Holiday 2013 - Ground Hog Day 2014

It has been quite a while since we delivered an annual letter to our fans, and we think you deserve an explanation. The reaction to our last report was, quite frankly, nonexistent. We could have interpreted this as either a direct reflection on the tedious recounting of Rosen life or as a sign that you were, for some unfathomable reason, more invested in your own lives. In either case, the message was clear: Be more interesting! Sadly, the fact that it has taken us five years to accumulate enough tidbits of Rosenalia to tip your reactions from the narcolepsy-inducing to the barely conscious probably tells you all you need to know. But just in case, here’s the low-down.

They could be happy about this

They could be happy about this

The big news this year was, of course, the Red Sox winning the World Series again – oh, and the wedding of Danny (30) to Kate Taylor that took place in Boston a week later. Everything associated with the wedding was memorable: From the Friday afternoon Bride vs. Groom softball game (a come from behind victory for Team Groom), to the rehearsal dinner on Friday night (90 family + the wedding party, 6 speeches, and 70 bottles of wine), to the delightful wedding itself (at the African Meeting House in Boston), to the reception (at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation with unique and fabulous centerpieces designed and built by Kate), to the Sunday brunch hosted by the newlyweds. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Kate and her family be a part of ours.

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The (still) happy couple (still) live in Astoria, Queens, which is the perfect neighborhood for these ridiculously adventurous foodies.  Danny is making some headway as a media composer. He’s had a number of his songs used for advertisements as well as music for a Saturday Night Live digital short. He has scored some great “food porn” and two documentaries. Kate finished her certificate program in jewelry making at FIT in Manhattan, and is now making jewelry of her own design. They both love to travel, and in April will be heading to Japan and Hawaii for a delayed honeymoon.

Ed and Alena looking sharp

Ed and Alena looking sharp

 

Alena (26) lives in DC with her boyfriend, Ed Beshers (you may remember that he is the son of Anndy’s college roommate, Martha). She works as Communications Coordinator at the Alice Ferguson Foundation, an organization that does environmental action and education.  The biggest event they sponsor is the annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, which keeps Alena busy for much of the year coordinating the tens of thousands of volunteers.

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Prior to the major life event of becoming a mother-in-law, Anndy attained mental preparedness by taking a leave from teaching. The highlight of the sabbatical was the fulfillment of a 40-year dream of going to Australia where she spent two months meandering from Tasmania to Queensland, never straying far from the right-hand beach-infested margin of the continent. Her blog is on this site, as well as on Tumblr, if you want to see photos and/or read about the trip.  Now she is back in the classroom, enlightening young minds, and randomly peppering her presentations with pictures of koalas, skinks, and deadly flora.

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Glenn is still in the same position as he has been for the last 32 years, doing important scientific research. His biggest discovery over the past two years has been that taking a golf lesson or two might help improve his play. Being the natural athlete that he is, he was as surprised to learn to that anyone could teach him anything.

Proving that everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame, our kitchen got into the act this year as it played host to a Google hangout in support of the Master Chef television show. We had a crew of 4 plus a chef in the house for 9 hours in order to prepare this 30 minute live broadcast. I have to say that the kitchen looked great, although it was somewhat miffed that they had to bring in their own cooktop. For some reason, the video has been pulled from the internet, but if it ever comes back, I'll link to it here.

Also newsworthy is the transformation of the tiny little Dannenberg portal to Upper Chateaugay Lake into a newer larger property tax revenue stream for Clinton County, NY. We have lots of room for visitors (the impetus for the expansion), so if you received this, you are welcome to come up and play. Bring your bathing suit and down jacket, and welcome to the Adirondacks!

We very much enjoy hearing from you, so keep those cards and letters coming. We promise only to read them and reciprocate when we get off our lazy behinds can find time in our busy schedules.

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