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I've lived in Trenton Ontario, a small town east of Toronto, for 7 years with my husband of 39 years and two of our children. We lived in Toronto for 32 years and four of our children live there now. I've been a ballet dancer, published a mothering magazine called Nurturing, and have been active in our Estonian community along with my husband as we pass on our cultural heritage and language to our children.
Our kids are all adults now and living their own lives. One of our daughters is a ballet dancer who started her career with the Estonian National Ballet at the age of 17. She has danced with Orlando Ballet and Festival Ballet Providence as well as three small companies in Ontario.
Because of her ballet training I know several of the dancers at American Ballet Theater who trained alongside my daughter at various summer intensives. I and my best friend Karen are travelling to Bard to watch all of ABT's fall performances there.
Rhinebeck is also close to my heart, as I worked there for a summer back when I was only 18. I fell in love with Rhinebeck! I remember the Dutchess County Fair fondly and many other events and places I saw on my days off in 1965. I've only been back once since then, taking a few of my kids with me.
I am originally from New York and will be on the way to my mother's house when I stop at Bard. I usually travel with Karen because we take pleasure in the journey as well as the destination, although I must say that my husband has mellowed over the years and has become a less rushed travel companion than he used to be!
This trip is Karen's "When I'm 64" birthday present to me and I chose the ballet and the stay in Rhinebeck as the most perfect gifts to receive.
Karen and I used to travel with the kids when they were small and the nature of the trips was child-oriented. Now we travel together most of the time since the kids all have jobs and busy lives. Our husbands hold down the fort at home as we take to the highways. We enjoy reminiscing about the old days and carving our own new memories as slightly sprightly youngish senior citizens!