This Saturday, June 2nd 2012, is our Lunch On The Lawn With Oscar and Anna Sing-Along at Highland Farm. The weather forecast is 70 degrees and sunny. It’s shaping up to be lots of fun. The photo of the above sign was taken by Christine Cole, owner of Highland Farm. The barn in the back is Oscar’s barn.
Last Monday, I had one of those moments in life where everything just stops for an instant. Right then, I knew I was being rewarded for following my inner guidance to connect in a deeper way with Oscar Hammerstein II. You see, in the summer of 1996, my husband, Dick Barth, and I were visiting our dear friends, Harry and Anna Strong, who lived in eastern PA. We decided to take a road trip to Doylestown, PA to try to find the home of Oscar Hammerstein. We didn’t have an address, but we found one of those national blue and gold historical road markers that read OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II. We stopped so that I could at least have my photo taken with the marker sign. We thought we had found the house, but weren’t sure. I felt that our mission that day had not been accomplished.
Last Monday, as I drove past that exact same road marker, the above sign – LUNCH WITH OSCAR AND ANNA SING-ALONG was standing right beside it. The two signs were hanging out together for all the world to see. I realized then that the inner knowing that had led me quietly to Doylestown 16 years ago is blossoming into a beautiful recognition that dreams do come true – with patience, persistence, and pluck. Alice Hammerstein Mathias told me that her dad’s dream was world peace. My dream is that the whole world can all sing together with one harmonious voice. Oscar wrote in his song Happy Talk, “You’ve got to have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”
I held this LUNCH WITH OSCAR AND ANNA SING-ALONG sign in last Monday’s Doylestown Bicentennial Parade. Sitting atop a turquoise ’69 Dodge Dart convertible as Oscar’s ANNA while waving to the cheering crowd is a sure SIGN that dreams do come true.