Today is the 90th birthday of Frieda Thompson. Thompson is a leader of the Women’s Republican Party in Dutchess County, as well as Clerk of Council at Smithfield Presbyterian Church. Yesterday in Millbrook at Copperfield’s restaurant, her daughters, Marion and Susan, organized a surprise birthday celebration. In attendance were State Senator Sue Serino and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, potential candidate for governor in 2018. Affable Judge Norman Moore from the town of Amenia also attended. Amid her many relatives and well-wishers, a festive atmosphere presided. Molinaro briefly spoke, joking about Thompson being the Boss of the county. The Smithfield Presbyterian Church presented Thompson with a bouquet of 90 roses.
Later that afternoon in Kent, CT, the First Congregational Church celebrated its 275th anniversary with a concert entitled "Not Your Mother's CONCERT." Nancy Brown (on organ and piano) and her daughter Kirsten Browning (on violin) offered an eclectic program featuring Bach, Beethoven, Beach, Albinoni, Copland, Dvořáck, Bolcom, Fletcher, Kreisler, and Widor. Nancy Brown pointed out that composer Amy Beach had once performed in the church; mother and daughter suavely played Beach’s Romance for Violin and Piano, Opus 23, which is her most frequently performed chamber music piece. Kirsten’s violin performance of Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown” from the ballet Rodeo was particularly infectious and Nancy romped memorably on William Bolcom’s “Graceful Ghost Rag.”