The Canterburys – Christmas 2019

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Hello friends and family!  The year 2019 found the Canterburys living their best life!  We hope the year has been excellent for you as well.


We began the year as we always do, heading to nearby Jordan Lake for our annual Polar Plunge!  The water only gets down to 50 degrees so it’s never too bad.


In February we visited Florida with Jerry’s family, hosted by Jerry’s sister Kim and her husband Jim.  It was the first time that most of Jerry’s family had been together for a while.


Jerry ran four marathons this year, each one 26.2 miles long.  After qualifying for it in 2018, he ran the Boston Marathon with his brother Bryan this April.  Nancy, family, and friends were there to cheer him on.  Two weeks later, Nancy and Jerry flew to California where he ran the Big Sur Marathon, completing a coast-to-coast challenge.  We both met Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! who was also running the race that day.  While in California, we visited Pinnacles and Death Valley national parks.  Both parks were exceptional and we very much enjoyed the trip.


June saw Jerry travel with friends to Belgium, where they rode their bikes and sampled beer for a week.  They rode over 300 miles and visited over a dozen breweries during that period.


In August, we flew to Arizona.  The main purpose of the trip was for Jerry to complete a 21-mile hike: from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, all the way down to the Colorado River (where the temperature reached 115 degrees), then all the way back up to the South Rim.  Jerry signed up for this adventure package the year before and had been looking forward to it for many months.  He also convinced his high school friend Ellen Reisig to complete it with him.  Jerry and Ellen met many interesting new friends in our 8-person, 2-guide tour group.  We spent two nights at the bottom of the canyon in a rustic cabin at Phantom Ranch.  Nancy drove from the North Rim to meet us on the South Rim, and had some hiking adventures of her own.


On the same Arizona trip, we had some other adventures as well.  We stayed a few nights – and stood on a corner – in Winslow, Arizona.  It was such a fine sight to see.  We stayed again at La Posada, a rehabilitated historic railroad hotel that was designed by the famous architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter.  We visited Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ then drove through Zion National Park on our way to visit friends in Nevada.  We traveled on to spend a few days in Sedona before finally flying home.  The entire trip was a great adventure.


September brought the annual Ohio State University Marching Band alumni reunion.  Jerry went alone this year and decided to just attend the game without playing or marching.  However, the day after the game is when all of Jerry’s friends from college days get together for the annual reunion party, which is actually a lot more fun than marching and playing.


October brought the third and fourth marathons of the year for Jerry.  The third was the Cannonball Marathon in Greensboro, NC.  The final one was the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC.  Jerry received his entry for MCM by raising funds for 261 Fearless.  261 Fearless is a charity focused on empowering women through fitness and running.  The organization was formed by Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an official entry, with bib number 261 to be exact.   Jerry was the top fundraiser for the 261 Fearless charity at the Marine Corps Marathon.  As a result, he got to spend some time speaking with Kathrine.  He also met many great individuals who were also fundraisers for or involved in the charity, and remains in touch with many of them.


We wrapped up the year with our nearly-annual trip to New Smyrna Beach, FL.  Jerry first visited the area with college friends in 1985, then both of us went there for our one-year anniversary in 1988.  It’s a wonderful town without the usual tourist trappings of a Florida beach town.



We continue to enjoy our membership at the Durham Performing Arts Center (aka “DPAC”) where we saw a number of excellent shows, including:


NPR’s “Live from Here” (formerly Prairie Home Companion)

Miss Saigon

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Rock of Ages

Dear Evan Hansen


Carol Burnett

Hello Dolly



A Bronx Tale

White Christmas


We also saw a number of musical concerts throughout the area, at DPAC and other venues.


Paul McCartney

Ringo Starr

Doobie Brothers

Asia / ELP / Yes

Lake Street Dive


Weekend Excursion


Andrew McMahon

Harry Connick, Jr.


Fitz & the Tantrums


Nancy has stepped up her volunteer activities this year.  She continues to support the Safe Haven cat rescue shelter on a weekly basis.  She is also on the board of a local cycling team, Team CBC.

Our four cats continue in good health.  Jackson (gray) is the oldest at 14 years old.  He had a tough year in that all his teeth were removed, but he bounced back strong and has actually gained some weight.  Chaplin (white) and Spats (tuxedo) are about seven years old now, while Tiger is a rambunctious 3-year-old.


Unfortunately, there was some sad news this year.  Nancy’s brother Warren died in June after a long battle with alcoholism.  Many attempts were made by family members to intervene, but ultimately all attempts failed.  Warren passed at the young age of 64 years old.  Friends and family attended his service in West Chester, PA this past July.  Warren will be missed by many, including his three children.


Please hug all your friends and family this holiday season and tell them you love them!  We wish you the happiness and joy you deserve this holiday season!


Nancy and Jerry Canterbury

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