Our Holiday Extravaganza was filled with joy and fun! Hundreds of children enjoyed lunch with Santa, dancing to live music and face painting. The mechanical reindeer ride was huge and impressive and lots of smiling kids of all ages got to take fun rides. Special thanks to all the volunteers and to Downey’s for hosting the event.
It was wonderful to have Santa come by and visit us this week and meet so many children from our community. Happy holidays to everyone!
We had another fascinating book club. This month we read and discussed "M Train" by Patti Smith.
M Train is Smith's second memoir, following the 2010 National Book Award-winning Just Kids. While Just Kids recounts Smith's early life, the beginning of her career and particularly her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe, M Train focuses on a later portion of her life, the period since the release of her debut album Horses in 1975. The memoir particularly recounts the personal losses that marked the forty-year span between Horses and M Train, including the deaths of Mapplethorpe in 1989, of AIDS; Smith's husband, guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, in 1994 at 45, of heart failure; and Smith's brother Todd a month later, of a stroke.
Hope to see you next month.