Greetings to all! I wanted to take a moment to look back on this past year and share a few photos and reflections.

It was a great wedding season, and also a year for some very interesting times and transitions in life and business in general.

Our wedding season started in January with Michael and Ozzie’s wedding at Green Mountain Inn – I’m still hoping to put up a full post on Michael and Ozzie’s wedding, but at the top of the page is a quick shot in the meantime, courtesy of Tamme Stitt Photography.


In May, my daughter Mariah, violinist and harpist for Turidae Duo and Trio, graduated from Vassar College. Here she is collecting her diploma:


Spring weddings covered territory from Lyon Mountain, New York, to Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden and much more.

Here we are crossing the ferry to Plattsburgh for Amanda and Brandon’s June 6 wedding:


Yes – June 6 was the day of the infamous prison escape in Dannemora, the town just before Lyon Mountain – but the guests planned to arrive early and were consequently on time, and despite having our trunk searched 6 times, despite the fact that Amanda’s Dad works for corrections, he made it early and the wedding was beautiful. More detail on the way, but meanwhile, here’s the lovely church in Lyon Mountain, NY:


Later in June we had weddings at Mountain Top Inn, Sugarbush and Shelburne Farms. At Sugarbush, we (Turidae Trio, with both of my daughters) traveled up the mountain via chairlift to a secluded spot for Laura and Matt’s wedding. Here are Mariah and Clara on the way up:


And here’s their lovely ceremony:


At Shelburne Farms for Alison and Stuart’s wedding, we were treated to perfect weather by the lake.

And 2 days later, Mariah and I left town for a great adventure – we hiked the length of Vermont’s Long Trail, from the Massachusetts border to the Canada border, 23 days of backpacking about 280 miles plus some side trails. You can see photos on my Facebook pages! Here’s one of the two of us, taken by my husband Robert who hiked with us one day, on top of Mount Abraham:


It has been a busy year! I’m just starting to catch up with myself now, after all the preparations and experiences of 3 1/2 weeks of backpacking! I’ve also had some developments in my teaching studio, so it’s been overall and exciting and busy year!

Each wedding brings special memories of the couple we played for and the musicians I played with. I hope to have a chance to put up more pictures with all the details from as many weddings as I can! In the meantime, I hope this smattering of photos will suffice. Weddings from July through October ranged from an intimate gathering at Echo Lake Inn to a St. Peter’s Church in Rutland to Stratton Mountain Chapel, and many more. My daughters and I (Turidae Trio – or sometimes Duo) also played at Memorial Services and parties – here’s a shot of the Vermont Mutual Retirement Party at Capital Plaza:


 Stay tuned in the New Year for further reflections, photos, experiences, recommendations, and more. And you may wish to check out my most recent article for the Vermont Bride Blog – from December 2015. I’ll be linking more of my Vermont Bride Blog articles on this blog shortly.

This balloon over the lake from Jenny and Curt’s September wedding at the Quechee Club strikes me as a nice closing shot. Wishing all readers the best in 2016!