July 18 was a beautiful warm summer evening in Spokane’s favorite park – and Connoisseur Concerts’ Mozart on A Summer’s Eve’s 21st birthday. This popular event in Manito Park was well attended as always. Dinners from Luna at tables, picnics on blankets on the lawn, loungers in lawn chairs, everyone relaxed to the songs of the program Ciao, Belle Donne! Colleen Bryant Palmer,Heather Steckler Parker and Heather Peterson sang solos, duets, and together sang the Three Ladies Trio from The Magic Flute. They were accompanied by special guest Zuill Bailey on the cello and the Connoisseur Concerts’ Ensemble: Keri McCarthy and Bethany Schoeff, oboe; Daniel Cotter and James Schoepflin, clarinet; Roger Logan, Margaret Wilds and Verne Windham, horn; Susan Hess and Ryan Hare, bassoon; Kim Plewniak, string bass. See my digital images of the event . . . . . .
Jay, a friend and photographer, asked if we could walk together some time. In early March my Euro-American friend and I walked the Manito Park – Cannon Hill Park Loop. It was a mild between seasons sort of day. The duck pond at Manito Park was still frozen but very little snow. The Cannon Hill pond was not frozen but no new greenery was yet to be seen. The Japanese Garden was still closed for the winter. We saw many joggers, dog walkers, family groups, and bicyclists enjoying the day. Everyone was smiling and welcoming, but Bob was the only African American to be seen.