We have had a small taste of winter and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I like having four seasons. You can have your Florida or Hawaii weather all year long — that's not for me.
I hope some of the local photographers are getting some winter pictures at the hatchery for our contest. The contest doesn't end until June — we're hoping for a snow picture or two. I don't know that they will win, but it provides the judges with some variety. So get the camera out and get some photos. If you need rules for the contest, you can pick them up at the information desk in the visitors center.
I certainly enjoyed the music this Christmas. On our television satellite stations there were many channels that just broadcast Christmas songs. Those stations were played heavily in our house.
I enjoyed Mahalia Jackson more than anyone else. On each station, you had a choice. You could have "popular," "traditional," "hip hop," "country and western" "rock and roll," and many more. I chose the "classics tunes." That meant I was serenaded by some great music. Mahalia Jackson; of course; the Canadian Brass; the Boston, New York and Philadelphia symphonies; Frank Sinatra; Lena Horne; Bing Crosby; Kay Starr; Peggy Lee; Tony Bennett; Rosemary Clooney; Count Basie; Dean Martin; Al Martino and many more were all singing traditional carols and hymns.
The nicest thing was the music continued until New Year's Day, so when the rush of Christmas was over, you could really listen to the music.
But now's the time to look forward. Everyday life will pick up and we'll be back in the saddle again. Several groups I am involved with take November and December off and pick up again in January.
It's going to be a busy year at the hatchery. Several fishing derbies will be held and several projects are in the works. Right now the Friends are having a small picnic shelter built to replace a shade tree that once protected a picnic table near the raceways. The shelter should protect the table for a long, long time.
At Newtonia, it always a busy place with visitors showing up all year around. On Thanksgiving Day, Russell and I drove to Newtonia for lunch. We had some books to drop off at the mansion house. When we got there, we found a couple from Wisconsin looking at the state markers we have. We visited with them and gave them a quick tour of the house. They really appreciated us giving them some of our Thanksgiving celebration time. They have since ordered a copy of the PBS video of the battle of Newtonia and sent a generous donation.
I always wish we had more time to spend with unexpected visitors, but we do the best we can.
Page 2 of 2 - Finally, Happy New Year to everyone. May your year be blessed with more than you could wish for.
Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.