Author Archives: Michael Kurek

Hilltop Diary, September 21, 2021

It’s been an exciting time at the Hilltop, with the performances and guests coming into town for Crystal’s show, The Music Man, which is about to enter its final weekend. She has felt privileged to be part of such a fine production, with great singing and impressive dance numbers. Crystal herself has glowed and given […]

Hilltop Diary, September 7, 2021

There is not a great deal to report from the Hilltop this time, but that’s probably a good thing for my peace of mind. Foremost, though possibly least interesting to write or read about, has been working in the garden and on the lawn. Our period of extreme dry heat was followed by a little […]

Burl Ives

American Treasures_ Burl Ives, a Legend of Folk Music and Much More

The Not-So-Dying Art of the Barbershop Quartet

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Hilltop Diary, August 19, 2021

The last couple of weeks have seemed rather uneventful, but thankfully so, in terms of getting some much needed rest and doing some reading, also catching up on chores like plumbing, lawn work, sealing the driveway, and having car repairs done. I did prepare and mail out about 25 double DVD sets of my Dear […]

Hilltop Diary, August 5, 2021

It has been a little over a month since I wrote, because things got busy and then we were in Colorado doing all the fun things you can do there. We were mostly in Vail. In order of importance to me (the most enjoyable first being, I confess, the least athletic and outdoorsy): shopping in […]

Hilltop Diary, July 9, 2021

My musical theater show, Dear Miss Barrett, got through its second and final weekend (eight performances in all) on June 27 with a crescendo to a wonderful height of excellence in performance and of audience enthusiasm and praise. I’m very thankful and looking forward to sending out the video of the show to all sorts […]

Hilltop Diary, June 21, 2021

Please forgive me for taking almost a month to write here again, as my musical theater show, Dear Miss Barrett, has been in the throws of production. First there were  “table readings”, people sitting around a table reading their parts from the script with interruptions along the way to discuss together the context in the […]

Hilltop Diary, May 24, 2021

All goes smoothly at the Hilltop, which is to say as full of crazy, varied activities as ever, but each in its order and according to plan. Crystal’s school is winding up this week, having launched the eighth graders into the world (or the next piece of it) at their graduation ceremony over the weekend. […]

Hilltop Diary, May 10, 2021

Our insanely busy schedule has continued, perhaps like yours. Surely after the run of my show in June and a trip to Denver in July, I can get out the old rockin’ chair on the porch. Seems very unlikely. Our week of weirdly cold weather was followed by a week of storms, high winds, and […]