Sunday, November 29, 2009

!!! SUCCESS !!!

PRAISE the LORD !!!!!!!
Tis over and t'was a success = the Camelot Choraleer Dessert Concert that is. Above are some pics. Sorry I didn't take many & Donna Holmes [ Camelot Choraleer "on leave' at the moment ] has not sent me her pics from last night yet. So for the time being these will have to do. I'll describe them as best I can. Click on pics for enlargements please.
Pic # 1 = BEFORE any one arrived, as we were beginning the vocal warm-ups & run-through of some songs. From the right side: Amberly Morton, Louise Jordon, Donette Shelley, Noelle DeTine,,, and I can't see the rest.
Pic # 2 = Also BEFORE the concert,,, from left to right this time: Amberly Morton, Rick Chilson, Ray DeTine, Mike Feldbauer, Lee Shelley, Dottie Graham and Gary Johnson.
Pic # 3 = The BEAUTIFUL cake made for us by LINDA'S CAKES of Hinsdale (?) It is a partial replica of the poster that advertised this event. Isn't it grand ?
Pic # 4 = Connie Biele from Angelica leading the children as well as everyone else in a song entitled "Christmas is Paintin' the Town".
I should have more pics if Donna remembers to E-mail them to me. In the meantime, it was a super-great success and hereby deserves its own address on "Camelot Choraler Memory Lane". I am soon off to another rehearsal, this one for St. Philip's Episcopal Church Christmas Choir. And so it goes...... KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEART !!!!!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Final Rehearsal Pics,,,,,

Some pics from last night's rehearsal for tonight's DESSERT CONCERT. It's interesting that this blog posts the prints in the opposite order that I loaded them. Oh well.......
Pic 1 ] Connie Lewis hiding her face in back row, sitting beside the barely seen Meredith Chilson
and on the right in back row as we look at photo, Debbie Hunter. In the front row in the
baby blue top is Noelle DeTine.
Pic 2 ] Connie Biele leading the song "Christmas is Paintin' the Town".
Pic 3 ] The DeTine Family singing John Lennon's "Happy Christmas/War is Over".
Ray [the Dad], Zach [ the son in college] Noelle [the Mom] & Aidan [8th grade ]
Pic 4 ] Louise Jordan with her Mother at the piano as Louise sings "T'was the Night Before
Christmas". Turning pages for her Grandmother, is Louise's daughter Amberly Morton.
This means there are 3 generations in this one picture.
If a not so good rehearsal is indicative of an excellent performance, we should be golden tonight.
Let's hope so. Prayers appreciated. And as always folks ,,,,,,,

Friday, November 27, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009
Amity Rescue Squad Building
$5.00 per person OR $20. per Family [ 2 adults & children ]
Pre-Sale tickets from any Choraleer OR Tickets available at the door
This event funded in part by
The New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program
administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.
Obviously I have been a wee bit busy preparing for this concert, therefore I haven't updated as of late, please forgive. I MIGHT have some pics to upload to this blog after tonight's final rehearsal for this event. Stay tuned ,,, in the meantime ...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

More from Pre-Show on Sunday 11/15

Just a couple more pics of before the final Arsenic & Old Lace performance...


Mostly pics for now ---

Have a MAJOR Camelot Choraleer rehearsal tonight, so not much time to write for now, but I will post a couple of pics. I think I'll post some of BEFORE the final production on Sunday last, of various cast and crew. Not time for explanation now, maybe later. Click on pic for larger image!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It is finished ,,,ALmost !

Exhausted here. Will write more AND post some pics Monday or Tuesday. For now suffice it to say that it was a success. The actors & actresses AND crew were spectacular. I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
Later ,,,,, soooooooo tired !

Thursday, November 12, 2009

T-minue 1 day & counting ...

Thank you all that have been following this Blog & writing me. It really IS the best way to keep up-to-date on the current developments.
Was up until a little after 2:00am this morning & up for good around 6:30am. I was awake much before that, but just tossed & turned.
I'm designing the Program today, always a bit of a trial as I am deathly afraid of leaving someone out of it, which of course I always manage to do anyway. "Don't worry, be happy!" MJ is at GVCS currently, then running some other errands, and of course we STILL need some furniture for the Set, as well as completing the Set, and,,,,,,,,,
I was wondering this morning if "kindness" is hereditary ? I have a young man that came on board recently as Stage Manager/Sound guy for Arsenic & Old Lace at GVCS. I grew up with some of his Aunts & Uncles, in fact his Dad was the youngest brother in that fantastic family. This young mans name is Alex Presutti, his Dad being Alan [ mom Sherri Ross Presutti ]. It has taken me a good week or so to actually call this "kid" by his correct name instead of his Dad's name. He is very accepting of my forgetfulness & simply laughs it off. My thought is: I've known Alex's paternal family for many decades & his maternal family for a couple of decades. Alex is kind, polite, respectful, caring, courteous & responsible,,, among many other wonderful attributes. Now I know that this is most probably from his terrific rearing by his parents, but it does give cause for wonderment. IF indeed such qualities as kindness COULD be passed on from generation to generation, this young man would be EXACTLY the way he is due to the gene pool from both families. Alas, I realize that if kindness could be passed on from generation to generation, then the opposite could also be a that we wouldn't want to even imagine. But it sure would be nice if we had & could locate a "kindness gene" & thereby pass it on to those who might need an extra "boost". This morning I would start with the gene pool that Alex has. His very presence in this A&OL project has reminded me what super-great folks we have here, nestled in the hills of Allegany County, NY. Not a bad reminder to start ones day. Thank you for that thought God.... and for Alex,,, oh & thanks "L'il Al and Sherri" too.
Keep A Song In Your Heart !!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

T-minus 2 days & counting

We were able to hold rehearsals today [ Thank you Mr. Wilson ] even though there was no school in session. Last night's rehearsal [ Tuesday night ] was the first time we have went clear through the entire ARSENIC & OLD LACE from beginning to end. I don't recall ever having been this close to production w/o having gone through the entire play. We were able to do it last night, but not this afternoon. Too much "stuff" going on before we could even begin today. Plus we were absent out "Dr. Einstein" [played by Dathan Garfield ] which really kind of hurt us. Be that as it may, it was still an okay rehearsal today, with last night having been even better.

The Director is getting quite tired as are some of the actors. Well, not sure if they are truly tired or just "bored" at times. One forgets that with some teens, if they aren't the center of the universe or perpetually concentrated upon, they get "bored". Not all fit that description, but some seem to. Others are an almost endless stream of energy that never seems to stop. It the second type that inspire the Director, helping him remember "back in the day" when he acted in this same play,,, at approximately 1/3 the age he is now. Ah yes, under the guidance of one very talented Mr. Gary Nevinger @ Belmont Central School. Apparently that same "Mr. N." will be present for this Friday's production at GVCS of A&OL, making the current Director more than a little concerned. To please the master teacher should always be the students desire, regardless of age,,, and it certainly is in this case.

But as for now, there is still a paper Program to create for this weekend's performances, the same will need to be run off, there is an announcement for tomorrow morning at GVCS to write up & E-mail to the ever vigilant Penny Miller, along with a Set that is not quite completed, furniture to still be located, flowers to be ordered, and a continuing list of another 20-30 things to yet be done.

And so it goes with miles to go before we sleep. In the meantime, as always please remember:

Keep A Song In Your Heart !

P.S. Will try to attach a couple of more pics to this Blog entry of 2 or 3 cast members just "clowning around" [ Yep. Put up Brad Palmer & then one of Dathan Garfield & Chas James.]

Monday, November 9, 2009

O boy !

I will hopefully have a couple of PICS on top of this blog entry, of the SET rising from the stage at GVCS. It is further along than you will see in these pics [ PICS compliments of Mr. Chaz James, a Senior at GVCS who is playing the role of Jonathan Brewster = thanks CHAZ ! ] Click on pics for a larger view.

The " O Boy " at the heading of this entry is due to the fact that one of the cast is home sick with a temp. of 101 degree's & another one of the cast went home from school after he vomited at GVCS. And of course beloved basketball practice starts tonight, but we are trying to work around that one. I was doing great UNTIL the BB practice challenge, now things are still okay, but a wee bit more stressed.

As I told my [ vomiting ] cast member who called to let me know he can't be at rehearsal tonight [ school rule = even if he feels better he's not allowed to come to any extra curricular activities. Do these people not REALIZE that it is PRODUCTION week ??? ] ,,, as I told that cast member,,, at least today is Monday: better now than Friday !

Remember Gregory ,,, Keep A Song in Your Heart !!!!!!!

T-minus 5 days ...

This IS "production week" for Arsenic & Old Lace at Genesee Valley Central School. We held rehearsal yesterday [ yes Sunday ] at 3:00pm. Our Set Designers [ read= & builders] were working through-out the rehearsal, but the cast/crew still managed to do a decent job of rehearsing.

Immediately following A&OL rehearsal @ GVCS we had Camelot Choraleer rehearsal held currently at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, in fact we were a bit late for that rehearsal. The CC's managed to get into the church [ perhaps due to the sexton's next door as DeTines were out of town ] and thanks to Louise Jordan, were vocally warmed up when we arrived. That rehearsal also, thankfully, went well. By the time we arrived home a little before 9:00pm I'd conducted nearly 6 hours of rehearsals and was dragging . There were a couple of glitches as we went from one rehearsal to the next, but all is well now .

Production week for any play, musical or show is always c-r-a-z-y , this one should be no different. And yet one manages to forget that in the midst of hecticness & hubbub of it all, it WILL all come together [ for better or for worse - and it's the last one of those that always drives me to distraction ! ] . I am hoping to remember this week the funny moments along this journey, and with this cast there have been many . If the photo shows up as it should ABOVE, you will see Emma Dodd [ a Senior @ GVCS ] and Paige Demick [ a Junior @ GVCS ] "dressing up" one Friday night at rehearsal,,,in a manner that had nothing to do with this production. There are other pics like this which I might post in the coming days ,,, just to remember and to smile and to r-e-l-a-x .

But for now I'd best get hoppin'. So much to do, so little time. Did I forget to mention that with everything else going on this production week, I also have to memorize lines ? Yep, I could find no one to perform poor Trevor's role of Lt. Rooney, so yours truly will be doing so. [ Thank GOD that Aidan DeTine is going to play the part of Mr. Gibbs for us. Thank you Double A ! ] So if you believe in prayer as I do, now would be a GREAT time to offer up a few...hundred!

Till we meet again, you're in my prayers [ as I hope I am in yours ] and remember,,,,,,, KEEP A SONG IN YOUR HEART !

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

! HEART ! Keep a song in your,,,,,

I was just reminded by my "Dear-O"* Connie that today is the 7 year anniversary of "the heart attack". [ A minor blip on the wide-screen version of my life ] I really had forgotten it this year, but t'is not a bad thing to keep in mind how GOOD GOD is,,,and how delicate this thing called life is. Thanks for the reminder Connie,,and thanks for being there then ,,,,, as well as every day thereafter. You too Sarb.
God is good all the time, All the time God is Good !
* A "Dear-O" to me is a Dear Old family member or friend who has stood the test of time, knows how horrid I can be, yet sticks in there none-the-less. Either a true Saint or one who needs their head examined. My life is blessed to have many of them = each one precious to be sure!

More Understanding

Good Morning Friends,
Most of you who read this Blog already know that the two pics in today's entry are the same person, just at different sizes. One too large, the other [some would say ] too small. I am well acquainted with the individual pictured here. He has struggled with his w8 since around age 15, sometimes winning, sometimes not. When he was headed towards his "biggest",,, people would poke him in his stomach & ask "When's it due?" as if he were pregnant. When he was much smaller they would state "You don't look well, are you okay?" [ Ironically, some of the same people would pose both questions.] He has stated for decades that those who struggle with their weight on earth, will be thin & handsome [ or beautiful ] in heaven....And those who can eat whatever they so desire on earth & never gain an ounce ,,, would be naked, fat cherubs for all eternity! He did this so that he would simply smile at the earthly "skinnies" & not want to hurt them [quite so much].
Dealing with the struggles of being over-weight is a constant battle. Those who have waged these battles over the years have been led to all kinds of thoughts or actions. Some try to ignore the mean & hurtful things said about or to them. Others have become so over-whelmed by it all, that they rarely go out in public anymore, it's just too hurtful. If they do venture out it is almost always to somewhere NON-local. It's easier you see, to be mocked by people you don't actually know, then those you thought would never say such things. Then again, if it's people you're aquainted with that see you,,,you can see the shock in their faces when they realize that "big" person is actually you. And you know what they're thinking " How did s/he allow THAT to happen ?" Naw, it's just easier to go far away if one must get out of the house for a while. The pain of running into someone you know..... is just too much of a risk. Even the truly well-meaning family or friends can be "too much" if one is not ready to attempt to deal with the situation,,,again. [ Like they think you haven't tried, or tried hard enough, or tried long enough . ]
The guy pictured above having "been there" is trying to also realize that he needs to accept even the "earthly skinnies". We all have our crosses to carry, we all have been talked about, we all have been mocked for something it seems. Unfortunately we have a [ horrid ] tendency to seek out the flaws in others to increase our own self worth. Someone once said " They are trying to whitewash themselves by blackening others". True. Sad, but true.
Due to that guy pictured above, my thoughts & prayers today are going out to those who have struggled in any way with their w8. And also that ALL of us might try to be just a wee bit more understanding of one another. I do this because that guy pictured above asked me to do so,,,, I do this for me.
Have a Wonderful Wednesday & Keep A Song in Your Heart.
P.S. Comments welcome.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Have you ever tried to keep track of your blessings in just one 24 hour period? I have & it is VERY difficult due to the sheer multitude of them. Perhaps it takes being "aware" of them to actually "notice" them all, but I would be hard pressed [ read=find it impossible ] to list even the ones just from this day that's only five+ hours old.
The fact that I was able to get out of bed this morning when so many are bed ridden. Or that I could make my own coffee [ ahhh, coffee in itself is a blessing to me ], and be greeted by my trusting companion Taylor and his ever wagging tail. The sunshine outside and the SON-shining in my heart, the friends & family that have touched based with me today, the devotional reading that reminded me of my brother Doug this morning [ who is waiting on the heavenly side for us ], the power of the Internet & the folks it brings right into my office, MUSIC [ a blessing category ALL it's own! ].The blessings go on and on and on in an endless procession before my eyes. Every day, every hour, every minute this parade of blessings marches on. And the music that the "Blessing Band" is playing is... "God is Good all the time ~ All the time God is Good." And all His children are yelling from the sidelines........ A-M-E-N and A-M-E-N !!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wellllllll,,,,, heck !

I decided to check this blog one more time before I went to bed to read and lo & behold I have real, live, actual "followers" !!! Talk about feeling "pregnant". What a rush, kind of like Sally Field ... " You like me, you really like me!" [ Or of course they don't & are waiting for a slip-up of some kind, which with me might not be that long of a wait! ] Either way, how cool is that ? Thank you Little Ms. Red-Heart, Gladys & Linny-Sue ,,, you have made my day ! Till the morrow & we meet once again.....God Bless.
This is the cast from Genesee Valley Central School's upcoming production of ARSENIC and OLD LACE --- NOV.13,14 & 15, 2009. [ Further details to follow as the time nears.]
They are a GREAT cast, although at the moment their Director is wondering a wee bit if indeed they WILL pull this off w/o giving him some type of seizures or something.
One of the cast, the young man in the back row, upper left, suffered an injury in a soccer game & will not be able to perform his role[s]. He is a super-great young man & added so much to each & every rehearsal. However, with his knee surgery scheduled for Nov.10th, there is no way he would be able to make the production in good enough shape. We will miss you Trevor Burt, but you were and will remain the REAL "Mr. Gibbs AND Lt.Rooney" Our prayers are with you Buddy!

11/1/09 - Part II

It's post-church @ St. Philip's Episcopal & I want to add a note before the rest of the day takes over. Sermon today was interesting [that is not of note, as it usually is ] but today Rev.Peter Bryant was talking about Lazarus & change in our lives, etc. Peter made mention of how some of our fellow Episcopalians are changing their churches in many ways including physically: i.e. taking out pews & putting in chairs, etc. Good heavens, by the looks on some of the faces at today's Service you would have thought that Peter was suggesting that some Episcopalians were now attending Services in the buff or something. Actually no changes were suggested whatsoever for us as it were,,, it was just something Peter used to stress the involvement of or perhaps the importance of, "change" in our lives.
We humans really do not like change, do we? I am no exception to that rule, especially the older God allows me to become. But if change is life or growth, then to refuse to change is ,,, what exactly ??? Now that's food for thought.
Lord, help me to see when change is necessary in my life. And also help me to realize that if I refuse to change when needed, I am perhaps missing out on some of life's greatest moments, gifts and/or challenges.
Oh and thanks Lord,,, for Rev. Peter & his bringing this to my mind today.

"The LORD is my strength & SONG, & is become my salvation." Psalms 118:14

Keep a song in your heart ..... By looking at the title of this blog entry hopefully you can see why this blog has the title that it does.. Have been using this old phrase for quite some time [ "since Hester was a pup..." as my sister-in-law Joyce would say ]and it seemed appropriate for my blog title.

Why the blog? Expression perhaps. Used to keep a journal for 15-20 years, then life took over & the writing of the same fell by the wayside for the most part. Now the "journal" that is kept is mainly for recording food intake, exercise & current weight. [ One of the other obsessions of life ].

Where this leads, only God knows. " I don't know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future" someone has wisely stated & t'is true. That being said,,, "Come walk with me..." [ another phrase used often around here ] & together we shall see where this journey takes us.

A huge THANKS to all who spoke up concerning yesterday's KASIYH Blog post. I admire each and every one of you. * * * ...