Month: December 2014

Schumann on Schumann Street

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My neighbor, Ann Downing, came to Maples at the Sonatas with a seven-foot grand piano and a lifelong passion for classical music. I don’t think she chose her new community because its streets are named for composers—Schumann, Handel, and Verdi. But she did choose her Canterbury because her piano fit well in the living room. Though modest about her talent, Ann is happy to oblige when neighbors ask her to play. Her piano is a […]

Christmas in Woodstock

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Pictures / Woodstock

Christmas is a truly magical time in Woodstock, IL. And the magic is centered in the heart of our town, the historic Woodstock Square. During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, workers string thousands of lights in the trees on the Square and on the buildings surrounding it. Then, on the night after Thanksgiving, Miss Woodstock flips the switch. This year more than 2,000 people were there to ooh and ahh at the beauty. Rather […]