Friday, January 11, 2019

Looking Back on the Dec. and Jan. Chapter Holiday Social Events
During the 2018-19 holiday season, there were two social events that were well attended  by chapter members.

First was the 46th annual Blast – this year on Dec. 27th so singers could get their barbershop “fix” during the month while most chapters are on vacation.  It was hosted by the Dundalk, MD, Chapter at the American Legion Post #38.  It’s a fun nite with food and drink and barbershoppers from all over the country.  An informal quartet contest is a big part of the fun.
According to reporter Sam McFarland, the following Harmonizers attended: Chuck McKeever, Goeff Berman, Rick Taylor, Tony Colosimo, Bill Colosimo, Andrew Havens, Rick Savage, Paul Grimes, Mike Kelly, Brian Ammerman, Dennis Ritchey, Bruce Roehm, Joe Certutti Jr., and Christian Hoff. 
The Harmonizers that sang in a put-together quartet were Tony, Bill, Brian, Joe, Mike, and Rick.
Rick Savage, Fred Womer, Paul Grimes, and Bill Clark came together for a reunion performance of PREMIERE quartet for a five-song set.  The past district champs were as good as ever. Both Fred and Bill are former chapter members. 
Tony Colosimo, Andrew Havens, and their wives sang in their mixed quartet BETTER TOGETHER and did a three-song set. They were also wonderful. 
A good time was had by all those who attended “The Blast.” – Sam McFarland
The annual Heat Glow was held on Sat. nite Jan. 5th at the home of Jack and Pat Pitzer.  This chapter tradition has been held most of the last 50 years in homes of members.  It was originally held after the burning of the greens by the City of Alexandria in the 1960s.  The chorus sang for that event many times and then adjourned to a “heat glow” to warm up and have fun.
This year’s event continued the fun.  The house was full of Harmonizer family and the tables were loaded with goodies of every kind.  The grog was all gone too!
The next chapter meeting is Tues. Jan. 15th at the Scottish Rite Temple at 7.
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