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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 2, 2012 Page 13 by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Now that Halloween is over it's time to think of Thanks- giving. But, before I start writing stories about that holiday, I have to tell you ~of the first time I ever experi- enced a hurricane. It was late August in 1954. My folks, Nanna, Babbononno and a childhood chum, Carl Sinatra, were at the family cottage in Winthrop, Maine. It was the taft end of the sum- mer and Carl and I were doing eve~Yuhing we could to prolong the fun we had had all month. Being an only child, Dad often let me invite a friend to spend time with us at the Maine cottage. Carl and I worked to- gether at the Seville Theater and we often "hung around" together. Dad knew his father from his own high school days and had no problem with me inviting Carl for the last couple of weeks of August. Carl was a personable type and my summer friends soon became his friends. A couple of summer residents from Lewiston, Maine had sons just a little older than we were and to Dad's consterna- Uon, the boys taught Carl and me how to ride their motor- cycles. My father was worried when we headed out on the backs of the bikes during the day, but wouldn't let us go motorcycle riding at night. What neutralized this were the two daughters of another summer family. Carl and I would walk them to town, take them to a local hangout called McNamera's ... a Maine ver- sion of Arnold's from Happy Days. We were more inter- ested in teenage girls than Harley Davidson's. Quite of- ten, someone would pick us as we walked back. Most of the folks on Memorial Drive, the main drag on the "east side of Lake Maranacook knew who we were and would stop us at night with, "You young folks want a ride back to the uttha end of thah lake?" We usually accepted. Around the 28th or 29th of August, Dad had heard that a storm was coming up the east coast. He told Carl and me to take the speed boat, head to the public landing at the edge of town with several empty gas cans, one or two for gasoline and the others for kerosene. He wanted to be prepared. If the electricity went out we had old fashioned kerosene lamps. If trees were knocked down and we could not get to town by car, we would have extra gas for the boat. Babbononno didn't like the speed boat and wouldn't ride in it. If he wanted to take his chances on the lake, we had a row boat that he could use. The speed boat was ex- actly that. It was built for rac- ing, held 4 people and was powered by a 50 horse power Mercury race engine, when 50 horse power was real horse power. Carl and I took care of the chores and forgot about the storm. Well, that night at McNamera's, it was just the two of us, we met two girls around our ages. They and their families were staying at a place at the opposite end of the lake. We were invited to their cottage the next day and Dad dropped us off before taking Mom shopping. Carl and I walked down a winding road and stopped at a closed wrought iron gate. There was a call box on a pole and we buzzed and announced ourselves. Seconds later, the gate swung open. When we arrived at the cottage, it was a two level lakefront man- sion. We looked at each other and didn't know what to do. We rang the bell and were let in by a lady who announced us to the girls. After we said hello, I innocently asked if the lady who opened the door was their mother. It was the maid. Carl and I looked at each other knowing we were in over our heads. The girls turned out to be the daugh- ters of one of the owners of Montgomer3y Ward from the Chicago area. We were treated to lunch by the girls and we chatted much of the afternoon. When it was time to leave, we all jumped into one of the cars and a man in a black suit, bow tie and a captain's cap got behind the wheel. Carl asked if this was their fa-her and the girls told him ttat he was their father's driver. We were really in over our heads. When we were dropp(d off at our cot- tage, the girs invited us back the following day to hang out and swim a their place. We accepted. The next (ay, Dad was lis- tening to the radio about the storm. We dttn't have a TV at the cottage md the only news came over o~e of the few cen- tral Maine sations. Carl and I didn't wai for the midday weather foreast. We jumped into the s~eed boat and headed in t~ direction of the Montgomerj Ward family summer plme. We got about fifty yards out from our cot- tage and headed to the right. The wind was rather strong and to combat it I squeezed the throttle to pick up speed. It didn't work. Again I tried to -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST-- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 Socially Scene (ConUnued from Page 9) pick up speed, but by the time I had the throttle wide open, I was going backward due to the wind. Just then, we saw Dad on the dock waving and we waved back. I thought he was seeing us off, but he was trying to wave us in. We eventually had to beach the boat and drag it along the shore line back to our cottage. By then Babbononno had joined Dad on the dock and both of them were yelling at us, Dad in English and Babbononno in Italian. It seems that the storm was a hurricane named Carol and it was hitting central Maine with full force. We didn't know and the only thing that saved us was the need to secure anything that wasn't nailed down. Dad had dragged the row boat onto our beach and told me to do the same with the speed boat. We put the fire wood in the shed, brought the axe and outdoor tools from the back of the cottage and put them into a container attached to the side of the cot- tage and closed the shutters to protect the windows. The storm hit hard, but we survived. There was no damage to the cottage. But, when I looked out at the beach area, my boats were missing. I thought the choppy surf might have carried them out into the middle of the lake. We walked onto the beach and discovered that the boats were there, just buried with sand. After a careful examination of the cottage, we knew we were lucky, no damage what- so-ever. We didn't even lose electricity. While we waited out the storm, Nanna and Mom cooked some pasta and chicken. Dad, Babbononno, Carl and I played whist while we listened to the radio for weather information. When the storm finally cleared Dad said that we should take a walk and check on Old Vic. Old Vic was around Babbo- nonno's age and the father of Arthur Gordon, one of the locals who lived down the road the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals. The BSO at Symphony Hall will be blessed with these three astonishing artist from November Ist through No- vember 4th Tickets may be purchased by phone through Symphony Charge 617-266- 1200 or 888-266-1200, online at www.bso.org or at the box office, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Lucca is Headed for Bos- ton .... Tony Lucca, singer- songwriter and recent final- ist on NBC's "The Voice," hit the road on tour beginning in October. Tony has already performed the National An- them at the Tigers game in his home State of Michigan and is on his way to the Hub. On November 4th Tony Lucca :~ will hit Boston and give a one time performance at the Brighton Music Hall. After appearing on the Mickey Mouse Club for six years in the early '90s, Lucca went the Internet route and sold his first two independent releases, his debut So Satis- fied (1997) and the follow- up Strong Words, Softly Spoken (1999), through his own website. Earlier this year, Tony Lucca captured America's hearts on The Voice. Lucca's cover of Hugo's version of Jay-Z's "99 Prob- lems" reacted strongly, send- ing Lucca to the #3 spot on iTunes Overall Singles sales chart and # 1 on iTunes Rock Singles chart. Additionally, Lucca's duet of "Yesterday" by the Beatles with coach Adam Levine landed Top 5 on iTunes Overall and Pop Singles sales charts. In 2011, Tony Lucca appeared as himself on NBC's Parenthood performing his song "Like Love." Lucca was also tapped to appear in friend Justin Timberlake's 901 tequila commercial spot. His songs have been featured on TV's Friday Night Lights, Brothers & Sisters, Shark and Felicity and in Kevin Costner's feature Open Range. He has been seen on E! Entertainment Television and A&E, and per- formed numerous times on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly. Lucca has shared stages with *NSYNC, Marc Anthony, Macy Gray, Johnny Lang, the late Chris Whitley, Sara Bareilles and Tyrone Wells. Lucca has also cam- ,C ..'5 .-~ tic [" "V ', , ir.~,~, on the OPl~OSlte sJtte'. 'f h3 g flLafe ,several cooperative and Dad had become good friends and the day before, he told Dad that he had to take the family to Portland for doctor visits and asked if we could keep an eye on Old Vic. En route to the Gordon home, we climbed over broken tree branches and spotted a couple of trees that were uprooted. When we reached the Gordon home, Old Vic was sitting on the front steps. Dad asked him if he was OK. "Yup," was the response. Then Dad asked him if there was any damage to the house. Old Vic looked up and said, "Nape." Babbononno asked, "Da animales, dey OK?" Vic replied, brought'um inta the house." Then Dad asked, "Vic, any damage to the barn?" Old Vic looked up at Dad again and said, "Dunno, John, lye haven' found it yit!" GOD BLESS AMERICA toflrs with Jay Nash and Matt Duke, also known as TFDI. It wasn't until just recently that Lucca reached a career high. On September 25, Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine announced that The Voice finalist and "Team Adam" member Tony Lucca had signed to 222 Records, Tony is set to release his al- bum next year. This up and coming sensa- Don't miss the opportunity to see the one and only Tony Lucca on November 4th. tion will be in Boston for one night only on November 4~ at the Brighton Music Hall at 158 Brighton Ave. You can call 617-779-0140 or for more info on tickets and upcoming concerts for Tony Lucca visit www.tonylucca.com. He also welcomes his fans to follow him at www.facebook.com/ TonyLuecaa , ~ s Art, Love and Politics in the 80's .... We all loved the 80'5, right? Whether you loved them, lived them or even missed them, Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Pass Director of the ICA and the Board of Trustees cordially invite you to a media preview of This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s on Tuesday, November 13 at the ICA. The 1980s -- from the elec- tion of Ronald Reagan to the fall of the Berlin Wall -- were a transformative decade for culture and society. This No- vember, the ICA presents a historic new exhibition, This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s. It is the first major U.S. museum ret- rospective devoted to the art of this period. Featuring over 100 works by some 90 artists -- including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Felix Gonzalez- Torres, the Guerilla Girls, Jeff Koons, Robert Mapple- thorpe, Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, Doris Salcedo, Cindy Sherman. Tseng Kwong Chi and Keith Haring, the exhibition offers an overview of the artistic production in the 1980s while situating our contemporary moment within the history of the recent past. This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s is curated by Helen Moles-worth, Bar- bara Lee Chief Curator at the ICA but originally being or- ganized at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 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