I walked into the room fraught with the buzz of conversation.
I knew this wouldn't really be my crowd.
I was right.
A crowd of older faces looked up at me with curious eyes as I walked through the doors.
"This is Karis Stephen, our summer intern at Settlement."
A dash of interest tinted the room.
Smiling, elderly faces.
I nodded in their direction.
Conversation broke out among them once again.
It was the sound of budding friendships.
Almost like music.
The Adult Chamber Music Festival took place at Willow Grove last Friday, which I had the chance to observe. It was a weekend of social interaction and musical exercise, a combination which proved to be worthwhile for the participants. Geared towards musicians aged 50+, they engaged in everything from lovely music-making to chair yoga, as a mode for health and peace of mind. One participant stated, "music is my passion." This sentiment was reinforced by all who intended, their intensity on the craft beautifully matched their love for it.
I can only hope to be as musically-inclined as these folks when I'm their age.
One of my takeaways from this weekend: Music is sure way to keep minds active long after the passage of youth.