Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Looking Back on Aug. 10th 60th Anniversary Event

Looking Back on August 10th 60th Anniversary Celebration

(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 with the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —Ye Ed.)

Over 100 folks attended this fun event as a midyear celebration for our anniversary. Many former members, some inactive members, some from far away, and a bunch of new members were on hand for a great potluck. The HARMO family has always put on a great “feed” at these kinds of events.

The FRIENDS group did the decorations – red, white and blue theme with fresh flowers on each table. Terry Jordan and his wife Ginger also worked extra hard in making the celebration a success.

The extensive historical display was set up by Bob Eckman and his wife Maggie for all to enjoy. Bob Blair hauled it to the Rec Center. It was created for our 50th year – so we could do some updating to add the last ten years.

After the meal, table-teams had fun trying to identify the men in a 1995 Miami International chorus picture. The team headed by Klostermeyer and Rust claimed victory. After this fun, was the Talent Show. Rules – just no barbershop. (Luckily tho we did sing a PoleCat song and “I’ll Be Seeing You” before it was all said and done.) Scott Kahler came thru with the sound equipment and stage set up with help from Dennis Ritchey.

There were five talent acts who performed on the Durant stage. Jordan was MC who added some history facts and quiz questions during the show.

First act was Paul Ritchey, who lives now in PA, who sang all verses of the National Anthem. Then we had a surprise appearance of Crosby/Stills/Nash and/or Peter Paul and Mary (Will Cox, Max Kieba, Dan O’Brien). Magic California Kyle (Blomgren) tricked a couple volunteers from the audience, such as Director Joe and a youngster with Nick Murane, with his magic show. Joel Golden sang and played his guitar sharing two coffee-house songs. Dick Dangel did “Sweet Georgia Brown” on his squeeze box. The final act was April Wagner, daughter of Rick and Peggy, clowning it up on stage. She is a recent grad of Clown College.

Everyone pitched in for clean up and put away.

Until next time – editorjack!

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