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Sunday, 23 September 2012 is open house for the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, here in Burlington, Vermont. Why a celebration? They’ve just undergone a $2.2 million renovation, which includes the replacement of seats. MUCH ink has been spilled lately about the “de-squeaking” of the auditorium! And more ink and type utilized to tweet and shout the fact that the “iconic” red upholstery is gone and a “lichen” green is now the new normal.

Change is never easy; you can read about the “Color Controversy” in the Burlington Free Press and 7 Days.

The Flynn Theater has been a staple of the area. Can’t say I recall its earliest days, but in the 60s and 70s when it showed theatrical releases (ie, movies), I remember it very well. The last film I saw there was, I believe, North Dallas Forty. It had been a good decade since seating was allowed up in the balcony; the theater was half filled and fairly frigid — with that cool “church” atmosphere of the never-sees-the-light-of day building.

Then the theater closed.

It could have stayed shuttered; instead the Flynn transformed into a performing arts space. The Flynn has its own roster of performances; there are also spots on its calendar for such as The Lane Series, Lyric Theatre Company, and even “First Night” (taking place on New Year’s Eve).

According to the 7 Days article, these seats had seen service for 65-years! Talk about “ready for retirement”!!

My colleague and I were talking retirement the other day, in terms of window shades — as she unpackaged another shade that had come in for repair.

Michelle was joking that the age of a shade should be calculated like the age of a dog. Although she thought seven years per calendar year didn’t quite cut it. I was silently thinking: If we sat in a window for 10 or 12 years, we’d be broken, dirty and sad-looking too.

The Flynn took the plunge: not only updating the seating (*new* seats), but also updating the aesthetic (*new* color). The Flynn took their cue from an anonymous Donor. Michelle and I still wrack our brains as to how to alert people — gently — that their shade may be past its prime. It wasn’t long ago that I took in a group of shades for repair which were so grubby that the lunch their arrival interrupted went uneaten. Since these have now been re-strung, I have to assume they are now hanging in their designated windows…. (shudder)

The Flynn took a “Stains Happen” approach to their choice of fabric and color. We all know that only so much can be done to clean an item, any item. Our conundrum is how to point out what pristine-out-of-the-box cellular shade fabric looks like versus shade fabric that’s been exposed to sun, dust, dirt, stains, use (and sometimes abuse), for 365-days for the last 5- or 7- or 12- or 19- years. Getting samples is one way – so if you’ve an old shade you contemplate fixing, maybe you should order a swatch of the fabric: it’s FREE!

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See The Flynn Theater in pictures — past and present — on their Pinterest board. Drop by and see the Pinterest Boards for while you’re there! We’ve boards for Home Decor, Recipes, Travel, Books & Reading.


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The Royal Albert Hall – of interest to all who have listened to a rousing Proms Concert on the BBC (another British institution).

Here is a photo worthy of Pinterest; I *LOVE* this view, with the steps sweeping up towards the great dome-shaped performance hall.

Among the Symphony Orchestras that have appeared in the Royal Albert Hall over the years: The Royal Philharmonic; BBC Symphony Orchestra. Even the Phantom of the Opera has haunted the hall, and Adele recently gave her “all”.

2012’s Proms began last Friday, the 13th, and continue until 8th September. US listeners can enjoy LIVE Proms concerts via the website for Performance Today, featuring FIVE Beethoven broadcasts. The audio player appears 30 minutes before the start of each concert.

Don’t miss the VIRTUAL TOUR.
Can you count how many Cellular Shades
it would take to “fill Albert Hall”???

Beethoven = made in Germany; Beefeater = made in the U.K.
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A few weeks ago, Kim Cook of The Associated Press, brightened the Spring 2012 home decor campaign with a story about “Graphic Prints and ‘Saturated’ Colors”. Her conclusion: They offer a breath of upbeat decor after the long, drawn-out winter.


‘Saturated’ is a word being used a lot; it means ripe … hues…intense…rich… zingy… peppery.”

A Pittsburgh Paints specialist was quoted as saying that this spring’s color palette was “full of joy and playful“.

One hot hue: PINK — “it’s a happy, girly color”. And what a better item to Think Pink about than….

No! Not The Pink Panther — but the black out fabric that’s perfectly named, PRINCESS PINK!

It’s one of our *new* colors for 2012.

Check out ALL colors by checking out our FREE samples page.

You can read Kim Cook’s article, found online at an Arizona newspaper. I read it in the “Home & Away” section of Vermont’s own newspaper, The Burlington Free Press. Today’s headlines cover the Lyric Theatre’s production of Titanic: The Musical. The show opened last night, and runs through Sunday — which marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Do “musicals” and “cellular shades” go together? — They do when they are Symphony Shades! Our Vermont-based employees takes great pride in our productions, and know you would be pleased to invite them into your home. Come visit our website, or — better yet — sing out, let us hear from you!

The colors in the Symphony line of Cellular Window Shades predominantly are named for musical terms, people and operas. So I want to start an assessment of their various color names with one of the most basic words in operatic language: the ARIA.

In Symphony-speak, ARIA is a LIGHT BEIGE color in the double-cell, light-filtering line of fabrics:

To those of us who love opera, an aria (Italian, for ‘air’) is a singer’s moment to shine. Their character literally holds center stage! Audience members go wild for certain arias — Luciano Pavarotti made Nessun dorma (None shall sleep), from the Puccini opera Turandot into an ovation, even though the music keeps on going without break.

Wikipedia has an interesting array of arias in recorded snippets: O mio babbino caro (Puccini again, this time Gianni Schicchi) sung by Frances Alda (1919); the famous Emmy Destinn in a 1914 recording of Vissi d’arte (Puccini’s Tosca). The most celebrated singer of all time, Enrico Caruso has two recordings here for listening: Le donna è mobile and Vesti la giubba — undoubtedly the aria most associated with Caruso, from the opera I Pagliacci.

These arias, and more, can be found at:

Enrico Caruso

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