Weekly Feature

2018-01-11 / Editorial

Spindle items

Lancaster/ Depew Editor

BIG NEWS — Jump the broom. Tie the knot. Leap of faith. A celebration of love.

No matter how you say it, it’s a big deal.

After seven plus years, Donovan and I decided to take that next step in our lives and get married.

I have to admit, getting married was never something I dreamed about since I was little. I didn’t try on my mother’s wedding dress, and I’ve never had that perfect ring or church in mind. Most people have that idea of what they want that day to be like, but it was never something I spent too much time thinking about.

That’s why, when we got reactions on our engagement ranging from tears of joy to mutterings of “finally,” it hit me how big of a deal this is.

We had thought about it as a big party for everyone, a celebration with family and friends, a way to bring everyone together before people move away or start families and are tied up with other commitments, but it can mean so much more to people.

Everything started to come together once my dad gave me a family ring. The stone belonged to my great-grandmother, a diamond that was cut nearly 100 years ago.

My grandfather had decided to turn the ring into a men’s style in the ’60s, much like a class ring with a diamond in the middle.

I didn’t have a photo of what the ring would have originally looked like, so instead I searched for photos of settings from the time period, choosing an ornate Art Deco style with triangle-shaped sapphires on either side and filigree made of white gold.

It’s a beautiful, extraordinary ring, and I’m so happy that it’s the first experience on the road to marriage that I got to experience with Donovan and with friends and family.

I’m sure there will be more wedding musings to come.

BEST BUDS — Sabres player Jack Eichel has teamed up with Dave and Adam’s and Roswell Park’s The Courage of Carly Fund for his Shine Gold apparel line, which benefits children and families with pediatric cancer.

Running through the end of March, The Jack Eichel Collection will be available at Dave and Adam’s and via wwwjeichel15.com.

All profits will be donated to Best Buddies International, a not-for-profit organization aiming to create one-on-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Visit www.bestbuddies.org to learn more.

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON — Area school districts will be finishing up holiday season concerts in January. Lancaster’s Music Department continues its numerous concerts, including the HS Arts Academy Recital and Art Show at 6:30 p.m. for sophomores and 8 p.m. for juniors on Tuesday, Jan. 16; John A. Sciole Winter Concerts at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at 86 Alys Drive, Depew; Hillview Winter Concert and Night of the Arts at 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at 11 Pleasant View Drive, Lancaster; and Winter Concert at Lancaster Middle, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 148 Aurora St., Lancaster. There is no admission charge for school concerts.

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