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Emily Grossman

Third Time's the Charm?

December 23, 2011 at 7:29 AM

Relatives draw me to Pennsylvania, but wanderlust draws me to Philadelphia. Twice over the past two years I have been thwarted in my attempt to visit Fred Oster at Vintage: once by an unexpected holiday, and once because of... well, another holiday. I have bad timing, I guess. This time, however, I succeeded in setting up an appointment for an instrument trial. I like to view it as a casual blind date with several potential candidates, with no obligation toward commitment. Also, I'd like to make some East Coast connections for future reference while I'm there. And also, there's a couple of great deli's and bakeries, and who can pass up the perfect cannoli? Not to mention the sfogliatelle...

As an added bonus, I get to head over to my friend Karen's house first, and she and her daughter Caeli will accompany me downtown as my guides. We have such great fun, and even though I've only gotten to meet her a couple of times, each time it feels as though we've always known each other. Philadelphia feels just a little bit more like home because of her.

Cross your fingers and wish me luck!

From Tom Holzman
Posted on December 23, 2011 at 2:31 PM
Philadelphia is a wonderful city, and you should enjoy it. It was home to me during Law School and has felt like a home away from home ever since I moved away a year after finishing law school. My daughter had to be convinced it was a real city before she would go to college there, but she loved it, too. Go to Buddakan restaurant and have fun.
From Laurie Niles
Posted on December 23, 2011 at 5:48 PM
Please give Karen and Caeli big hugs from me! Have a great time!
From Ray Weaver
Posted on December 23, 2011 at 7:41 PM
Have a great time! I absolutely love your blogs and I absolutely love going to Vintage. The atmosphere there is quite unique and I have always found lots of interesting items especially bows and been able to try them out in an absolutely pressure-free environment. Those wonderful tall ceilings and rooms filled to the brim with violins, bows, and many unusual instruments of varied description.
From Betsey Karako
Posted on December 24, 2011 at 2:39 PM
Oh, I love violin window-shopping! Have a lovely time!!

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