Saturday, December 27, 2014

Looking Back on the December 23rd Sing at INOVA Hospital

Thanks to Alan Wile for taking notes for YeEd. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.


Note there is no meeting at Durant on Dec 30.


Folks interested might wanna go to the Blast party that nite at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Dundalk Chapter. $15 cover for food and drink. At Michael's 8th Ave. Hall, 7220 Grayburn Dr., Glen Burnie MD. Great time for tag singers and pick up quartet singers. There are usually many Harmonizers there.

On Tues. Dec. 23rd, 25 Harmonizers met in the lobby of the Alexandria Hospital at 7:00 p.m. Dec 23 to sing through the wards. Keith Jones took attendance, Dean Rust provided the pitch pipe and was the “keeper of the keys,” Assistant director Mike Kelly directed, and Community Service VP Clyde Crusenberry led the ensemble from station to station.


The route included stops at eight “units” (nursing stations, ICU, etc.) and included at least three special request stops to sing for individual patients. On average, four songs were performed at each stop, selected from the following list: Welcome Christmas, Fa La La, Felice Navidad, Jingle Bells, Little St. Nick, Oh Holy Night, Silent Night, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.


A few men donned Santa hats and song books were available for those who chose to use them. Oddly enough, no escort was provided by the hospital this year but Clyde did a terrific job shepherding the group from place to place. The singing, together with choreography, was well received by all and the last song was sung at 9:00 p.m. Every man left knowing that performing for hospital staff and patients was one more reason It’s Great To Be A Harmonizer!


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 during the 66th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd.