A Celebration of Life & Art
To those who couldn't make it, but sent memories & love, thank you. Below you'll find a slideshow that we played on the big screen and some shots of the show.
You can read L's obituary here, and make sure to explore her website / her blog / her book (which features blog posts from 2010-2013). She left us with so many treasures.
LAURIE HADLOCK INSTRUCTIONS FOR SLIDESHOW VIEWING: Find a comfy place and somewhere to set your computer. Remove clutter from surrounding area!!!!!! Maybe even light a candle. Plug in good speakers & turn em up! Sit down with the cocktail of your choice (marg or g&t if you're channeling our girl) and you BETTER have a nice glass for it. Unless you're on a boat, in which case plastic is acceptable. Press play (full screen) & soak up that smile. Repeat as needed or until you run out of tissues.
Friday, May 8th: 5 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, May 9th: 7am to 7pm
Sunday, May 10th: 7am to 1pm
Where: In her barn at 4 Indian Ridge, Freeport Maine.
We lost our dear Laurie in the early morning of April 20th to pneumonia, a complication of her Parkinson's disease which was first diagnosed in 2010. She called Parkinson’s “a tiny diagnosis” and approached it with awe-inspiring courage, optimism and tenacity.
Ilka, Finn and I have arrived at what we believe to be a heartfelt celebration of Laurie. The “Covid times” we live in have forced us to look at it differently, and we believe may just make it better! We would like to invite you to an art celebration of her work, and her life.
Like all the best social gatherings, they only reach their full potential w/ “audience participation”. To that end, we can only pull this off with your help. We are asking that everyone drop off their favorite or favorite(s) work(s) of art done by her, to us, prior to May 6, Laurie’s Birthday. We will take good care of your prized possession and our family will “hang the show” on Laurie’s Birthday, and open it to all on May 8th thru the 10th. For those of you far away that would like to participate, we would love for you to send a photo of one of her pieces in your home (with its title & your name and location) that we will have up on “the big screen.”
Additionally, anyone who would like to offer a video recording of a “brief but spectacular” moment regarding Laurie, email or text ilka by May 6th….we want FIRST CUTS….no polishing! Phone video quality is fine! This way, we can overcome the one drawback of not hearing each of us tell our “Laurie story” in person. We'd love submissions from friends near & far.
We expect the duration of the show will provide ample social distance, and we will provide “refreshments” from sun up to sundown. We ask that folks park on Indian Ridge Road and walk up the hill, unless they are unable in which case “you drive in like you own it.”
In a twist of irony, we can honor Laurie by using the one faculty she most missed, her voice, to communicate and not self indulge in hugs and handshakes that put everyone at risk. That small gesture of not being able to do something simple that has been natural to you since birth honors her sacrifices these many years.
Ilka, Finn and myself will be present the whole time, and this is where we think “the covid advantage” plays large as we will not be in a hurry, we can enjoy each other without the pressure of a performance, and we hope that you feel the same.
We are looking forward to seeing you, and feeling you, thru raucous laughter and heartfelt tears, like our weather that changes in seconds.