What a contrast! This past weekend, the town of Williamsburg was shut down by William and Mary graduation. It’s a big deal in our little town. Every motel room and every parking place seemed to be filled by the crowd that came into town.
After worship on Sunday, Patty and I drove to New York City, because our daughter, Emily was to receive a Master of Arts in Music Education degree from Columbia University Teacher’s College.
The ceremony was held in the Cathedral of St. John the Beloved, on Amsterdam Avenue. There were thousands of people in attendance! The city’s reaction? Ho hum … City busses picked up riders right in front of the Cathedral. Traffic wizzed past. Restaurants on Amsterdam Avenue were crowded with folks who had no connection to the graduation.
Quite a different scene, compared to sleepy Williamsburg!
And, when students were graduating from the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, there was not a single sidewalk vendor hawking his wares: “Get yer graduation souveniers heah!”
Here’s a picture of Patty with Emily’s wonderful husband, Sheldon: