Nancy, one of the women from our old neighborhood planned a pot-luck luncheon for our friend Kerstin today, and also, a wonderful private concert with Anita Burroughs-Price, the harpist with our NC Symphony. I have long wanted to touch a harp, and today was the day. Although I really wanted to touch the strings and pretend to play it, I consoled myself with studying the frame - which was gorgeous in every way, as you can see. I believe Anita said this harp was made in 1936.
Anita not only played for about 45 minutes, she told stories about some of the songs, or the makers of harps, or former owners of them, which really added to the enjoyment of the afternoon.
Kerstin prepared the kitchen and dining room tables for the group of nine.
We ate lavishly (as usual) and excellently (as usual.) Chicken and broccoli, white cheddar/Gruyere mac and cheese, a cranberry casserole (one of my favorites), croissants, a lovely congealed salad, wonderful canapes and lemon bars for dessert (to die for) and white wine for those who imbibe. I forgot to take photos of my plate, but I did get the place card - after dinner. It was just lovely and I felt blessed to be among the invitees.
While Anita was playing "Londonderry Air" I inexplicably began to weep. I don't know why, but the incomparable, richly-sweet sounds of a harp are soothing to my soul. Thank you, Nancy for planning this day and thanks again to Anita for sharing her wonderful instrument and talent so freely with us.