovely guests arrived
with heirloom squash in hand;
with eagerness and curiosity
to tour and explore;
with delight for conversation
and connection.
Yes, Kam’s Kookery
cooked a fabulous dinner
of local foods
which we ate together
as sun disappeared in the west
and the sky turned pale pink.
Yes, Woods & Waters Winery’s
Shiraz was perfect.
Yes, Ann Zimmerman
performed a gentle, brilliant
concert in the old round-top barn.
Yes, the moon, the stars
and a fire warmed us too.
So, perhaps, it wasn’t one element,
but I’m not sure
how all of them combined
made it happen.
Maybe it’s the quality
of each element—
homegrown food,
prepared kindly;
homegrown live music
with heart;
a natural setting,
soft and lovely;
friends,
with a passion
for the planet,
gathered.
Can’t really say
why;
only
that it was
all
together
magic.

DSCN1689Green Connection board members setting the table alongside Doe Creek

DSCN1695Guests arriving, greeting each other

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DSCN1698Sharing an heirloom squash

DSCN1704Spending time with the animals

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DSCN1711Touring (Strawbale hermitage, in background)

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Ann Zimmerman, warming up for the after-dinner concert

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DSCN1715Last chance at the appetizer table

DSCN1716Board members Shauna Struby, Barbara Hagan and Bruce Johnson welcome dinner guests

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DSCN1725The traditional wave photos—from both ends of the table

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DSCN1731The Concert