This is another day-are its eyes blurred
With maudlin grief for any wasted past?
A thousand thousand failures shall not daunt!
Let dust clasp dust; death, death-I am alive!
And out of all the dust and death of mine
Old selves I dare to lift a singing heart
And living faith; my spirit dares drink deep
Of the red mirth mantling in the cup of morn.
Don Marquis – This is Another Day
On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Friends of Maple Grove, we hope you are safe in the care of your loving families. We have certainly adapted to this constantly changing world, living in extraordinary times. COVID-19 took our normal way of life away from us and with great sadness took a heavy toll on many lives around us. The Friends of Maple Group strives to honor the past and its people in a unique place where history comes alive. For over a decade we have worked to bring wonderful diverse programs and events that reflects on our past through walking tours, workshops, literary readings, music and so much more. We have become a strong voice and a cultural institution celebrating all people and cultures. We truly make history come alive in a unique way.
This introduction was started with an excerpt from a poem by Don Marquis, a humorist, journalist, and author. He was variously a novelist, poet, newspaper columnist, and playwright. He is cared for here are Maple Grove when he passed in 1937. The excerpt tells us that there will be another day. We are given daily opportunities to bring about change.
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Deacon James Grace and his son Peter.
Peter Joseph Grace was born on June 30, 1961 and on June 28, 2020 we mark the 25 th year anniversary of his passing in 1995. Peter was a "special needs" child, with Down Syndrome. Peter had a delightful sense of humor, an astonishing imagination, and a will to live that kept him with us for years past all expectations. We all learned much from Peter: patience; respect for all people, even those challenged physically or intellectually.
At a time when the world around us seems so chaotic, we are trying to create a momentary escape in a serene and tranquil setting with beautiful music. We are honored to present for you this wonderful concert by the talented pianist Yejin Han. As an emerging artist, she was featured as a soloist to perform with several orchestras however, she shifted her focus from public performance to helping others to achieve their goals and her students frequently perform at prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall and LincolnCenter.
After almost 20 years of long hiatus from playing piano, her passion brought her back to the stage once again. She firmly believes everyone deserve the second chance and we should live our dreams regardless
Yejin Han Don Marquis