In fact, two people I interviewed last year were influential in plans for the third anniversary of dating for me and my girlfriend, Vanessa.
Judith Mazuca, an area artist, was able to paint special champagne glasses for me within a short timeframe — of course due to a small amount of procrastination on my part. She did an extraordinary job with painting hearts, flowers and our names onto the glasses. We will both certainly treasure them for years to come. Her works are for sale at Village Artisans, 5560 Main St., Williamsville.
In addition to help from Judith, another person I interviewed for a Bee story last year is area musician Mick Hayes. We visited an acoustic show he was playing at an area restaurant. Mick kindly mentioned that it was our anniversary to the crowd before performing Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” for us.
Mick is currently playing area shows in support of his new album, a solo effort titled “Recovery.” As a surprise gift, Vanessa asked Mick to autograph a copy of the album for me.
“Recovery” is a great record that emphasizes the strength of Mick’s voice and songwriting, and I highly recommend a visit to his website, www.mickhayesband.com, where you can download the album. You won’t be disappointed; in fact it may be the perfect album for you to sit back, relax and reflect upon life and maybe an anniversary that might be approaching.
I feel extremely blessed to be able to meet great people like Judith and Mick on a regular basis. I appreciate their help and further appreciate having spent the past three years of my life with Vanessa.
• GET YOUR FISH — This week, The Bee is publishing a list of Lenten fish dinners, which can be kept for reference in the weeks ahead. The entire listing can be found on page 31.
We will not publish fish fry announcements after this week although advertisements for these events will be accepted at any time. For advertising information, call 204-4937.
• SHROVE TUESDAY — Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, will host its fifth annual Shrove Tuesday Jambalaya Supper from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Overflow parking is available in the Municipal Lot on South Cayuga Road next to Island Park.
The event will feature dine-in or takeout meals. The cost is $7 for adult meals and $3 for children up to 10 years of age.
For more information about the event, call 633-7800 or visit the church’s website at www.calvaryepiscopal.net.
• OPEN SEMINAR — Clare Bridge, 6076 Main St. near Youngs Road, Amherst, will host an educational seminar titled “Why Hospice Care?” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.
Representatives from Hospice Buffalo will be available to discuss the benefits of choosing hospice care as well as the myths and facts about hospice.
While there is no cost to attend, reservations are required and can be made by calling 632-7123. Refreshments will be served.