January 25, 2010

Katherine of Tarragon Announces Retirement

Ernest Hemingway once said, "What greater gift than the love of a cat?"

Anyone who ever entered the Cathedral's greenhouse and library has experienced such love. A memorable, American Short-hair named Katherine of Tarragon has graced the lives of visitors and staff on the close for over 15 years, and at this time, announces her retirement. 

Ms. Tarragon was only a kitten when she began her work as an entry-level mouse catcher in the Cathedral Greenhouse 15 years ago. It is there, where she spent most of her career until the closing of the Greenhouse in 2008. During which time, Ms. Tarragon inspired a retail product line at the Cathedral's Museum Shop where Katherine cards can be found. She spent the remainder of her professional career in the Cathedral Library, helping CCS and Cathedral records staff with daily office activities such as chasing strings across the floor, sleeping on the outgoing mail, and basking on the warm floor in front of the copy machine. Ms. Tarragon spent most mornings outside the front door of the library greeting everyone from staff and bike messengers, to visiting dignitaries.

As her primary care taker, Tom Wright describes, "Katherine is a robust 15.5 years old." She has developed some non-threatening, age-related health issues, and following the advice of her primary feline care provider has decided to retire. Ms. Tarragon will live out her days in a posh townhome in Georgetown, with daily and loving attention - and a new feline friend!

Katherine is, and will continue to be, a part of many lives. She is a reminder that even amidst the most trying of times, we can all find a common thread in the happiness - of that which occurs in nature - can bring.

January 12, 2010

2010 Choral Space Odyssey

It is difficult to talk about the end of 2009 when our season is only at the halfway mark. The 2009-2010 season has been a series of amazing events and celebrations, and we are ready and raring for 2010. This season, we have created a wonderful new group called the "CCS Ensemble Singers." The group is comprised of a rotating handful of regular CCS members that are available for local events and parties. They have performed at our fall retail fund raising events, the New Zealand Embassy, and in December, received the ultimate invitation: To provide holiday music at The White House.

This was a wonderful honor for the singers representing CCS and was hugely successful. Their artistic interpretation of holiday favorites entertained the likes of Al Roker, Andrea Mitchell, Bill O'Reilly and Wolf Blitzer. The singers were led by chorus master, Todd Fickley, and following the performance, were all introduced to the President of the United States and the First Lady.

We on the CCS staff are so proud of all the singers who participate in the "Ensemble Singers," for representing entire chorus so beautifully.

There are several exciting things in store for this season including more Young Professionals events, a "Twitter Balcony," and our final concert, Reilly & Friends: A Celebration of Twenty-Five Years - a concert sure to be a treat you will not want to miss.

Happy New Year!