Don't know about you, but I'm not ready to think about Christmas...shopping, that is.
But it is time to think about Christmas concert performances, and the community Christmas choir is beginning practices.
Last year we had one person, Debora Jennings, the director, at the first rehearsal and ended up with about 20 members by the time we performed just weeks before Christmas.
We had three turn out at our first rehearsal this past Sunday. So I guess the good news is we are ahead of the first practice from a year ago. But we need about a dozen people, at least, to make the choir.
Our rehearsals are every Sunday at 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sunnyside, at Fourth and Edison.
We're planning traditional Christmas favorites, as well as some centuries-old Celtic Christmas songs.
I'm not that great of a singer, but I'm giving it a try again this year, and I hope you and/or your choir group can join us.
We had something like 100 people at our concert last year and the acoustics of the church actually made us sound pretty good. And the accompanying scriptures read aloud by local pastors helped even more in re-telling the Nativity story.
The choir came about as a way to have a public Christmas concert performance, free of commercialism, free of Dr. Seuss, Santa and even Shrek that seem to fill most "holiday" concerts in the public arena.
Hope to see (and hear) you at rehearsal soon!