Monday, January 4, 2010

Looking Back on the Dec. 22nd Hospital Sing; Dec. 29th BLAST at Dundalk

The chorus did the annual sing at Alexandria Hospital on Dec. 22nd. We have done this for many, many years. In the old days the chorus was so small that the Alexandria Rec Dept. provided a bus and we went to several hospitals in the area to sing.

This year we had a decent crowd despite the awful weather conditions, street conditions and traffic. This was just a couple days after the 15-20 inch snow that hit the DC area. Director Joe helped us do our part to cheer up those who had to be in the hospital this time of year. After the sing, the troops adjourned to 815 Southside for an afterglow.

On Dec. 29th, a huge number of Alexandria guys went to the BLAST hosted by the Dundalk Chapter in Glen Bernie. We had 28 members present. And ten of them sang in the quartet contest that was for pick up groups as well as registered quartets. Tony Colosimo sang five times beating out Dean Martin, Joe Sawyer and Ryan Griffith who were in four groups. One of Tony’s quartets, SHOULD BE LEGAL, included Wayne Adams, Joe Sawyer plus Erin Odell singing tenor. She got a prize for being brave!!

After the 25 or so quartets were all done, some of our guys got prizes. Director Joe was in the second place quartet with guys from around the district. And the winning quartet was called LEADLESS with four of our guys – Ryan Griffith, Dean Martin, Joe Sawyer and Mike Kelly.

Other Harmonizers not mentioned above who got up and sang with three other guys included Sam McFarland, Chris Yates, and Bob Mattes. Several former members were on stage during the evening too. (YeEd is afraid to start that list in case we forgot someone!) It was fun to create the list of guys who were arriving from our chapter – some had driven a long way to be there.

Judges for the contest were the ladies from CAPRI who have been so helpful at our Youth Harmony events each spring. Rick Taylor, who is a Harmonizer, was MC. Ryan Griffith who is active in both Dundalk and Alexandria was credited for heading up the BLAST event which was well attended. They had to bring in extra tables. There were guys from NY, PA, NJ as well as VA, MD, DC.

The evening included lots of beer and soda and hot dogs and chips – all included in the small entry fee. The evening concluded with a performance by MAXX FACTOR, fresh back from their gig in Hollywood. Wow they are great.

Until next time – editorjack!

(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week at an Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter meeting. —Ye Ed.)

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