CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

November 18, 2012

A Record for the Most Santa Hats on Two Continents Simultaneously

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

RECORD FOR THE MOST SANTA HATS ON TWO CONTINENTS SIMULTANEOUSLY

BROCTON, MA. & MULLINGAR, IRELAND

QUESTION:

What have Brockton, Massachusetts and Mullingar, Ireland had in common?

ANSWER:

A competition to see which community can gather the most people together wearing Santa hats.

THE COMPETITION STARTS IN 2009

In 2008 Brocktonians gathered together to set a world record for the most people wearing Santa hats. Over 500 persons participated.

The following year the Irish Echo reported that Mullingar had joined in on the fun and broken Brockton’s record with a gathering of 780 persons.

The competition was on. In 2010 Brocton reclaimed its record with 982 participants, and maintained the record in 2011 with 1780 participants. This year the two communities are collaborating rather than competing. They aim to set a world record for the most simultaneous Santa hat wearers on two continents. Readers can view a live simulcast with a CLICK HERE FOR LIVE SIMULCAST at 1:00 p. m. today, November 18, 2012.

NOTE: If you live in Ireland click on the site at 6:00 p. m.1

PERSONAL NOTE

I must confess that even though the competition turned into a collaboration intrigues me, I have an ulterior interest in Brocton. My father, Robert William Cornell, was born and raised on Cross Street in that city.

My husband Monte and I visit the community when we travel through New England.

In 2003 Monte and I raced a storm and reached Brocton a half hour before the mid-February blizzard. We were there for the funeral of my aunt, Nyllis Gardner.

On another note:

QUESTION:

What do Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and Brocton, Massachusetts have in common?

ANSWER:

Mary Rugh Cubbage Cornell, the granddaughter of Michael Rugh, one of the original pioneer settlers in Westmoreland County (my home county), married Broctonian Irving Cornell and lived out her post-marriage life in Brocton.

Let me explain. Michael and Elizabeth Rugh’s daughter Elizabeth migrated to Iowa and Illinois in the mid-1800s. She wed William Cubbage. Mary, one of their daughters, when grown, took a vacation to San Francisco, California. While there she shopped for a pair of shoes. At the shoe store she met a shoe distributor from Massachusetts, Irving Cornell. It must have been love at first sight, because they married and moved to his hometown, Brocton. Mary is buried in Coweeset Cemetery.

One of Mary and Irving Cornell’s three children, William Cornell, wed Ida Victoria Berg. One of their children, Robert William Cornell, is my father. That makes Mary my great-grandmother.

When my husband and I retired we decided to move into the Westmoreland County (PA) community where my daughter lived, the very same county where Mary’s grandfather Michael was born and raised.

So I’ve brought the circle to a close by returning to the ancestral roots Mary Rugh brought to the Brocton Cornell family.

BACK TO SANTA HATS

The Santa hat event was inspired by the story of the first department store Santa, Brockton native (more…)

Advertisements

May 22, 2012

This Hat

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

THIS HAT

(photos by Dmitri)

 

This hat is not the hat of an elderly—

     I err— middle aged—woman

It’s not a covering to enhance thinning hair

It’s not the color of a senior, on the downhill slide of life

It’s not a hat of propriety

It’s not a hat for icy wintry days

It’s not a true beret, the style of French artiste.

     But the elderly, in their wisdom, relish this hat

     Its colors accented  by gray/white hues.

     Seniors who celebrate life past, life to come

     With a boldness expressed by eccentricity.

     This hat represents what is—the eclectic electricity of creativity

A covering for the changing seasons—spring, summer, autumn, winter.

End notes (from an e-mail sent to me by Alice):

When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.

A backward poet writes inverse. (Appropriate, since I’m truly not a poet. I just play with the genre.)

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~

ADDITIONAL READING:

Hats Make a Statement

The Red Tuque

RUSS’S ASSIGNMENT: WRITE CAROLYN’S EULOGY Lent Devotion

My Spider Plant Lives: A Devotion

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/my-spider-plant-lives-a-devotion/

RAINBOW’S END Part 1

March 6, 2010

Mad Hatters, Johnny Depp, and Alice in Wonderland

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

MAD HATTERS, JOHNNY DEPP, AND ALICE IN WONDERLAND

     Some people refer to me as the “mad hatter,” since I am identified by the hats I wear. I am also considered, by many of my “friends,” as being “crazy.”

     So be it.

     Then again, I am not the only “mad hatter.” Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter in the March 5, 2010, release of the 3-D film, Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton. Depp said his Hatter’s springy mass of tangerine hair is a particularly important detail because (more…)

January 26, 2010

Hats Make a Statement

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

HATS MAKE A STATEMENT

If hats were bats, her closet would be a cave…

But hats are not bats, so what are the stats? 

A Twitter by Dmitri written for Carolyn

     I reached the intersection at the Greensburg (PA) Courthouse. There was a green light but no traffic. I hesitated, wanting to proceed across the road, but pedestrians can only legally cross the street when the white hand, a “permission to walk” light, was lit. I debated whether I should cross, “against the law.” And I recalled a ticket I received in Washington, D. C. once. It was a street divided by a cement island, and I didn’t realize that if the light changed, the pedestrian was to stop on the island until it turned green again. I hurriedly continued crossing, and was tagged by a police officer.

     I decided to wait for the walk light. Just then, a “young” man in a business suit reached the corner and stopped. He seemed familiar with the intersection. He noted my indecision and laughed before he informed me that he usually crosses Greensburg streets if there is no traffic, even without the walk light, but he waited at this intersection, because it could be hazardous—drivers weren’t considerate with pedestrians.

     Just then, a car rolled up to the corner, the driver’s blinker indicating his intention to turn right. But instead of continuing, he stopped and waved us across. 

     “That never happens,” the young man said, shaking his head in amazement and surprise.

     “But perhaps it’s the magic of a woman wearing (more…)

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.