Day MOS-1, Sunday, December 9, Port Canaveral, Flo

Trip Start Dec 07, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2012

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Monday, December 10, 2012

This was a day to retrace some of my past. I said farewell to the family
about 8:30 and started a roundabout trip to Cocoa. My mother spend about
20 of her retirement years (1969-91) in Lakeland. I attended services at
Trinity United Methodist Church, where she had been a member and I had
visited on a number of holidays. I continued Southeast to my parent's
cemetery and continued to Bok Tower Gardens.

Edward Bok was an immigrant who arrived in the US in the late 19th
Century. He made his fortune as Editor of Ladies Home Journal and
retired to a life of philanthropy in 1920. A lasting legacy was a large
parcel of land sitting on the highest point of the Florida peninsula and
created there a garden with a large tower as a centerpiece. The tower
houses a 60-bell carillon with daily concerts and recorded music played
at half hour intervals. It is a pretty much timeless place and long a
favorite place of mine, but one thing was new. Geert D'hollander was
appointed as Carillonner in October and this was the first time I heard
him play. There were concerts today at 1 and 3, the first concert was
under way as I arrived. When the concert ended I got lunch in the
visitor center.

Bok Tower Gardens (Lake Wales) is always a place of tranquility, but one
of the most tranquil is "Window on the Pond", a small cabin next to a pond with a plexiglass window looking out on whatever wildlife may happen to appear.  I only had a few minutes there today but a solitary anhinga was perched on a pole above the water.  I took a walk around the grounds, pausing for the 2PM and 2:30 recorded selections. A period house, Pinewood sits near the edge of the property and is decorated each year for the holidays.

A carillon “keyboard” is actually a row of levers attached to cables which ring the bells.  Allegedly, the levers are pressed with a fist, rather than with the fingers as on a piano or organ.  There was a TV monitor near the base of the tower which showed the carillonneur at work.  He struck most of the notes with his fist but occasionally used his fingers, and he could reach 2 or perhaps 3 notes simultaneously that way.  The 3PM concert consisted of a Sonata, a Passacaglia, and a number of selections on a winter and holiday theme.  

The concert ended and I left about 3:30 and I arrived at the Comfort Inn Cocoa Beach in the early evening.  I spent much of the evening watching the Weather Channel account of the Coast Guard’s rescue operation of the HMS Bounty crew after superstorm sandy.

Today’s parting shot comes from Edward Bok: “Make you the world a bit better or more beautiful because you have lived in it.”  Bok didn’t just say it, he lived it.


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