Friday, December 20, 2019

Looking Back on the Dec. 17th Carol Craw; Dec. 16th Sing for Cameron Station

First off – the weather on Tues. 10th was awful – rainy and cold with snow predicted.  So chapter leaders decided on Monday to switch the Carol Crawl in Old Town to Dec. 17th. Well the weather at 7 pm was not much better, but it quit raining and we had a nice time.

About 50 members of the chorus met at Market Square (near the stage) at 7pm for the annual Carol Crawl with the chorus singing in restaurants along King Street. This is about our 13th annual caroling walk and the first time for several of our new members.

As usual we sang first at Gadsby Tavern (a popular spot for George Washington and his friends in the day) and then worked our way thru the popular Old Town entertainment district.  We sang three songs at each stop, wished them a Merry Christmas after announcing who we were and suggesting that if guys like to sing, come join us.  

And also as usual, we had a good group of fans (and some Harmo family members) who followed us along the street to each place. 

The Harmonizers were wearing Santa hats and dressed in colorful sweaters and bright scarves for the season.  Director Joe Cerutti was at the helm for the singing. 

As is the tradition, Mark Klostermeyer made contact with the owners/managers of the locations for us to sing.  Joe Cerutti Sr. organized an afterglow gathering spot at Chadwick’s which was our last stop for singing. A good crowd of the Harmo gang relaxed there. 

(In other news, here is a report prepared by Dean Rust from the Dec 15th singout in Cameron Station.)

A group of hardy Harmonizers brought Christmas cheer to around 100 residents of Cameron Station on Sunday December 15.  The Cameron Station Community Association held its Holiday Extravaganza with ample food, hayrides for the children, and music from the Harmonizers.  Following an outside warmup near the community pool, the 20+ Harmonizers under the direction of Terry Reynolds took their place in the Gazebo while the families wandered out from the community center.  The sun was out, but the low 50’s temperature made it an extra “cool” sing out.  The audience including many children was very appreciative; we made some new friends and plugged the upcoming holiday show.  Special thanks not only to Terry but to Joe and Janet Cerutti and Joel Goldman for handling the sound system and to Clyde Crusenberry and Noah Van Gilder for their solos. 
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 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd

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