Saturday, April 18, 2009
Katchen's Springtime Celebration
With three email accounts, all tended with varying degrees of responsible stewardship, I was not surprised when local environmental activist and advocate Katchen Coley called the house to ask if I had received her invitation to her annual daffodil celebration. I had not, but immediately accepted, and I'm happy to have been invited to this vernal observation which has been going on for many years.
Coley's house, tucked into a spectacular, and rare, geological bowl, is a triple-tiered modern wonder connected to the ridge which hides it, by bridges and staircases. It's design is open and architecturally grand, but comfortable and practical.
The party took place outside, on a perfect Spring evening, amidst trees in bud, and daffodils in bloom, with a gurgling brook inviting youngsters to wade.
The crowd was a great Middletown mix of Council members, academics, musicians, journalists, activists and old-schoolers, with a newcomer or two thrown in for good measure. The crudite was superb, and the conversation better, and the Dixieland band played old favorites just to make the evening perfect.
Thanks Katchen, for making us all appreciate what's so wonderful about Middletown once again.