In 2008, my family realized dreams of pine scented breezes, woodland creatures coming to visit, snowshoeing by light of a full moon and spectacular starlit skies. Indeed, it was love at first sight when we found our paradise in Windsor, just past the Peru town line.
I was THRILLED to learn that Windsor is actually home to a number of artists and musicians. I had the pleasure of meeting one such hilltop treasure, Samantha Talora, on a warm summer day in 2013. We had both been hired, she to sing and I to play the violin, for a concert in Lenox. For me, it was love at first glorious sound. She is remarkably talented, with a crystal clear soprano voice and a gift for story-telling.
I recently had breakfast with Samantha and her husband at their home. Sam and Nick, like my family, moved from Cheshire after finding the home and land they’d always dreamed of in Windsor. We enjoyed fruit, pancakes and a beautiful view of the winter woods while discussing her winding and scenic path to today.
Sam has been singing as long as she can remember and joined her church choir as soon as she was old enough. It became apparent that St. Mary’s had an especially gifted young singer and she was soon being asked to sing solos. With a laugh, Sam describes falling in love with the microphone and wondering, “Where else can I do this?” She sang in talent shows and her first professional “gig” was singing at a wedding at age 12. Through middle and high school she participated in the school chorus, musical theater productions and Western District and All State choruses.