Season of Song

Neighbors create music for all to enjoy

November 12, 2005

Darker and longer are the days of November and December. It can be difficult in this season to avoid dwelling on the lack of light and loss of foliage, to pine for June flowers and August produce as we scrape the ice from our car windows.

But the glaze of frost also comes at a time when the glimmer of song fills the air in Hood River County.

This weekend brings an unofficial beginning to a growing tradition of holiday musical events in the community with a new and novel celebration, the well-named “Harmony Harvest” presented by the Hood River Valley Sweet Adelines on Saturday.

This inaugural regional talent show at Hood River Middle School will bring people together from around the region. It will be a unique opportunity to hear young voices from the Gorge compete for scholarship money, and to hear the latest from accomplished choruses made up of hard-working singers who are in it for the pure love of music.

Other local musical events that help bear out the community’s love of song include the musical “Seussical” on stage through Nov. 19 at Hood River Valley High School, the second annual Thanksgiving Hymn Sing Nov. 19 at Hood River Valley Christian Church, (see page A5), and Riverside Community Church’s annual holiday tradition, the Advent Concert Series starting Dec. 9. Look for new and familiar faces in the talent-rich Advent series. Plans are also afoot for the fourth annual Christmas tree singing festivities sponsored by the Heights Business Association. Hood River News will track these and other events throughout the next few weeks.

It’s a joy and a challenge to keep up with all that goes on, musically, among us.

The love of music and other young people’s educational pursuits is a key note to the “Brighter Futures” fundraiser and other ongoing financial support efforts by the Hood River Education Foundation, which will be featured in the Nov. 16 Kaleidoscope in this newspaper.

Between now and Christmas, take the time to smooth out your schedule and add brightness to your season by supporting the musical events in the Gorge.

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