Sunshine finished Suzuki Book 1 over the summer after a year and a half of lessons. Somewhere in there the Aberti bass patterns clicked and off she went playing with two hands. Our piano instructor suggested she present a Book 1 Recital for family. The options we considered were: A) crowding the family into our little den to hear her play all of Book 1, B) moving the piano into the family room and inviting grandparents, or C) finding a public place to play in town.
Option C won out. Because our public library does not have a piano and we do not attend a church in town we arranged to play at an assisted living home. This was definitely the best option and prompted an expansion of the program by adding Dino (on piano), Dancer (on piano and violin), as well as our friends the B.'s inbetween Sunshine's "sets".
Not only did the dining hall have a Kawai baby grand, but the residents were absolutely thrilled to see children coming in to play for them, especially a little boys in a sportcoats and ties, girls in dotted dresses with curled hair, and a baby. Some lady snatched up the Little Prince and held him the whole time!
The next time I will have to get more photos of the residents - as proud as I am of all these children, the seniors were really the most memorable part of the event. Their hospitality left us with a glow that lasted all day.