It's nine months before Christmas 2006, but an organizational meeting has been set-a musical meeting of the minds, if you will-to determine interest in forming a community Christmas choir.
To review, a column I wrote last December suggested the formation of a community choir to provide a free, public Christmas program celebrating the birth of Christ in song and verse, as well as performing traditional holiday standards.
That was in response to what seemed, at least to me, a dearth of any songs remotely related to Christmas as performed in the local school programs this past winter.
There was interest expressed by some readers in following up on the idea of a community group.
So, I contacted the Sunnyside Library and reserved the meeting room there for Thursday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m.
By the way, if you've been in the library meeting room you'll know it's kind of modest in size. I figured that way if it's just me and my shadow that show up the room won't seem so large.
If the turnout on April 20 is standing room only we can always come up with a larger area for the next meeting.
As I've noted before, the thought is to have a group open to any who wish to sing, or play a musical instrument.
The get together at the Library meeting room won't be about rehearsing, but just to see who's interested and available to sing, play or help guide a community choir.
The April 20 meeting won't last more than an hour, and is just a beginning towards-interest permitting-eventually arranging times and locations for practices and a performance.
So, Lower Valley, this is a chance to make a difference. An opportunity for making time to make a joyful noise this coming Christmas amidst the hubbub of shopping muzak and "winter" programs.
Hope to see you April 20.