Friday morning we woke up early (for us) to drive the hour and fifteen minutes to the north side of Baltimore. Why? To meet up with old friends whom we last saw at least fifteen years ago. Mark and Roxanne were not only members of a church I pastored in Berwick, but they have been wonderful friends to us. Mark and I enjoyed many conversations of a spiritual and/or theological nature in the past, intermingled with some great tennis matches. It was so good to see them again. We were able to spend about 3 1/2 hours over breakfast at Bob Evans recollecting and reconnecting.
Since we were already on the other side of Baltimore, we decided to make a full day of it. Our first stop was the Baltimore Museum of Art. It was there that 15-20 years ago, I was introduced to what has since become a passion with me, the world of fine art. Our first visit to this museum was for a special Paul Cezanne exhibition. Since then, Cindy and I have been graced to visit some of the greatest museums of the world.
After spending an hour or two at the Baltimore Museum of Art, we drove downtown to the Walters Art Museum, hosting a wonderful collection amassed by a father and son during the mid-19th century, William T. and Henry Walters. The museum, in my estimation, is every bit as good, if not more so, than the Baltimore Museum of Art. We were pleasantly surprised to view excellent works from ancient times through the 19th century.
After dinner at the Cheesecake Factory on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, we drove to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to enjoy an evening with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The highlight of the evening was Olga Kern’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. What a beautiful piece performed so well by Ms. Kern and the orchestra! And, what a powerful emotional release with the revelation of that 18th variation!
On Saturday, Cindy and I spent two or three hours painting with Acrylics in Beatitude’s cockpit. Viewing all that wonderful art inspires us to explore our own creative sides. We finished up in time to drive to the local Buffalo Wild Wings to sit in front of the big screen to watch Georgia’s annihilation of the South Carolina Gamecocks, 52-20. In so doing, Georgia’s beleaguered transfer quarterback, Greyson Lambert, broke the all-time college football record for completion percentage in a game, completing 24 of 25 passes. Wow!
Sunday, Cindy and I attended worship at St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis. We’ve attended here previously, and always leave encouraged and challenged. The music, liturgy, and message were all well done and edifying. After lunch, some shopping, and a haircut, we returned to Beatitude for the rest of the evening. Today, we will receive another special visit by family. Donnie and Judy are coming to spend three of four days with us!