On Thursday evening about 25 neighbors got together to celebrate Maria’s 54th birthday. She has lived on the top floor of our condominium building since she was about 7 years old, and now lives there with her husband and two teenage sons. Because of the weather, everyone stayed inside, but the grill was going under the covered section of Maria’s terrace cooking sausages and pork chops. The highlight of the evening was the music after dinner. Maria led her guests in singing traditional folk songs accompanied by guitars, accordion, clarinet, tambourine, and hand clapping.