Friends of Wesley and St James
was an exciting weekend! I did a small wedding, my first bilingual one,
on Saturday. Tara Small, one of our Wesley young people, got married that
day too- a busy weekend for Lynn Small [mother] and Jean Flewelling
whom many of you know well! Two more weddings are recorded
in our Wesley register, with at least 2 more to come shortly. Last
night, I was going over wedding details for the first of two weddings scheduled
at Scotch Ridge. Romance is in the air this year- there were several
other weddings at the Algonquin this weekend, and the bride I met with last
night reported that she’s already been at several weddings this summer.
That means many busy families, many house guests, many very busy beauty salons,
and much festivity all around!
was our big Celebration of Music and it was indeed big! We had to get up
extra chairs, and we figure there were at least 100 in the congregation, plus
the 16 students and I think 4 choir members, up on stage, plus three wonderful
pianists, Jean plus the two collaborative pianists accompanying the
was thrilled to see 8 St James people along with many of our Wesley
community – plus many more from the wider community: music lovers, family
and friends of the singers, and of course Wendy Nielsen and the other Vocal
Techniques Faculty, We even had several visitors who were looking for a
service in town with a visiting choir. They never found the choir- so
they ended up back with us and said they were glad they had!
who wouldn’t have been glad! I’ve probably said this every year- but this
year felt like the best yet. Such an abundant feast of anything
from opera oratorios in Italian, French and Czech, to art songs in French,
German, Italian, Czech and English, to sacred music, including a spiritual
! It would have been perfect for anyone who thought they didn’t like
classical music, as well as for any of us who’re already hooked.
Each singer brought energy, enthusiasm and expression to her/his
offering. They didn’t just make beautiful sounds- they told a
story! When performers love what they sing, we’re sure to love it
young visitors had helped set up the stage, and helped take it down, and some
had even helped someone take their summer sale offerings downstairs last
week. Many of us enjoyed chatting to them and learning more about
them and their music. They’re an inspiration!
sure you’ve noticed I’ve never taken holidays when the Celebration of Music is
on. I think I love it even more than Christmas Eve. We know what’s coming
Christmas Eve. But the Celebration varies from year to year-
different students, different music. As soon as I know who’s
performing what, I’ve had the fun of arranging the programme as well as
preparing programme notes.
things drew me to Wesley 9 years ago- and one was the promise of wonderful
music- a gift that keeps giving, and a gift that I’m happy you all can enjoy
year after year!
are more lovely music events to come – some mentioned in our coming
events. Next Tuesday, you can join in a celebration of early harvest.
Next Friday and Saturday you can feast your eyes too, at the quilt show.
And soon, our Wesley labyrinth reopens. And soon, we’ll be
blessing Lorie’s outdoor labyrinth at Oak Hill. We have much to look
forward to. Stay tuned!
to all and I hope to see you soon!