Month: December 2014

Happy New Year 2015

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Holidays / Mostly Musings / Neighbors

No one can say that 2014 was an uneventful year for Maples at the Sonatas. We had more than our share of ups and downs. Fortunately, most of the downs were accompanied by ups. Our list of injuries and serious illnesses was longer than anyone would have predicted at this time last year. The positive to come from the situation, of course, is the way we volunteered to help those in need. Certainly, none of […]

Dickens Carollers Return With More Seasonal Joy

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Social Life

We build traditions quickly here at Maples at the Sonatas. If we do something once, and enjoy it, we naturally want to do it again. After one repetition, the event becomes a tradition. It’s that simple. Yesterday, the Dickens Carollers became an official, established Christmas tradition. A visit from them is now a required part of our community holiday celebration. Last year I wrote a post about their visit. If you would like to see […]

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 […]