Mother’s Day 2015 and Liz and I visited the Gazebo on Woodburn Avenue, the location of a lovely fountain of dancing nymphs at the exact spot of the first Anneliese von Oettingen School of Ballet in Cincinnati. I recall the tiny store front, the ally on the side, the barre and single mirror on one wall, and the year we began class. The neighbors from down the street, Trisch and Mellie Meretta, Sue Ellen Bowen, my cousins Peggy and Michael, my brother and I were the first students. It all began in 1948.
Fifty years later that building was demolished and a small green area was changed to a park. The mayor of the city presented my Mother with a Key to the city, placed a memorial plaque on the brick walls, and dedicated the day to her. When we returned to this site sometime later, the plaque was gone.
Laura Hughes later replaced the plaque, but instead of putting it into the park, installed it into the studio. I’m sure students and parents have wondered about the plaque in the studio. Here is a photo we took while visiting the park. I think this visit a fitting endeavor for Mother’s Day, in honor of my mother, Anneliese von Oettingen.