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  • Stephen D'Agostino

Two Reading Residents To Sing in Cantabile Concert This Weekend

For much of the three years we have lived in Reading, Bill and I have had a regular disagreement about how we would spend our weekends. Because I work from home, I was always up for getting out of the house and going for a drive or running an errand. Sometimes I’d point to a town on a map whose name was in a bigger or different typeface than the names of other towns around it and say, "let's go see how big it is." We've learned the general answer is not very. Bill was always a sport, but since he travels most of the time, he would have preferred staying home and relaxing.

Over the course of the last several months, my relationship to our home has changed. Now I have a roster of projects I can do to tame my wanderlust. As I write this, I have bread proofing in the kitchen. While that’s in the oven, I’m going to make stroopwafels (thin caramel-filled Dutch cookies). Later, I may do some knitting or find a movie to watch.

I love my home and enjoy spending time in it. The downside is that during the week, especially when Bill is away, I see no one. I talk to no one. I just work. As this relates to my column, I find myself scrambling to come up with things to write about.

I think the difficulty of finding column ideas also comes from the time of the year. I’m probably not the only person who enjoys his warm house. While wracking my brain and beginning to panic a bit, I came up with a borrowed rhyme that encapsulates my situation. "It was the month after Christmas, and all through the town, there's not much to write about, at least nothing I've found."

Clearly I need to get out more often.

Of course, there is always something going on in Reading or going on for people who live in Reading.

For example, though illnesses scuttled the plans of some people who planned to go to the Women's March in Montpelier, Lisa Morrison did attend, along with a friend from New Hampshire. Lisa tells me that she was impressed with the fact that so many young people attended and spoke. The general theme, she says, was acceptance, inclusiveness, and diversity. Those sound like the beat of a drum we—men and women—should all march to.

Tonight (if you’re reading the paper on Thursday), the Reading Village Center Committee will be meeting at the library at 6:30pm to review Reading’s application for Village Center Designation. I know nothing about what this is, but I want to learn more. I’m going to do my best to attend. Maybe I’ll see you there.

Though not happening in town, Reading residents Sara Norcross and Kathy Duhamel will be singing with the women’s Classical chorus in the concert “Sacred Winter,” which has two performances this weekend. The first is at 3pm on Saturday, January 27, at the First Congregational Church in Lebanon, NH. The second is at 3pm on Sunday, at the Norwich Congregational Church in Norwich.

The program focuses on themes of snow, song, love, comfort, and warmth and features Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Faure’s Low Mass for Women’s Voices, and musical poetry from the British Isles, Israel, Canada, Germany, and Norway. Accompanying the women will be a string quartet and piano.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for Seniors, $5 for students 13 and over and free for children 12 and younger accompanied by an adult. You can buy tickets at the door or by visiting

Moving into February, don’t forget the PTO’s Mama Mia’s Pasta Bistro, which is happening on Sunday, February 11, from 4pm to 7pm at the Reading Elementary School.

Also mark your calendar for the Reading Historical Society’s Annual Meeting, which is happening on February 17 at 4:30pm. The society will have the business part of the gathering, then a potluck dinner and a talk by Jonathan W. Stevens, president of the Genealogical Society of Vermont. Mr. Stevens will be discussing “what tools are available to research your genealogy.”

You may not know, but the society turns 65 this year (and is looking quite good for its age, if you ask me).

It’s planning a big year of celebratory events, so come for the food, the talk, and to hear what the society has planned for 2018.

Speaking of adding another year, happy birthdays to Kate Allen (January 25), Eric Hathorn (January 30), and Theodore Lucier (January 31).

That’s the news from Reading! See you next week!

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