Merry and busy holiday season

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling since the beginning of November. Most of the time I haven’t been able to use my computer and some places didn’t have free internet access so I failed to write this newsletter around Thanksgiving time – sorry about that. I hope you all had a wonderful time with your loved ones, feeling thankful for countless things we usually take for granted.

Smiley face - photo by Daria

Smiley face - photo by Daria

While traveling from one place to another, I enjoy wide, open roads so I can go fast. However, I just as much appreciate narrow, winding paths. They give me a chance to slow down, to enjoy the view, to take a deep breath and smell the roses. And that’s why I decided to make this past travelling experience different. Instead of driving straight to my final destination I stopped and visited a new place. Every day.

So I got to enjoy a delightful afternoon at the downtown Historic District in Savannah, Georgia. Those old houses and mansions with iron fences and artwork are truly enchanting.

Mercer House, Savannah, Georgia.

Mercer House in Savannah, Georgia

 

The next afternoon me and my son visited Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia. We were there at the perfect time to experience the most beautiful fall scenery like we haven’t seen in years. Weeks later, the very thought of this place still makes me smile and some photos I took there are stunning.

 

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - photo by Daria

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - photo by Daria

One could easily write a book about the MIT campus and museum in Boston, Massachusetts. We spent the whole day there and it was beyond description impressive – in every way.

English: MIT building, Boylston St., Boston

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Niagara Falls greeted us with the coldest day of our trip. Our faces felt frozen and Erik got so cold he couldn’t say the “b” sound any more. We’re still laughing about that…

 

Niagara Falls, photo by Daria

Niagara Falls, photo by Daria

On the way to Cleveland we’ve spotted some mountain peaks, covered in snow. And that was the only snow we’ve seen during the entire trip. The weather was unusually warm everywhere we went and people were thanking us for bringing the Florida sunshine with us. 🙂

I always feel welcome in Cleveland and visiting all those places where jam sessions take place is a lot of fun. So was the big Thanksgiving polka fest at the downtown Marriott, for the 50th time organized by Tony Petkovsek.

Jam session at the Slovenian Home in Cleveland - photo by Daria

Jam session at the Slovenian Home in Cleveland - photo by Daria

It made me happy to see that quite a few of the musicians featured, recognized or awarded by the Polka Hall of Fame – are also scheduled to play at our hall in Spring Hill: Alex Meixner, Bob Kravos, Walter Ostanek, Dan Peters, Frank Moravcik, Linda Hochevar, John Gurl and probably a couple more.

One of them, Dan Peters, who received an award for the original waltz of the year, will be playing in Spring Hill with Bob Turcola on January 1 of 2012. If you’re staying home on New Year’s eve – or if you still have enough energy to dance after partying the night before – please join us for a nice Sunday afternoon dance. Here are the details:

NEW YEAR’S DANCE with BOB TURCOLA ORCHESTRA
Sunday, January 1, 2012 – from 2 to 6 PM
Door opens at noon
Food served between 12:30 PM and 2 PM

Square at The Villages - photo by Daria

Square at The Villages - photo by Daria

I hope you’re all ready for Christmas. Recently, Nezka and I visited The Villages, Florida’s friendliest hometown, to enjoy some things this growing community has to offer. Christmas lights around some houses were quite stunning. Sometimes I wonder how much time the owners spend to put it all up and then take it down.

Without a doubt they must think it’s well worth the effort and that’s one of the things I most enjoy about Christmas. Everything seems to transform into that magical state where dreams come easily and people follow their hearts more often.

Christmas at The Villages - photo by Daria

Christmas at The Villages - photo by Daria

Whether you were good or bad this past year and Santa brings you a nice present or not, go ahead and (day)dream about something that makes you happy. And always keep in mind that:

Faith makes all things possible,
Hope makes all things work, and
Love makes all things beautiful.

May you have all the three for this Christmas.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Annabelle and Vern's Christmas tree - photo by Daria

Annabelle and Vern's Christmas tree - photo by Daria

From my heart,

Daria

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Most of all Daria enjoys creating, designing, taking photos of, writing about and sharing all the beautiful, cheerful things and moments. She finds them everywhere she goes. And tons of fun people, too!

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fr. rock - December 24, 2011

Daria & Erik:

Christmas blessings! Fr. Rock Travnikar, OFM

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Larry & Linda Sintic - December 24, 2011

Dear Daria……………Hope you and your son have a beautiful and joyous Christmas. It’s always truly pleasant to see your smiling face. You bring the Florida sunshine up north when you visit. Meeting you at Enon Valley this past summer and seeing you at the Thanksgiving Polka Fest was certainly a pleasant surprize. Oh…….good grief, you probably have no idea who we are. Well we met you when you stayed next door to our friends, Frank and Joyce Okicki, in Enon Valley. Larry sat in and played drums with “The Turk” that Sunday. Please let us know when you’ll be returning to our area. Have a great holiday season…………Larry & Linda Sintic

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Frank Benedict - December 25, 2011

Hi Daria
Thank you for your update of you news letter, I always enjoy them. Your trip sounded like you had a great trip.

Hope to see you new years day

Frank

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