Once again, Glendon
and Vlasta Jantzi have been traveling the globe. A few of the places
they visited were Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, my
particular favourite the incredible Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
(Russia, not Florida!), Red Square in Moscow, Berlin, Poland and
Amsterdam. Then Vlasta went off on her own to her birthplace, Croatia.
She came back with quite an accent!
An incognito member of the Reed family reported that Mrs. Esther
Reed is looking forward to the Sunday service when it is resumed
“at the proper time.” By the time you read this, (if
it’s not deleted by the editors,) our wonderful choir will
be in their pews, singing lustily with Maestro Sarff at the organ
Dylan Scire, grandson of Judy Davis, will be going to kindergarten
at P.S. 54. At his pre-K class he had the best voice in their end
of term concert, perhaps we can sign him up for the junior choir.
Margaret Harris will be flying down to Los Alamos, New Mexico
to visit a long time friend, who happens to be a former editor of
“Around the Parish,” Martha Bendix. Martha and her late
husband Ernst were pillars of Christ Church.
Fr. Michael and a group of people from Christ Church attended
the memorial service for those who perished in the September 11
attacks last year. It was held in the S.I. Ball Park right across
from downtown Manhattan. It was a very moving ceremony with many
faiths represented. There were prayers, poetry and music: our own
Valerie Quinlin played Dvorak’s “New World Symphony”
accompanied by Eva Tooker, a member of the Richmond Choral Society.
Also singing with this choir were Nancy Scromo and Hal and Linda
Reiersen. Although a blustery, cold evening, everyone’s hearts
were warmed when the photographs of every Staten Islander who died
in the attacks were shown on an oversized screen.
Valerie is also gearing up for this year’s recital series
at Christ Church; watch the bulletin board for information. Also,
Valerie is going to give a recital on Oct. 28th at 2:30 at the Donnell
Library in Manhattan.
Enid Mitchell recently had a bump on the neck. She didn’t
know from whence it came, but she treated it with prayer and the
laying on of hands at the healing service and a bit of spit rubbed
on daily! She showed us at the coffee hour, it’s almost disappeared.
Barnett Shepherd and Nick Dowen were recently in the Deep South
on business and said it was very hot, just like New York. Their
itinerary included Birmingham, Jackson, Vicksburg, Natchez, Memphis
and Greenville. After all this traveling they attended an annual
family reunion, total 40/50 people!
Janet Schneider is keeping very fit. She’s taken up running—maybe
she’ll join the next marathon.
Elmo Ripley, the first great national basketball player, played
in the Christ Church gym when he was a kid. Rick Boody informed
us that it was before his time and before the Curtis gym was built.
Did you ever go downstairs to see the wonderful gym we have? Willie
Black III will be glad, I’m sure, to show you around.
Have you seen the church dog recently? Augie is keeping a low
profile—she’s embarrassed to be seen now that her fur
was clipped to the skin for the long hot summer.
Paul and Karen Smith are delighted that their son Ian will be
on Staten Island, as he has graduated from Marist College. However,
he’s still studying, taking a course in Leadership in Criminal
Justice at St. John’s here on home ground and paying for his
tuition himself by working at a catering company nearby.
Stephanie and Christine Santiago had lots of fun in their summer
break. They went to Allison’s Pond and Gateway and became
expert crab catchers and they also went hiking with their dad, Elvis.
Willie Black IV has made Tottenville High School and he’ll
be taking two buses to get there, and two to get back home. Congratulations,
Tottenville has a very good reputation for scholars.
Gail Bernardez had a wonderful time in France this year. She spent
a week in Paris, visiting museums, sightseeing and going around
the Louvre. Her main object was to visit her daughter in Toulouse.
She spent 7 hours on the train, but stayed three weeks there so
that she could really enjoy her family.
One Pendleton Place had a very welcome visitor from Wisconsin—Martha’s
sister Gladys (Gladdie to her friends and family.) She stayed for
about a month, after having had hip surgery. Martha introduced her
to Christ Church and she’s doing very well.
Rick Boody had a very significant birthday recently, but we won’t
give out the number of years—you wouldn’t believe it
anyway. Rick’s daughter, Abby, used her baking skills and
catered the party at the Boody residence.
The charming little red head who attended all the summer family
services (her name is Gracie) is the daughter of Ann Krusul and
her partner Leslie Sullivan. She and C.J. Brown became fast friends.
Ron and Ellen Mazzucco just got back from their cruise to the
Baltic area; some of their favourite stops were in Oslo, Stockholm,
Copenhagen and St. Petersburg where they visited the Hermitage Museum.
It’s a real treasure. My visit last year was a dream come
Scholar Eva Marie Black has started school. She informed her grandfather,
Willie Black Jr., that she already knew that stuff!
Trevor Mills is again off to his home away from home on Cheyenne
Mountain in Colorado Springs. He plans to take a side trip to Yellowstone
and Jackson Hole, which will include horseback riding and rafting
on the Oxbow bend of the Snake River.
I almost forgot, I am going to England next week, visiting daughter
Wendy in Yorkshire, and then meeting up with daughter Paige to go
bed and breakfasting in Southern Ireland. Strange, but I’ve
never been in the land of the