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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 2, 2013 Page13 00Babb00onno Sixty years ago this month, Hurricane Carol hit the East Coast of the United States. The month was August and Nanna, Babbo- nonno, Morn, Dad and I were at the summer cottage in Winthrop, Maine. Dad was still playing the county fairs, but during August, he would try to book in the ones clos- est to where we were vaca- tioning. All I knew about hurricanes was what Morn told me, "You were born not long after the hurricane of 1938. I guess back then they were not named as of yet." With Nanna and Babbo- nonno staying with us in a one bedroom cottage, they slept on the living room couch which opened to a bed. As a result, I slept on a simi- lar couch located on the back porch that faced the lake. I also had a friend staying with us. Not having brothers and sisters, I had friends from home that joined me for a few days at a time. This time around, it was a fellow usher from the Seville The- ater, Carl Sinatra. A folding army cot was opened every night on the other side of the back porch and this is where my friends slept. During the mornings, we would row one of the boats out into the middle of the lake, jump overboard and swim back to the dock tow- ing the boat. Babbononno would take the row boat , when he was in the moc ..... exercise. Nanna and Mom both had fears of water and neither would go anywhere near the lake. I also b r" speed boat and that' ,he  Babbononno would araw ,le line. The row boat was OK but not the racer. One day, one of the locals who had befriended us, Arthur Gordon, asked Dad for a favor. He was taking his youngest daughters to a pediatrician in Portland and asked us to look in on his father, Old Vic, if the publi- cized storm did in fact hit us. Dad was in agreement and the Gordon family left. Not knowing anything about the storm at that point, Carl Sinatra and I were on the lake in my speed boat. We were racing around and when the water became choppy, headed back toward our dock. Dad was standing on the dock waving us in, but I interpreted it as just a wave and I waved back. One thing looked strange to me. Dad had pulled my row boat onto the beach which was aside the cottage. As the wind by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance picked up, it pulled my speed boat sideways. I turned the boat into the wind and opened it up. With the throttle almost full in a forward posi- tion, I was starting to go backward. Somehow I man- aged to beach the boat and dragged it along the water's edge back to our beach and pulled it alongside the row boat. Dad ran over yelling at us until he discovered we didn't know why he was so upset. He yelled, "Don't you idiots know that a hurricane is coming our way?. You could have been killed staying out on the lake." Well, we next put every- thing that could fly around in the wind under the cottage. Next, we closed the shutters that covered the windows and made sure we had enough drinking water which was drawn from a well which was on the left side of the cottage. Not long after, the wind picked up and we sat in both the living room and kitchen listening to the happenings on local radio. We didn't have a TV set at the cottage. As a matter of fact, no one living at the lake did. The ' _ stations broadcast wJatever they were gc',,g as news from Boston and Portland. The storm hit in full inten- sity by the afternoon. The sound of the wind in the t .... s made Morn and Nanna "," uneasy. Babbononno 1 himself a glass of Zi' ? .io's best homemade red wine and didn't have a care in the world as a result o :he effects. The sound of - rain on the roof made nings a bit disconcerting but we managed to remain controlled and rode out the storm. When it seemed to have ended a while later, Dad, Sinatra and I went out- side to inspect the damage. Thank God, there was none. We hadn't lost power, nor were there any branches broken off the trees and no trees were uprooted. Dad's car was OK with just leaves covering the hood and roof. As I looked at the beach, I discovered that my boats were missing. A closer look showed us that the churn- ing lake water had washed enough sand on shore to cover the boats and they would have to be dug out when the sand dried. So, with everything now intact, Dad said he was going down the road to check on Old Vic. The Gordon home was on the other side of the road about a quarter of a mile away. We walked the dis- tance due to fallen trees blocking the road which was called Memorial Drive. When we got the Gordon home, there was Old Vic sitting on the front steps whittling away with a glass of applejack on the step next to him. Dad spoke first, "Hi Vic, is every- thing OK?" Vic replied, "Yep." Dad asked, "Any damage to the house?" Vic replied, "Nope." Then Dad asked about the car that was left behind and Vic replied, "No damage." Then Dad asked if the dog was OK and Vic replied, "Yep." When Dad asked if there were any prob- lems with the old barn in back of the house, Old Vic replied, "Don't know, haven't found it yet!" I ran in back and saw that the barn had disappeared. The storm had wiped it off the face of the map. When the Gordons re- turned from Portland, Arthur stoically stated that he would rebuild the barn, a chore that might include all of the neighbors helping out and making a festival out of the situation. By the next day, the town had cleared away the fallen trees and things began to get back to normal. The sun was in full bloom for the next few days and the sand on the beach dried out allowing Sinatra and me to dig out my two boats. Refloat- ing them again, I now had a row boat and a speed boat to play with. We motored the perimeter of the lake look- ing for people who might need assistance, but it seemed that the lake didn't get the worst of the storm. The next day, the folks along the lake had a cook- out to celebrate the end of the storm. Old Vic brought a bottle of white lightening and Babbononno brought a gallon of red wine. If you add in the beer that was part of the cookout, everyone seemed to have a good time. Labor Day was just around the corner and all of the summer residents began to pack to return home. A final party was planned and well attended by summer folks and locals alike. What they didn't know was that the following summer would have consequences that were similar. Hurricane Diane would hit the north- east, but that's a story for another day. GOD BLESS AMERICA -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 a Socially Scene (Continued from Page 9) The timeless fairy tale Cinderella will be on stage this weekend only at The Strand Theater. (Photo courtesy of ery, will speak and share tastes of his breads. From 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, attend- ees will be treated to a cooking demo with Jeff Th- ompson, executive chef at Wheatleigh. Another exquis- ite culinary event will be announced taking place from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pro. An event on Sunday morn- ing at Seranak will feature Joanne Chang's delectable treats, both savory and sweet. An honors graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathemat- ics and Economics, Joanne left a career as a manage- ment consultant to enter the world of professional cooking, delighting Cam- bridge and Boston residents with her popular Flour bakery shops. Ms. Chang will share her pastries, stories and a look at her new and second cookbook "Flour, Too." Veuve Clicquot will complete this mouthwater- ing morning. The final offering of the festival is an exploration of the intriguing relationship between fine chocolate and different types of port. Josh Needleman of Chocolate Springs in Lenox is a master chocolatier whose creations have achieved national rec- ognition. Mr. Needleman's chocolates will pair with three posts. This hour-long event begins at 1:00 pm in the Formal Gardens Tent. Now for the music; The Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic takes place in con- junction with a special lineup of programs. On Thursday evening August 15 th n'he Goat Rodeo Show opens 'e show. Featuring world- renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist/composer EdKar Meyer, mandolinist Chn Thile and fiddler Stuart Duncan, along with Ameri- can singer/songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, comes to the Koussevitzky Music Shed to perform material from the 2011 album. On August 16 th, Keith Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops in a program featuring the celebrated pianist, vocal- ist and archivist of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein in beloved tunes from the American Songbook. Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink joins the BSO at Tanglewood for the first time in five years on Saturday, August 17 thleading the BSO in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with soloist Isabelle Faust and Mahler's Sym- phony No. 4, featuring so- prano Camilla Tilling. The following afternoon; Sunday, August 18 th, Emanuel Ax joins conductor Christoph von Dohnnyi and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra for the Leonard Bernstein Memo- rial Concert and the second weekend program dedicated to the music of Mozart and Mahler. Mr. Ax will per- form as soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat, K.271; the program closes with Mahler's Sym- phony No. 1. This annual event is filled with everything you could ask for to complete a full summer weekend! Tickets sell out fast, for more infor- mation and a complete list of all events, sponsors, par- ticipating wineries and res- taurants, visit www.tangle woodwineandfoodclassic, com. Tickets for all events are available at 888-266-1200. A Fancy Fairytale .... This weekend only -- August i st- 4 th- the classical story of Cinderella comes to life at The Strand Theatre in Dorchester. Rossini's clever interpre- tation of the Cinderella story comes to life in this Boston Opera Collaborative pro- duction in partnership with period orchestra Grand Harmonie. Based on the beloved fairy tale, this comic opera tells the story of a com- passionate young lady who longs to escape her dreary life under the control of her arrogant, wicked stepsisters Clorinda and Tisbe. First performed in Rome in l 7, Cinderella features sor, _ of Rossini's most ey :ng writ- ing for  and en- bes. rJobLon Opera Col- laborative Artistic Director Andrew Altenbach makes his company conducting de- but lea. mg Grand Harmonie, a period ensemble that per- forms the works of classical and romantic composers on the instruments for which they were written. The pro- duction will be sung in Ital- ian with English subtitles. It never hurts to pull ourselves away from the daily madness and step back into our childhoods of make believe. Cinderella will be on stage only through Sunday, so there is not a moment to delay. The Strand Theatre is located at 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester and you can visit for tickets and details.