Disson Skating Blog
Show: PANDORA Holiday Celebrations on Ice presented by Balsam Hill
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2015
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST/
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST/
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. MST/
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST
(Check your local listings!)
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Disson Skating’s annual celebration of children, their skating moms and dads, the joy of watching tiny skates grow into bigger skates, of our champions sharing their most important jobs, as parents – all that has been the “Musselman’s Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute” for a decade. I am touched by seeing the gentle and protective sides of my skating heroes so I love this show. This year I looked forward to the usual celebration with friends and fellow fans in a location new to me, Oklahoma City. I was ready to go.
And I was ready for terrific and adorable: Naomi, Irina, Todd, Ilia, Katia, Michael, Paul, Scott and all those fabulous kids. The Wylie’s have such fun on the ice as a family; Liza Kulik brings more beauty and skill each year; Irina’s son had such a wonderful time skating with his mom last time she was here; Lisa Weiss made her singing debut with her family last year, and rocked it; the Kerr’s offer the sibling point of view and Scott, Scott was back! Yup, I was ready for sequins, sparkle, cuteness and pure fun.
The show was Sunday so we had time to explore. Our group, Kulik’s Krew, thought that our first stop would be the OKC National Memorial on the site of the Murrah Building bombing of April, 1995. Being a New Yorker, I felt ready for the OKC memorial too. I wasn’t.
The horror of that day in OKC, the terror of the survivors, the valor of the rescuers, the mourning of a city for its own – it was all there. The memorial is heart-stopping, beautiful; the museum brings you so close to the bombing and the victims, many of them children, that you take them away with you. I certainly did. And I sat down in my seat in the arena on Sunday for the Family Tribute show with my heart very much across town and on matters less joyful.
Our seats were next to the children’s choir – all local students, fresh and excited. When they stood together to open the show with the National Anthem their sound was as natural and charming as only kids can be. There was joy in that sound, from children whose families had been there, near there, changed, saddened, angered by what had happened 20 years ago. But there they were and their sound was joyful.
The show went on. Irina treated us to her tiny, beautiful, brave daughter Varvara – pure delight. Paul and Kate Wylie with their three children showed us that you can be down, for a minute or two, but not out – Paul looked wonderful and skated beautifully. He was almost lost and yet there he was with the family that had held him so close. And the ‘almost too adorable to be possible’ Maxx Hamilton with his father, Scott, who has been through it and through it, and yet comes with optimism, purpose and a twinkle in his eyes – you’ll see that Maxx is learning a lot from his dad. Of course I loved watching Liza whose accomplishments just grow each year; she seems to bring the best of both her mom and dad to the ice. Naomi’s girls; Todd’s boys; oh, and the Kerr’s skating a beautiful program about lives lost for Irish independence (John’s and Sinead’s mom is Irish and so they honored that heritage).
At once I could see extraordinary tragedies, daily tragedies, all mixed with the hope and connections that only children, family and love can bring. More than nice, more than fun; it was joyful, really joyful. I look forward to it again when this wonderful show is broadcast on November 15.