To gather at an ancestral home, laden with artifacts and memories, in a paradisiac setting of lake, trees, flowers, joy and laughter is a summer delight. Copake, New York, is such a setting with its remembrances and stories transmitted to each new generation - embroidered, elaborated, and exquisite in the retelling. Its provenance dates from the early 1920s. Change and continuity are the the hallmarks of history, global and personal. Happily true in this personal case.