|Some have called Connecticut the "home of fife and drum corps" in the United States.|
Their local police department was kept very busy with all of the traffic.
I have a great affinity for Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, especially Essex, Connecticut's Sailing Masters of 1812, one of the best Fire and Drum Corps I have heard. I grew up listening to both them and the (also inspiring) Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps.
|Fife and Drum Corps meet the (made-up) criteria for preppy music of high quality, live, intimate, shared across generations, and ideally played in venues that don't involve tickets.|
“Fife and Drum was the basic means of communication between the troops and their commanders. Different drum beats would signal when to wake up, load your guns, go get fire wood or water. A fifer and a drummer were assigned to each regiment, and they would be in charge of letting the troops in that regiment know what to do. The tunes would also be played for moral or death marches.” (Description from here.)
(One of my 5th Great Grandfathers, Abel Corson (the Corsons were a Long Island whaling family in the 1600s), was a Fifer-Major in the Revolutionary War. He marched and played his fife for six years and seven months straight, after which he returned to the family's ship building business.)
I had the great pleasure of meeting a reader, who was willing to pose!
|Apparently I had put up a photo of his wife's dogs in an earlier post....|
|...so naturally I had to do it again.|
The event supported only the first supposition of the famous line: "That's the thing you gotta remember about WASPs. They love animals, but they can't stand people." (Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street.)
|Current parents and students from my former day school sported scarves with our school colors.|
|Around New England, the volunteer firefighters are the backbone of almost any parade.|
|We also got to learn a bit about Lincoln College at Oxford.|
|A group poses for the local newspaper. And yes, the dogs are related.|
|It can be far too easy to take for granted the efforts of volunteers, including from the Chambers of Commerce, who make such events happen year after year.|
And so thanks to so many, the Christmas season officially began, not with a bang but with a whimper. And a bark. And a lot of wags.