Christmas 2006

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  ~W.T. Ellis

The Five Crowns And Rogers Gardens (Page One)

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Going to the Five Crowns for dinner has been or tradition for years.  The Five Crowns is in Corona del Mar.  Corona del Mar (Spanish for "Crown of the Sea") is a neighborhood in Newport Beach, California. It generally consists of all land on the seaward face of the San Joaquin Hills south of Avocado Street to the city limits, as well as the development of Irvine Terrace, just north of Avocado. Immediately south of Corona del Mar is Crystal Cove State Park, an expanse of beach accessible by paths winding down a steep hillside.

Settled early in the 20th century, the older area of Corona del Mar consists mostly of closely-spaced, free-standing, detached single family houses of varying architecture, concentrated along Pacific Coast Highway (also known as "PCH" or California State Route 1). Newer developments in Harbor View Hills consist of California ranch style houses, many with expansive ocean views.


Image:Handbells Whitechapel.jpg A handbell is a bell designed to be rung by hand. To ring a handbell, a ringer grasps the bell by its slightly flexible handle — traditionally made of leather, but often now made of plastic — and moves the wrist to make the hinged clapper inside the bell strike. An individual handbell can be used simply as a signal to catch people's attention or summon them together, but handbells are generally heard in tuned sets.

The bells used in American handbell choirs are almost always English handbells. "English handbells" is a reference to a specific type of handbells, not to the country of origin. While some American handbell choirs do use bells made in England, a large majority play bells made either by Malmark Bellcraftsmen or by Schulmerich Carillons, both based in Pennsylvania.

The two major defining characteristics of English handbells are their clappers and overtones. The clapper on an English handbell is on a hinge and moves back and forth in a single direction, unlike a school bell in which the clapper swings freely in any direction. It also has a spring which holds the clapper away from the casting after the strike to allow the bell to ring freely.

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Zack drove Grandpa and Grandma home... Too many celebrations

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