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Robbie’s Restaurant is a favorite dinner and meeting place for several of my artist and artisty friends. starting at 5:30, last Friday, a local jazz group with an unconventional name I can never remember how to spell — something like “Chahrm” would be playing and my friend Mark Pence would be celebrating his birthday. I knew it would be a friendly room, so I attended as well, Sony Cyber-shot in tow.

John Mundstock from Miss Allen's second grade class at Lawrence School.

John Mundstock from Miss Allen’s second grade class at Lawrence School.

As I paused in front of Robbie’s, looking over the people outside strolling by and the restored  Old State Capitol Building nearby, I heard my name and I turned to face a fellow about my age, whom I didn’t recognize. I apologized for now remembering his name, and he told me: John Mundstock. I last saw this fellow in SECOND GRADE! We were great friends at Lawrence, but we lost touch for five decades. There were four of us  — Allen Sherman and I drew pictures of airplanes throughout the day in Miss Allen’s class. John Mundstock and Jeffrey Halden drew ships. John’s mother was British. I used to visit John at his house a few doors north of Jeffrey’s on south College; attended birthday parties there and he attended at least one of mine. We remembered our friends. Jeff had taken his own life in the 70s. John told me how he died. Sad, sad . . . sad. I told John I was looking forward to a good dinner with friends, hearing my harmonica-playing friend Mark play some jazz and  helping my friend celebrate his birthday. I gave him my cards (Balladeer for Rent  and AeroKnow Museum) and said I hope we will meet again. I really do> Terrific fellow!
“Chahrm” was playing as I entered Robbie’s. I looked for familiar faces as I searched for a table, and sat down. Less than a minute later, Cheryl Pence came over and invited me to the birthday party tables, pulled together less than 10 feet from where I first sat down. I was happy to sit next to Mark’s sister Rosanne Russillo and their mom, MRS. RUSSILLO and across from friends Siobhan and Sam. Then the photographycal phun began.  The rest of this post is captioned pictures. I hope you enjoy them  . . . .

Left to right: in green shirt, birthday boy Mark Pence, Mrs. Russillo, Rosanne Russillo  applauding a number just concluded by Chahrm at the far end of Robbies.

Left to right: in green shirt, birthday boy Mark Pence, Mrs. Russillo, Rosanne Russillo applauding a number just concluded by Chahrm at the far end of Robbies.

Mark Pence -- photo   cropped from previous broad shot.

Mark Pence — photo cropped from previous broad shot.

"A festive table nicely set" as I wrote in a song about another fine dinner. That's Cheryl Pence standing at the end after she took a picture looiking toward us. I thought it appropriate for a picture looking her way as well.

“A festive table nicely set” as I wrote in a song about another fine dinner. That’s Cheryl Pence standing at the end after she took a picture looiking toward us. I thought it appropriate for a picture looking her way as well.

Then I took a telephoto of Cheryl. That's KAT Corrigan in the lower left.

Then I took a telephoto of Cheryl. That’s KAT Corrigan in the lower left.

 

Mark Russillo juined us at the table for a short break after finishing the first set.

Mark Russillo joined us at the table for a short break after finishing the first set.

 

Rosanne, visiting from Maryland with her mon, graced the evening by singing some mellow jazz standards.  Shes the one in the dress. Also pictured left to right, Mark R., harmonicaman, John Crips, keyboard  and guitarist Alexis ______/

Rosanne, visiting from Maryland with her mon, graced the evening by singing some mellow jazz standards. Shes the one in the dress. Also pictured left to right, Mark R., harmonicaman, John Crips, keyboard and guitarist Alexis V. Rogers.

Rosanne Russillo

Rosanne Russillo

 

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I did not learn the name of the boy who danced so well, but he was great fun.

I did not learn the name of the boy who danced so well, but he was great fun.

Rock steady guitar harmonies and improvising throughout the evening from Alexis!

Rock steady guitar harmonies and improvising throughout the evening from Alexis!

The legendary John Crisp!

The legendary John Crisp!

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Ada Mae brought "a touch of Ella" to the microphone. It's always great to hear her sing.

Ada Lou brought “a touch of Ella” to the microphone. It’s always great to hear her sing.

sharing a short conversation from the amazing, dancing sprout! :)

sharing a short conversation from the amazing, dancing sprout! 🙂

a touch of Chicago in Springfield, Illlinoise

a touch of Chicago in Springfield, Illlinoise

 

Sometimes a photo, not tecknically successful as a conventional, sharply focused production, can be transformed by good exiting software, into something special. I believe that is the outcome of this picture.

Sometimes a photo, not technically successful as a conventional, sharply focused production, can be transformed by good exiting software, into something special. I believe that is the outcome of this picture.

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Frank Parker j-- trumpeter extraordinaire on far left, joined the jazz jubilee as the evening drew close to closing.

Frank Parker — trumpeter extraordinaire on far left, joined the jazz jubilee as the evening drew close to closing.

Frank Parker

Frank Parker

 

classical

classical

 

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Cats and friend of cats talk after the set.

Cats and friend of cats talk after the set.

I never know the order  in which my  pictures will appear. When I hit the “publish” button, it’s always a surprise despite my effort to establish a semblance of organic flow. Suffice to say, the evening was terrific. I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Live long . . . . . . . . and proper.

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