Lots of buzz in the hall Tuesday – show talk, guys looking for Saturday nite tickets from other guys who might have extras, and of course pre Thanksgiving chatter.
Some guys were already en route home to see family like Jeremy Richardson in WV. Ken White skipped the afterglow to head up to MA very early Wednesday morn. Lots of guys admitted that they would be doing a lot of the cooking for Turkey Day. And some guys got to come to the afterglow (we were back at Theisman’s again) cause they didn’t have to work on Wednesday like Steve White and Rob Korsan.
We had a little scare during the meeting when Alan Wile was helped from the risers. He sat for a while and then signaled for some guys to help him go to hospital. He was dizzy and had been told by a doctor to get help if he had that happen to him. By break time, the guys who helped him were back from the hospital and reported that his wife was with him, he is fine and that someone had taken his car on to his house. Thanks to those guys who stepped up and helped get him to the hospital.
Musically this week’s meeting and rehearsal was largely preparation for the holiday shows on Dec. 3 and 4. Tony and Will did chorus warm ups and turned the singers over to Director Joe. He took a shot at prompting guys to sell tickets to fill up Fri nite and Sat afternoon!!!
Show chair Bob Mattes asked each man to sign up on the yellow sheets he had out for table servers. A must for all.
He also reminded us all to bring 4 dozen cookies for dessert platters. Bring them to Jack Pitzer when you come to sing on Friday. Bring two wrapped large boxes in shinny paper. Bring them on Thursday when you come to the dress rehearsal at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St., Alex 22302.
He also asked guys to step up the ticket sales. And don’t forget to look for some things to contribute to the silent auction. Let Don Dillingham know of items you will offer – make a home cooked meal, a quartet appearance, a silver tray full of homemade candy, a fancy holiday decorated cake, a holiday sweatshirt or apron or t-shirt or cap, etc.
Scipio urged guys to get busy planning their costumes and hinted at some of the fun the script and actors have in store for us and our audiences.
During the break, we enjoyed left over cake from the Pride of Baltimore chorus from their party in honor of MAXX FACTOR. And many goodies guys and FRIENDS had brought in to share.
President Newton announced funeral details for Terry Jordan’s mother in WV – Sat. Nov. 27th at 11:30 at First Baptist Church in Dunbar. Viewing from 10:30 – 11:30. Donations in lieu of flowers to Harmony Foundation in the name of Madeline Jordan.
Chuck McKeever reports that John Pence will likely be coming home from the hospital t his week. He suggests we give JP and his wife a few days to adjust before calling.
Carl Kauffmann asks all the guys to fill out their survey about their plans for the International convention in Kansas City, MO, next July. Deadline is in soon for chapter to place order for tickets and rooms.
In Alan’s absence, Mark Klostermeyer reminded guys to turn in their Harmo Hero forms.
And Eric Wallen nudged all the guys to start forming quartets for the chapter’s Put Together Contest on Dec. 14th. Don’t just wait til that nite to grab four guys in the hall. Pick a new song, or write some funny lyrics or get some crazy costumes. There are awards for comedy quartets too!! No time limit but just one song.
Secretary Buechler presented membership renewal cards to Tom Kraus for 4 years; Ken White for 12 years, Bob Sutton for 27 years and Steve White for 34 years.
Ken White introduced many family members and Harmo friends in the house this week of Thanksgiving. Also good to see Jon Abel and Pete Frank.
After break it was back to work on holiday music. CAMERON STATION sang one of their holiday songs for us as they will be on the show this year. Director Joe explained the fun way we do “The 12 Days of Christmas” song with the audience.
He was also pushing things along as he was excited to work more on the 2011 contest up tune. We got in about 15 – 20 minutes of fun with it.
At 10 we wrapped it up, put the tons of stuff away and headed for the afterglow. Tho YeEd noted a lot of quartets singing in corners and other rooms of Durant. Some are chapter quartets that are singing on the show too.
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.)