Shaker Junior High School hired Jill Macdonald in 1982 to teach charming kids about sewing, cooking and career choice, which means that by 2012 she had waved goodbye as summer break began, thirty times. Hey, let’s retire!! She moved to Cape Cod, fixed her leaning chimney, took in a Great Pyrenees – Australian Shepherd, and started learning about shore birds. Eric Allen grew up in a college town (think Amherst College) and perversely became an artisan. He builds custom libraries and the like. They met in Maine some years ago, she attending a summer running camp, he working. It had been a last-minute decision for her: annoying repairs at home, nothing going right, a quick search for camps then a check sent by mail. He was fixing a door when they met. If a thousand things had not happened just so, it wouldn’t have been. Last Columbus Day they married, in a tiny chapel on a wind-beaten stretch of Maine coast. A storm somewhere pushed breakers onto the granite beachfront. The sun was out. Sarah McLachlan’s “Ordinary Miracle” wafted about. In the middle of the ceremony they looked down the aisle, out the open doors and watched all of this. Now they, and the dog, live on the Cape. And Jill sleeps in. (And kayaks.)
Mason and Perry
Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Mason of Loudonville announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Caitlin Mary Angela Genevieve Mason, to Mr. Nicholas Mark Perry, son of Pamela Perry of Menands. Miss Mason is the granddaughter of the late Peter and Angela Mason and Genevieve Streath. The bride to be is a graduate of the College of St. Rose and works in the Communications field. Mr. Perry is the grandson of the late Frank and Beverly Perry. The groom to be is a graduate of the University at Albany and works in the office of the New York State Comptroller. A Fall 2014 wedding is planned.
Courtney Genovese, daughter of Maureen Flynn, of Loudonville was married April 6, 2013, to Commander William L. Hendrickson, son of Sidney Hendrickson of Springfield ,Va., and Daniel Hendrickson of Coronado, Calif. The ceremony was performed at Kay Chapel in Newport, R.I. with the Rev. Michael Egan officiating. Katherine Genovese of Albany, N.Y. ,was maid of honor for her sister. Brian Hendrickson of Coronado, Calif., and Andrew Hendrickson of New York City were best men for their brother. The reception was held at the Viking Hotel in Newport, R.I. The bride received her bachelor’s degree from Colby College and her MBA from Northeastern University. She is a business development manager at Ocean Spray. The groom earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and his MBA from the University of San Diego. He is a Commander in the US. Navy. The couple reside in Washington, D.C.