Thursday, December 2, 2021

Looking Back on the Nov. 30th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the Nov. 30th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 

This week the Covid statistics in our area improved enough that our chapter Covid committee headed by Jason Leedetermined that all the Harmonizers who are planning to sing the Holiday show were invited to the meeting this week. In general, it was as great night with singing and work on the risers like the “old days.”

 

To kick things off, associate director Tony Colosimo conducted a warm up session for the singers in the cafeteria.  

 

When artistic director Joe Cerutti took the helm, he welcomed the members and thanked them again for their work on the music, and he welcomed the men on Zoom.  He also welcomed some folks we have not seen in person for a while including Tyler Carpenter, Kellen Hertz, and Jack Cameron who came to VA from his new home in SC to sing on the show.  He has worked via Zoom and is ready.  He is staying this week with Mike Kelly, his car pool buddy from before moving to SC.  We also sang happy birthday to Jason Lee and Alan Wile

 

The memorial service for Linda Savage is on Fri. Dec. 3rd at 10 am at Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Rd. in Fairfax.  Chorus call is 9:15 am and we will sing “I’ll Be Seeing You” as requested by Ricky. All Harmonizers are encouraged to come sing.

 

Joe spoke about the Giving Tuesday campaign promoted by Bruce Roehm and the AH Inc. board that endsed at midnight.  He even suggested that those who could and haven’t given could do it during the rehearsal. YeEd learned that we were not doing too badly in reaching our goal of $15,000.  The board actually pledged monies to match donations. Thanks to those folks.

 

And Joe stressed that guys update their attendance plans on Groupanizer for December events. The music team wants responses even if it is “Won’t Attend.”

 

Finally Joe sparked interest in some changes coming for our first rehearsal in 2022 on January 11th.   The music team is working on a rehearsal night format 2.0 – building on the plan that was in effect just before Covid.  Stay tuned for details.

 

For those who have not marked their Dec. 2021 calendar:

 

* Note that there will be no meeting on Dec. 7th  to rest up after the show.

* The chorus will sing some songs from the holiday show in Old Town Alexandria on Sat. Dec. 11th  starting with a mini-concert at 3 pm by the Christmas Tree at Market Square. After that we will stroll down King Street and sing for the crowds shopping there. There is some talk about ending some place together. 

* Then on Tuesday nights, Dec. 14th and 21st, we will do some singing in and around Alexandria. Quartets and VLQs will sing around the city too and on Dec. 31st.  Thanks to Dean Rust for coordinating many of these gigs. Joe will likely offer to host afterglows those nights too at Harmo House.  Come join in the fun. 

* There will be no chapter meetings on Dec. 28th nor on Jan. 4th.  

*We will start back up on Jan. 11,  2022.

 

After these announcements, the chorus went to the auditorium and sang on the risers and did a top-to-bottom run through of the show music for “Hope for the Holidays.”  Even some of the quartets and VLQs sang their songs for us. There were some new riser placements this week since more singers have signed up to do the show.

 

This year’s holiday show at the Scottish Rite Temple in DC (2800 16th Street NW) at 2 pm and 6 pm on Sunday, Dec. 5th.  They will be a one-act show lasting about one hour.  There will be complimentary valet parking for show patrons for both shows thanks to our friend and former AH Inc. community board member, Paul Dolinsky.  

 

Joe did suggest that ticket reservations are going pretty well for the 350 seat auditorium at the DC Scottish Rite Temple.  NOTE it is at 2800 16th Street NW  (if you had Googled it, you might get the wrong address of other similarly named venues).  Chorus members should use social media to prompt family, friends and neighbors and co-workers to reserve a ticket since this auditorium is smaller.  

 

There were several show announcements from Terry

(1)  the uniform for the show is a chapter provided sweat shirt, a white scarf, to be worn with a collared long sleeve white shirt, black suit pants and black shoes and socks.

(2)  Chorus call is 12 noon.  You should eat lunch before you come.  There will be time between shows to go get food or you can bring something. The chorus will not be fed as a group. Makes sense to wear the black pants, shoes and white shirt – save sweat shirt and scarf for the show.

(3)  Chorus members should plan ahead for their parking, plan to carpool if possible, and plan for delays at Metro Stations that are close to the venue.

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 73rd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

 

Friday, November 26, 2021

Looking Back on the Nov. 23rd 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the Nov. 23rd 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 

Since the statistics were worse for the pandemic in our area, this week the chapter’s Covid committee decided we could not have more that 40 people in a room.  So the music team worked hard to keep the numbers down by having sectionals, taking VLQ groups out to practice their songs for the show and even asking some of us to stay out of the room. The Harmonizers’ meeting was entirely inside the Scottish Rite Temple (SRT) again, and we used every possible space for breakouts.

 

To kick things off, associate director Tony Colosimo conducted a warm up session for the singers in the cafeteria.  We needed the “warm” part since the temps outside were pretty low.

 

When artistic director Joe Cerutti took the helm for the night, he welcomed the members and thanked them for their work on the music, and he welcomed about a half dozen men on Zoom.  He shared his pride in the men for “holding it together” during so many changes in our work style and meetings and rehearsals. He asked who gets the award for the longest trip for the Thanksgiving holiday – two contenders were Akron, OH, and the Bahamas!!  

 

He also reported the sad news that Rick Savage’s wife Linda died on Monday. It was very sudden. There will be a memorial service on Fri. Dec. 3rd at 11 am.  More details to follow.

 

The changes in the plans for this year’s holiday show mean it will not be at Schlesinger but instead there will be show performances at the Scottish Rite Temple in DC (NOTE this is not the place where we rehearse each week) at 2 pm and 6 pm on Sunday, Dec. 5th.  It will be a one-act show lasting about one hour.  There will be complimentary valet parking for both shows thanks to our friend and former AH Inc. community board member, Paul Dolinsky. At this point the plan is for singers to wear masks.  

 

ALERT - Announcements have been released to members and patrons to reserve the free tickets for our shows on Dec. 5th. Patrons are invited to make a free-will donation. There are just 350 seats at the SRT in DC. About 150 have been reserved for the 2 pm show and about 50 for the 6 pm show.  Chorus members should use social media to prompt family, friends and neighbors and co-workers to reserve a ticket since this auditorium is smaller.  

 

Chorus uniform coordinator, Robyn Murane, was in the lobby this week to distribute new uniform parts for members who needed them- especially for all or our new members!  

 

Here is the updated chapter December calendar for the chapter.  Take note – and go to Groupanizer to confirm your attendance. There will be no meeting on Dec. 7th the Tuesday after our show.  The chorus will do caroling in Old Town Alexandria on Sat. Dec. 11th  (see details for that day’s events below). Then on Tuesday nights, Dec. 14th and 21st, we will do some singing in and around Alexandria.  There will be no chapter meeting on Dec. 28th nor on Jan. 4th.  We will start back up on Jan. 11,  2022.

 

The plans for singing on Sat. Dec. 11th include a main event – we will sing for 30 minutes starting at 3 pm on the steps by the Christmas tree in Market Square on King Street in Old Town Alexandria. Thanks to Dean Rust for coordinating this event with the City of Alexandria. After the concert there, we will stroll down King Street and sing more for the crowds including a stop at the new Old Dominion Boat Club building. Likely we will end up with a party-like gathering someplace near the riverfront.  Before the concert, a couple of quartets or VLQs will sing holiday songs at some nursing homes.

 

This week’s rehearsal started with some review work on “Trim Up the Tree” and after a few times thru the song, Joeasked the guys to add some of the “sparkle” that we used to see when 13-year-old Mikey used to sing with us on the shows. Then we all looked around and there he was – all grown up and singing bass!! Welcome back for the show Michael Robertson.

 

When the chorus went upstairs to the auditorium, it was the first time we have sung as a chorus on the risers in a couple years!!!  During the second half of the meeting, guys were assigned riser positions. 

 

Some highlights of the work session on show songs included (1) “Carol of the Bells” will be without a director out front; (2) Tony will sing a solo on “O Holy Night” and there will be organ accompaniment and Joe was teaching the guys to observe different hand signals for “oo” or “ah” or “words” during the song; (3) David Breen will do the solo in “Joy to the World;” (4) soloists for “Ave Maria” will be David, Lance Fisher and John Sefuentes; and (5) soloists for “Do You Hear What I Hear” will be Drew Fuller, Frank Fedarko and Devin Gerzof

 

Tony worked with the soloists during some of the chorus time slots of the night. There was a time slot of sectionals too this week as well as time for the two smaller choruses singing “Text Me Merry Christmas” or “Fa La La.”

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be at 7 pm on Nov. 30th, 2021 at Scottish Rite   Temple on Braddock Rd. in Alexandria and will likely be a hybrid meeting again. 

 

It was fun to visit with members this week and chat about their plans for Thanksgiving.  Lots of guys do some of the cooking or are asked by their family to bring a special dish.  Joe made cranberry relish.  He also had a cake made which we baked during the afterglow – he got the recipe from a barbershop friend in HI.  It was great with some vanilla ice cream.  You just never know what will happen at a Harmonizer afterglow. 

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 73rd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Looking Back on the Nov. 16th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the Nov. 16th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 

This week the chapter’s Covid committee decided we could not have more that 50 people in a room – down by ten from the last week or so. The Harmonizers meeting was entirely inside the Scottish Rite Temple (SRT) again, however, and the chorus rotated between the auditorium, lobby and the cafeteria.  

 

Associate director Tony Colosimo was at the helm for the entire warm up and rehearsal periods this week. 

 

He welcomed the members and thanked them for their work on the music, and he welcomed about a half dozen men on Zoom.  (Great to see Bob Rhome on the Zoom link each week from his new home in GA.)

 

Tony extended the invite to all Harmonizers with November birthdays to come to the BirthdayGlow at the Harmo House after chapter tonight. He called for “one-clap” for each guy as he read the names: Lance Fisher, Jason Lee, Mike Fasano, Ken Rub, Kris Zinkievich, David Welter, Rick Taylor, Dean Rust, Terry Jordan, Scott Werner andAlan Wile

 

The changes in the plans for this year’s holiday show mean it will not be at Schlesinger but instead there will be show performances at the Scottish Rite Temple in DC (NOTE this is not the place where we rehearse each week) at 2 pm and 6 pm on Sunday, Dec. 5th.  It will be a one-act show lasting about one hour.  There will be complimentary valet parking for both shows thanks to our friend and former AH Inc. community board member, Paul Dolinsky. At this point the plan is for singers to wear masks.  (YeEd hears there will be colorful holiday masks provided!)

 

ALERT - Announcements have been released to members and patrons to reserve the free tickets for our shows on Dec. 5th

 

Chorus uniform coordinator, Robyn Murane, will be at the Nov. 23rd rehearsal to distribute new uniform parts for members.  Members expecting to get uniform parts and who won’t be attending next week should make arrangements for someone to pick up their things. 

 

Tony also updated the chapter on the changing December calendar. There will be no meeting on Dec. 7th the Tuesday after our show.  The chorus will do caroling in Old Town Alexandria on Sat. Dec. 11th. Then on Tuesday Dec. 14th and 21st we will do some singing in and around Alexandria.  There will be no chapter meeting on Dec. 28th nor on Jan. 4th.  We will start back up on Jan. 11,  2022.

 

Membership director Jacob Broude reports that the November Social event on Sat. afternoon Nov. 13th at Top Golf was a great success. Eleven folks showed up, split across two bays, and swung clubs for an hour and a half. Devin Gerzof and Stan Quick were the top of the class, pacing their bay, while Dave DesPortes shot well to win the other set. The group shared snacks, had some beers, and comingled across the two bays, with many reporting the event was a lot of fun, and would be great with a larger Harmo crowd. 

 

In recent months, chapter secretary Dave DesPortes has been mailing membership renewal cards to our fellow members when they pay dues and he gets word about the payment from BHS headquarters.  Here is a list of Harmonizers who have renewed recently:

 

Last Name

First Name

Years in Soc.

Date Renewal Card Sent

Lapel Pin for a Milestone year

Shepard

Adam

4

2021-11-15

Berkson

Michael

6

2021-11-15

Kohls

Dave

9

2021-11-15

McConnell

Jim

19

2021-11-15

Takahashi

Antony

19

2021-11-15

Reyno

Dave

22

2021-11-15

Cash

Tim

23

2021-11-15

Eliason

Randall

26

2021-11-15

Schwartz

Mike

27

2021-11-15

Geipel

Mike

30

2021-11-15

yes

McKeever

Chuck

35

2021-11-15

yes

Buechler

Chris

36

2021-11-15

Ashford

Jeff

37

2021-11-15

Wagovich

Joe

40

2021-11-15

yes

Ashford

Phil

44

2021-11-15

Santora

John

45

2021-11-15

yes

 

Dave also reports that he sent a membership renewal to Jack Cameron for 52 years!!

 

Musical leaders worked on holiday music starting with “Silent Night.” Part of the room rotation included letting the half-chorus groups work on their songs for the show. Soloists for “Do You Hear What I Hear” will be Frank Fedarko, Devin Gerzof and Drew Fuller. The fast whimsical “Trim Up the Tree” from “The Grinch Stole Christmas” is coming along and guys are adding the fun to their performance. The soloist for “Joy to the World” is David Breen.

 

There were some announcements during the business session this week: a VLQ is needed to fill an invitation for a holiday event at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town - email will be coming to singers; and be sure to keep up your attendance plans on Groupanizer.

 

President Stan Quick requested thoughts and prayers for some members of the Harmonizer family to include Susan Williams – Ross Johnson’s wife, Rick’s wife - Linda Savage, and Ken Ives.

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be at 7 pm on Nov. 23rd, 2021 at Scottish Rite   Temple on Braddock Rd. in Alexandria and will likely be a hybrid meeting again. 

 

In other news, this past weekend, Dennis Ritchey was elected as president of DELASUSQUAHUDMAC – the M-AD honor club for men who have made significant contributions to barbershopping in our district.  He follows Mike Kellywho served four years in that position.  The meeting was held virtually again this year.  A surprise guest quartet performance during the meeting was with FIRST TAKE – with Harmonizers Tony Colosimo and Andrew Havens.  Their tenor is Alex Corsen from NJ and their bari is Drew Wheaton.  They made their virtual appearance from Louisville, KY (in Drew’s recording studio) where they were having a weekend rehearsal. 

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 73rd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

Friday, November 12, 2021

Looking Back on the Nov. 9th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the Nov. 9th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 

This week the Harmonizers meeting was entirely inside the Scottish Rite Temple (SRT) and the chorus rotated between the auditorium, lobby and the cafeteria.  This week’s chorus included the most singers present in over a year.  There were some challenges for singers with wearing masks and taking plenty of breath.  Jason Lee suggested three good masks to get – K95, N95, or KF94.

 

After a couple moves from room to room, everyone agreed it was easier to hear and sing in the cafeteria. 

 

Associate director Tony Colosimo lead the singers through a thorough warm up session this week and he included some exercises with arm and hand movements to strengthen sound production.

 

Artistic director Joe Cerutti welcomed the large number of members and guests to the meeting and the half dozen on Zoom.  It was good to see Ian Poulin, Reed Livergood and Brad Jones.  Joe also thanked the men for their willingness to be so flexible such as in the change of dates for the holiday performances and even in the weekly meeting format at SRT

 

The changes in the plans for this year’s holiday show mean it will not be at Schlesinger but instead there will be show performances at the Scottish Rite Temple in DC (NOTE this is not the place where we rehearse each week) at 2 pm and 6 pm on Sunday, Dec. 5th.  It will be a one-act show lasting about one hour.  There will be complimentary valet parking for both shows thanks to our friend and former AH Inc. community board member, Paul Dolinsky. At this point the plan is for singers to wear masks.  Stay tuned for any restrictions for the audience.

 

Joe welcomed Paul and Jeff Holt from the DC SRT with us this week to hear the progress on the holiday show music.

 

Joe also alerted members that the chorus will not wear the blue suits but will wear the colorful sweatshirts and white scarves, with black pants and shoes (specifics to be announced). Terry Reynolds is working to confirm which singers need any of the clothing items for the show.

 

There is also the likelihood that we will do a show performance someplace in the City of Alexandria such as at Market Square or a Mall or other venue on Saturday Dec. 12th.  Dean Rust is working to obtain clearances needed for outdoor performances.  Joe thinks we might combine a performance at Market Square with caroling/strolling down King Street.

 

Since everyone was in one room at this point during the meeting, the business session was held before the singing.  Executive director Randall Eliason announced that the Operations Team is planning to re-establish the working teams for the various operations that make the chapter run.  He will circulate info about this soon.

 

He also shared with YeEd that the incoming board for 2022 held an orientation session over the past weekend at the Harmo House.  It was a great success and allowed the new community board members to learn more about the chapter and for the barbershoppers on the board to get a feel for how the board can function.

 

Bruce Reahm, current president of the AH Inc. board, announced the launch of a “Giving Tuesday” fund raising campaign for the chapter.  Stay tuned.

 

BHS Chapter president Stan Quick announced that the Mid Atlantic District (M-AD) has inducted our own, Joe Cerutti, into the M-AD Hall of Honor in recognition for his work, contributions and support of the M-AD.  Joe is the 25th Harmonizer to be inducted into the Hall of Honor in our district.

 

Finally, membership director Jacob Broude welcome two singer guests this week – Jacob Fry and Andrew Wu.  Both guests made it to the afterglow and enjoyed some tag singing with members. The chorus sang the welcome song this week with Terry directing.  Good to do that again as part of our chapter meeting.

 

After all these show announcements, Joe worked on holiday music starting with “White Christmas.” Part of the room rotation included letting the half-chorus groups work on their songs for the show, as well as for some VLQ groups to work on their songs.

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be at 7 pm on Nov. 16th, 2021 at Scottish Rite   Temple on Braddock Rd. in Alexandria and will likely be a hybrid meeting again. 

 

The second BirthdayGlow will be held at Harmo House after chapter meeting to celebrate all the November birthdays.  Hope you can join in the fun.

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 73rd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Looking Back on the Nov. 2nd 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the Nov. 2nd 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 

This week the Harmonizers meeting was entirely inside the Scottish Rite Temple and the chorus rotated between the auditorium and the cafeteria.  There were over 20 guys on Zoom too since some of them are likely quarantining. 

 

After the warm up session conducted by associate director Tony Colosimo, artistic director Joe Cerutti welcome everyone to the meeting including some guys we have not seen in a while including Tyler Carpenter, Sam McFarland and Scott Beach.  

 

Joe also had some important announcements about changes in the plans for this year’s holiday show.  It will not be at Schlesinger but instead there will be show performances at the Scottish Rite Temple in DC (NOTE this is not the place where we rehearse each week) at 2 pm and 6 pm on Sunday, Dec. 5th.  It will be a one-act show lasting about one hour.  There will be complimentary valet parking for both shows thanks to our friend and former AH Inc. community board member, Paul Dolinsky. At this point the plan is for singers to wear masks.  Stay tuned for any restrictions for the audience.

 

This change in location was prompted because of restrictions being imposed at Schlesinger which is a state owned property.

 

Joe also alerted members that the chorus will not wear the blue suits but will wear the colorful sweatshirts and white scarves, with black pants and shoes (specifics to be announced). 

 

There is also the likelihood that we might do a show performance someplace in the City of Alexandria such as at Market Square or a Mall or other venue during the holiday season.

 

After all these show announcements, Joe worked on holiday music, and recorded a tribute from the Harmonizers with “A Place on the Risers for You” for Sandy Ulibarri and her family in honor of former Harmonizer, Bob, who died in mid-October in Seaford, DE.

 

Past Harmonizer president Dwain Chambers also died in Oct. He and his wife Connie lived in the Dixie District of the BHS where he was past district president and a long-time contest administrator on judging panels for our Society.

 

During this week’s meeting the chorus moved a couple times from the auditorium to the cafeteria as part of our Covid protocol.

 

The rest of the night included a sing-through of all of the songs for the show including the two songs that will each be performed by a different half of the chorus – “Fa La La” and “Text Me Merry Christmas.”

 

There was a call for soloist auditions for the show this week with auditions conducted by Tony

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be at 7 pm on Nov. 9th, 2021 at Scottish Rite   Temple on Braddock Rd. in Alexandria and will likely be a hybrid meeting again.

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 for the great things going on each week during the 73rd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Looking Back on the Oct. 26th 2021 All Virtual Chapter Meeting

Looking Back on the Oct. 26th 2021 All Virtual Chapter Meeting

 

This week the Harmonizers meeting was totally virtual via Zoom since there was the chance some members might have been exposed during the memorial service many attended on Oct. 23rd.

 

Chapter leaders announced procedures for those who attended the event such as getting tested and reporting to the chapter leadership team.  Also there were instructions for quarantine too.

 

The meeting on the 26th was a typical virtual time with some warm up, announcements and sold work sessions on the holiday show music.

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 73rd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Looking Back on the Oct. 23rd 2021 Memorial Service for Sandy Stamps

 Looking Back on the Oct. 23rd 2021 Memorial Service for Sandy Stamps

 

On Saturday, October 23rd, a healthy Harmonizer contingent attended the “Celebration of the life of Sandra Stamps” at the United Methodist Church in Fairfax.  Prior to the service itself, all were treated to a wonderful video of pictures (and captions) of various aspects of Sandy’s life.  Appropriate musical selections accompanied the pictures that were projected on two jumbo screens high on the wall on either side of the altar.

The remembrance service brought together a number of former (and current) Harmonizers we’ve not seen for “years.”  Included were Peggy and Rick Wagner (from Hawaii), Kim and Ken Fess (from Texas), and Nancy and Dick Newton (from Connecticut), just to mention a few. 

The “order of remembrance” included three songs (“Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and “There Must Be a City”) performed up-front in the sanctuary.  It was special to see a number of former members of the performing chorus join the others in song.  The service was uplifting and, as the title suggested, it was clearly a celebration, despite the reason for the gathering.  Between the last two songs, Director Joe stated emphatically and made it perfectly clear that Sandy was as much a Harmonizer as any of the chapter members.

Two other musical groups participated in the service:  the large and talented Bellisimo Handbell Choir and the Fairfax United Methodist Church Chancel Choir.  The service included congregational singing of two hymns:  “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” and ”Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart” to powerful harmonizing voices and strong and vibrant organ accompaniment that was punctuated occasionally with some mighty brass “announcements.”  Family reminiscences were brief, fun, thoughtful, informative, well-conceived and well done.  Mick took the opportunity to introduce many of the service events.

Following the service, all in attendance were invited to a reception on the lower floor and outside under a tent in the courtyard.  A wonderful extensive spread of small, prepared sandwiches and other tasty snacks, cookies, lemonade, ice-tea, and a jigger or two of “Moxie” (which is sort of a cousin to Dr. Pepper, et al).  The large fellowship hall offered the milling crowd a great opportunity to greet old friends and get caught up on their lives after an absence of nearly two years.  Moving to the courtyard allowed folks to eat, drink, and meet around small stand-up tables – fortunately, the weather cooperated and added to the celebration.  Those who signed the guest book were invited to select a bottle of wine from the Barrel Oak Winery (where Sandy and Mick had a history of service); each bottle bore a bottle-neck-hanger with a picture of Sandy and the tagline  “Bottled With Love.”

Included in the bulletin was the following summary of Sandra Stamps’ life:

“Sandra Stamps, beloved wife and mother, passed peacefully from this world at the age of 75 on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

“Born to parents Rachel and Burton Bates, she married her husband Floyd (Mick) Stamps in 1977.  With her generous heart, Sandy taught preschool while growing her own family with her step-children, Erik and Amy, and her son, Sean.

“Sandra graduated from Strayer University with a degree in accounting and worked for many years as the first female property damage claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance.

“Full of “Moxie” (a favorite soda of hers from her dear second home of New Hampshire), Sandy was fun-loving and passionate about music and entertaining.  She could often be found performing with her church choir and English handbell ensemble or supporting the Alexandria Harmonizers with her love of a capella music.  But Sandy was equally at home backstage on L.A.’s Sunset Strip (often to the feigned embarrassment of her son).  She was known for her quick wit, compassion, and constant malapropisms.

“Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Rachel and Burton.  She is survived by her husband Floyd, her children Erik, Amy, and Sean, her brothers Tom and David, her grandchildren Sophia and Colin, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.”

 

Written by Alan Wile, forwarded by Jack Pitzer, submitted by Joe Cerutti

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 73rd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)

 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Looking Back on the Oct. 19th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 Looking Back on the Oct. 19th 2021 Hybrid Chapter Meeting

 

This week the Harmonizers began their meeting outside on the front steps of the Scottish Rite Temple.  The fall weather was a little cool for some, but the chorus sang well all night.

 

The warm up session this week was conducted by assistant director emeritus Will Cox. It got everyone excited about singing together this week.

 

When artistic director Joe Cerutti took the reins he welcomed some guests with us this week including David Breen, Jared Liscinsky, Liz Birnbaum, and Josh Hershkowitz who is a friend of Michael Berkson. Also this week Rick Wagner and Dick and Nancy Newton were with us in advance of the service for Sandy Stamps.

 

Joe also shared that this week there would be a Birthday Glow at the Harmo House after the meeting in honor of all of the October birthdays in the chorus: Ashford, Gerzof, Berkey, Pinto, Buechler, Schwartz, Grimes, Pitzer, B. Colosimo, J. Smith, Kujawa, and J. Greene

 

There were sectionals to start off the night in various parts of the building to work on some more of the holiday music. Brian Ammerman worked with the tenors, Ben Watsky and Tessa Walker worked with the leads, Joe worked with the baritones, and Ryan Mextorf worked with the basses. All sections worked on the tongue twister words for “Trim Up the Tree’ first and then worked on “Joy to the World.” 

 

During these sessions there was an effort made to gather uniform info from guys regarding the colorful sweatshirts we wear for the holiday show.  It was especially an effort to find out who did not have a shirt from the past.

 

The full chorus reassembled outside to sing thru the songs for the Remembrance Service for Sandy Stamps which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23 at 11am at the Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave, Fairfax VA. Any members of the Harmonizer family will be invited to sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and “There Must Be A City”  during the celebration.

 

Then the chorus worked on two additional songs for the show with half of the singers assigned to each song – “Text Me Merry Christmas” and “Fa La La.”

 

Our next  Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be at 7 pm on Oct. 26th, 2021 at Scottish Rite   Temple on Braddock Rd. in Alexandria and will be a hybrid meeting again.

 

President Stan Quick shared the sad news of the passing of another Harmonizer, Bob Ulibarri, due to COVID.  Bobbecame ill in late September.  He was hospitalized on Sept 30 and passed on Oct 13.  He was fully vaccinated. His wife, Sandy, has provided the following email if you'd like to send words of encouragement and sympathy: rsulibarri@verizon.net

 

There was cake and pizza at the afterglow this week with a good crowd to celebrate the October birthdays.  A similar event is scheduled for every month.

 

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 for the great things going on each week during the 73rd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)