Gwendolyn Toth

Gwendolyn Toth is the director of the New York City-based early music ensemble, ARTEK, and a soloist on early keyboards (organ, harpsichord, fortepiano). She is married to harpsichordist Dongsok Shin, and they have three children.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Visit to a castle and Groningen

Saturday was more beautiful weather, so we made a trip to Fraeylemaborg ("borg" is castle in Dutch) in Slochteren with my niece Karen and our friends Willem and Leny. There were extensive gardens and grounds to walk around behind the castle, much of it a sort of wild forest with paths, ponds, and bridges - most un-Dutch in its un-tamed naturalness. But not unlike the grounds around my childhood home. Here's a picture of us on a woodland perch! Dongsok is good with that auto-timer.

In the castle, it was an interesting mix of furnishings from the past and some rather extreme modern art. Here's an example:

Afterwards, we went into Groningen and visited the Martinikerk with the famous organ (we did not play this one, however...I've done so in the past).

We also visited the Prinsentuin (Prince's Garden) where Dongsok took a picture of a bee in the rose garden.

Afterwards, a traditional Dutch Pannekoek (pancake) dinner, and home to prepare program notes for Sunday's concert.

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