Hello from Winchester!
I hope that many of you are enjoying the spring-like weather we are experiencing here in Winchester. Like the old saying, March has crept in like a lamb and not like a lion this year. My husband and I drove to Northern Virginia yesterday and I marveled at the blooms and leaves that are already appearing on the trees. Let’s just hope that March doesn’t go out like a lion with freezing temperatures and frozen precipitation.
Speaking of warmer temperatures, spring is within sight with summer right around the corner! Have you planned your summer vacation? Be sure to check your mailboxes for the Shenandoah Summer Music Theater brochure! If you didn’t receive one, please check the SSMT website for shows and dates. If you are in the area this summer, why not plan to attend a performance or two? The shows are incredible and sell out quickly. Many of us remember the beginning of SSMT in Armstrong Auditorium. What a long way we have come from those early days! Come to SSMT this summer – I guarantee you will be delighted!
Recently I was a patient at Winchester Medical Center. While there, I had lain my phone on my bedside table with the screen down. One of the nurses came into my room and saw my SU pop socket. Immediately, she asked if I was an SU grad. As it turns out, she was too as were several of the nurses and the physical therapist and the respiratory therapist who attended me! It was an SU alumni party going on in my room! I enjoyed listening to their stories and shared a little of mine with them. I’ve written about SU connections before and I was reminded that once again, they are all around us. Something as simple as my SU pop socket sparked some wonderful conversations!
Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth not only in nature but in life. This weekend we lay to rest a dear friend and SU alum. Earlier this week, we welcomed a new grandson into our family. A few weeks ago, my college roommate lost her father. I am always reminded that along with sadness comes joy. I hope that as spring approaches, you will find joy in that which surrounds you, whether in nature, family, and friends.
Susan Wyatt Helsley ’76, ’85
President, SU Alumni Association