Let's start with a look at the houses:
Last night (Saturday) we ate a scrumptious pizza dinner there that Dad, Pam, and Betsy worked together to make. While there, Ruby got acquainted with the cousins (they probably have some fancier title like second cousins once removed, but oh well), especially Jackson. She took quite a shine to him. I think she would be very happy to have him as a doting older brother. He was really sweet with her, and would occasionally call to me, "Ruby sure likes pink lemonade!" and "Well, Ruby should be happy, because I gave her my straw to play with."
|That's Brittany in the background.|
|The mighty amphitheater before the pops concert started|
This morning we attended the church service at the amphitheater. Chautauqua Institution was founded as a religious camp, and still has a strong religious tradition. It is ecumenical now, and even holds Shabbat and Jum'a services on Fridays. Every week of the 9 week program has a different theme and a different pastor from a different denomination who leads the spiritual services. This week is Rev. Jon Walton of First Presbyterian Church in NYC. To preach here you probably have to walk the sometimes fine line of ecumenism, and he did so, but it was an interesting sermon nonetheless. The best part was the music, though. It was fun to be part of a huge crowd in a big outdoor space singing old hymns along with a splendid and sonorous pipe organ.
|Rev. Walton is seated on the left, with the organist/choirmaster standing next to him. Then is Rev. Campbell, the pastor at Chautauqua, and the scripture reader of the day.|
|I took this at the end after a lot of people had left, but the organist was playing a Bach fugue.|
Ruby sat in church with us for a little while, but she kept wanting to touch the other parishioners in the pew below us, which might have been a bit distracting to them. After a little while, she took a walk with her grandma. After the service Rachael came over to say hello; I had run into her husband and kids the day before while out for a walk. She looks fantastic and it was fun to see her. She and Philip are teaching at Chautauqua this week; sounds like quite the gig! Classes start tomorrow. I'm excited to learn some new guitar skills. Right now, Mom and Dad are off on a walk, Ruby is supposed to be taking a nap, and Sarah was whisked off to the beach by Haley and Brittany. The perfect time to blog! I had a nice morning nap, too. Vacation is great! Thanks to all who made it possible!
|Notice Sarah's new 'do? Pretty short and sweet!|