Our Oscar Connection

The Letchworth Cable Access television studio is only two blocks from my house on Covington Street in Perry, NY.  I’ve had the good fortune to host a monthly TV interview show there since 2006.  This TV opportunity is quite amazing considering our village is only about 3,500 in population.  The show, Our Perry Connection, focuses on our greatest local resource – the citizens of Perry.  Many inspiring life stories have been shared on the show thanks to Executive Producer and Director, Art Tamrowski, who runs the studio.  It was Art who said, “Jessie, I’d like you to host your own show.”  This Tuesday, however, the roles will be reversed when colleague Kyle Adamczak will interview me about our Oscar connection.

What is our Oscar connection?  I’m defining the connection as a wonderful idea in which everything is already harmoniously ordered.  It’s a bit like a Richard Rodgers overture; every note, rest, phrase has been perfectly conceived and is in its right place.

Since getting the message that I’d be “doing” something with Oscar (See Oklahoma OK! Feb. post), I have been observing how this idea appears to have a life of its own.  It’s a bit like detective work; I follow the clues and see how each puzzle piece relates to the whole.  When a piece falls into place effortlessly, I call this a “wink” and happily await for the next piece.  I savor every little piece while simultaneously appreciating the whole.

As mentioned in my last blog, I visited Highland Farm from March 8 to the 13th.  While there, I had the opportunity to make some new connections.  I’ll give three examples which reveal the synchronicity of these Oscar connections.

When I arrived at HF last Thursday, I noticed an envelop on the dining room table addressed to me.  It read, “It’s fate!  I’ve found you!  I live on the other side of town.  Give me a call.”  The note was from Tom Foral, a dear friend who had moved from State College, PA in 1992.  We had lost touch, although I treasure two of his oil paintings which grace my office.  Tom had grown up in Doylestown not far from Oscar’s home.   In fact, his dad, Marvin, had taught Dave Bjorngaard, Oscar’s paperboy, ham radio one summer.  Tom returned 6 years ago to help his parents move into assisted living.  Recently, while at the local hospital waiting room, he saw the beautiful Bucks County Herald article/photo about the recent sing-along at HF.  Because he just happened to see the week-old Herald at the hospital, we were reconnected.  I had dinner with him and Joseph Patton last Sunday night.  Turns out Joey has directed many R&H Equity productions over his long and successful career.  What a great connection.  To top it off, Tom may paint a portrait of Oscar for our book.  This reunion was effortless, delightful, and a huge Oscar connection.

Last Friday morning, Doylestown photographer Robyn Graham, and I had the pleasure of meeting Margie B. Perry at her stunning studio about 10 minutes from HF.  Margie will paint Oscar’s Highland Farm as she remembered it as a child complete with a rainbow (See: Led by a Rainbow post). How did we connect?  Following our HF sing-along on Feb. 18, I was happily preparing for bed, when the thought came that I should find a local artist to reproduce HF circa 1950 as the cover of our book.  The next morning, I mentioned this at breakfast. Sandy Roberts with whom we were enjoying Christine’s delicious HF stuffed french toast said, “Oh, you want Margie Perry.”  The instant I heard that “Perry” connection, I knew she was the one.  And she is.  Another effortless connection and a wonderful wink.

And now, for the third connection that blew me away.  Last Monday morning, I met with the Doylestown Borough Manager, John Davis, at Highland Farm.  While getting acquainted, we realized that he spent many summers visiting his aunt and uncle who live on Pine Tree Avenue in Boalsburg, PA.  I lived at 116 Pine Tree Avenue from 1979 to 1992!!  His Uncle Larry was my dad’s accountant while his Aunt Gayle traveled in the same handbell circles with my mom.  This connection brought an immediate sense of trust and an introduction to Stuart Abramson, President/CEO of the Doylestown Historical Society.

Long story short.  I’ll be riding in the Doylestown Bicentennial parade on Memorial Day representing Highland Farm and leading a box-lunch sing-along on Oscar’s front lawn the final day of the week-long celebration.

What a week; what a wink!   I’d love to hear about your Oscar connection.

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