Happy Christmas to you all – not from New York, but a little village of about 450 near Banbury in Oxfordshire, quite a change from Bennett Avenue where far more lived in the apartment building across the street!
The Swell Division of the organ at OSA is nearing completion. This is the section which occupies the chamber upstairs to the left of the altar, more or less unseen from the sanctuary. (The original OSA organ was entirely located in this space.) Its expressive capacity is augmented by a series of shades, which the organist controls from the console. Opening or closing these makes possible a dramatic range of dynamics from soft to loud. Inside the chamber are two brand new windchests, one above the other, which support a large variety of colorful sounding pipes (770 to be exact) and rise to a total of about 25 feet. Some are made from wood, and some from metal, and come from different sources, including the original Moller Organ of 1929.
Each pipe has been meticulously worked on in the shop of Lawrence Trupiano in order to speak as well as possible and also blend with all of the pipework as a whole. In addition, all of the wiring required between the playing console downstairs and the new chests upstairs is new, as is the solid state relay which (with a little help from the organist) makes the right notes play at the right time. More joyful noise is coming soon to OSA!
A Visit with the Lawlesses by Eleanor Hill
In front of Shakespeare's home
A month spent in England would not be complete without a stop at the Lawless family compound. I was in London to write, to experience the culture, the Olympics, and of course, a home cooked meal from Lois Ann. My class and I were staying in London, so finding the time and the energy to take the 45 minute train ride to Banbury was hard, but well worth it.
Aboard the train I told them stories about Domingo Gordo, Christmas, and the amazing garden Lois Ann had built. Cassie and Joanna, my travel mates, are Agnostic and Conservative Jewish History majors (respectively) – so I knew they would have plenty to talk to Barrie about. We met them at the train station, the couple just as bright and warm as always, I no longer felt like a stranger in a foreign country.
These images and more are available at WHIN's Facebook page!
Barrie is continuing to make good progress. Last night his speech was almost back to normal and he was able to lift his left arm, squeeze with his fingers, and move his left thumb. His humor is certainly intact too! If all continues in this positive direction, he is due to move today to the step-down unit and eventually to rehab. He is very tired and still cannot have visitors, but we are all so thankful for your thoughts, prayers, and offers of support.
Our daughter Steph had already arrived before Barrie was taken to hospital and our son Tim and his family arrived Wednesday evening (all planned long before as Tim is on his block leave). Our daughter Keren and her family are hoping to arrive early next week. Barrie will be resting in hospital while we have 2 two-year-olds and a four-month old getting to know each other!
One urgent need we have is for the loan of a car seat which is suitable for a four month old. We do have the use of one for our 2 year old. I am hoping to meet Keren and her family from Newark when they arrive. (Please contact the office if you have one and would like to drop it off).
We love you, our OSA family,
Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA)
178 Bennett Avenue,
New York, NY 10040
one block west of Broadway
at 189th Street
We are within walking distance of both the 1 and A trains as well as the M4, M100, and Bx7 bus lines.