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Sunday, November 19, 2023

A Day of Thanksgiving

It was a day filled with music and other good stuff.

The bell choir played a very nice arrangement of "Our Great Redeemer Praise." The treble part was pretty hard, but the performance went really well. However, I don't have a video of that. Sorry.

What I do have is a video of the choir singing "Simple Gifts." You will recognize that it's the same tune as "Lord of the Dance." However, the song comes from the Shaker heritage, written in the mid 1800s. However, the tune was used by Aaron Copeland in "Appalachian Spring," which made it more familiar to the general public.

As part of the service the church said thanks to Becky Sopha who has been part of the music ministry for 40 years. Becky's influence goes far beyond this church. She directs the choir that does Christmas and patriotic concerts that I've shared with you over the years. She plays organ/piano at the church, directs the choir (although in the video above, she is playing the organ and Lew is directing), sometimes sings, and is a member of the handbell choir. She gives lessons, and a lot of young people have come to love music because of her.

There were 100 carnations in a bucket and everyone who wanted to was allowed to come forward and give one to her.
woman receiving carnations

Here are Carleen (our bell choir director) and Becky exchanging a hug with the carnation.
women hugging

There was a little reception afterwards for her as well. So deserved!

Then Omer and I went to Scottville where Thanksgiving meals were being served to Seniors at the high school. This was small-town perfection. The Senior Center, Mason County Central Schools, Scottville Downtown Development Authority, and Scottville Optimist Club sponsored it. The Girl Scouts helped as hostesses to clear tables and serve drinks.
community dinner

They had live music from a local band. What fun! Mostly polkas and waltzes. (Notice the accordion)
small live band

And people liked that! Notice there are even two couples dancing! The Scouts danced from time to time also- nothing organized, just kids being spontaneous- holding hands and circling.
small town dinner and dance

After that, I walked home for my exercise, and haven't done much else. I wrote a few words, but I'm not even going to count it yet.

There is a picture of Becky directing the choir a few years ago in the link below. That concert was before I joined the bell choir.

See West Shore Choir


Ann said...

The choir sounds great. What a nice way to thank that woman for all she does.
Who doesn't love a Thanksgiving dinner made by someone else. That's a nice idea.

The Oceanside Animals said...

Lulu: "Ooh, I bet Mama and Dada would have done a waltz or two there! And possibly even a polka, depending on how much energy they had ..."

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- it was a great day!

Lulu- That would have been fun to watch. The dancers did not seem to have polka-energy