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Something Old, Something New…

Posted in Uncategorized by gregmironchuk on February 22, 2012

My William, at The Lynn, MA, Observatory, looking for a picture or two...

I’m on a 120 Film/Twin Lens Camera jag, this week… found an old box with a couple of dead YashicaMats in it… assembled them into a whole, working YashicaMat, and took it out with us, while we looked for some pictures to put toward William’s ‘portfolio’, to take to The Boy Scouts’ Merit Badge University (at Harvard University) course in photography, next week.
I loaned William my favorite Olympus E300, with the 14-45mm lens, and we went cruising around The North Shore.
One of my favorite spots is High Rock Tower and Observatory, in Lynn. They have a 12″ Meade telescope, in the Observatory, and one can reserve a time to use it, at . There’s a GREAT view, in any direction, and it’s just Peaceful, up there.

We’re Havin’ A Party

Posted in Uncategorized by gregmironchuk on February 1, 2012

(l. to r.) Ben E. King, Tony Orlando, and Lala Brooks (of the Crystals) sing at my friend, Wesley Reed's house, during his annual Winter Party.

My friend, Wes Reed, has the one-and-only Ben E. King, and his band, come to his house to entertain, at least once, every year. They are friends, and have been doing this for at least a dozen years. This year, somehow, someway… Wes was able to engineer having Ben’s biggest fan, Tony Orlando (yeah, THAT Tony Orlando) surprise Ben, by coming in, during Ben’s set, and sing a few songs with him.

The Maraschino Cherry on the whole thing, was Ben bringing Lala Brooks, the voice you hear most strongly in songs by The Crystals (‘Dah Do Run Run’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’).

Whatta night!

Lala Brooks, from The Crystals.