There are few things that bring people and communities together better than music and last night’s Christmas Cantata at Knox Presbyterian Church in Westport was a shining example. A strong choir of 35 singers drawn from all over North Crosby, the St Edward’s Childrens Choir, a “soulful” quartet from Elgin and the magical sounds from the flute, combined together to make a Christmas concert to remember.
Thank you to everyone for your efforts the past several months. It was evident from the smiles on the faces of the audience and the standing ovation that you had spent your time well.
Special thanks to Choir Director Joanne Lambert and Pianist Ann Savage. In a very short time you turned 35 individual singers into a well oiled machine. Well done!
St. Edward Church Choir and St. Columbanus Church (Elgin) have just released a new Christmas CD, O Come Let Us Adore Him. I am enjoying listening to the beautiful voices and wonderful harmonies sung to many treasured Christmas songs and some I haven’t heard in years. Well done to all involved and a shout out to Fr. Louis Di Rocco for his inspiration and love of music.
Tonight’s “Hop and Shop” was a wonderful event. Despite the rain, the Village was “hopping” as people were “shopping”. Lots of stores stayed open and the business owners I spoke to said it was a positive event for them. It takes lots of people to make something like this happen, but a huge shout out to Cynthia Pringle and Martha Kudrinko. Great leadership, ladies.
The Judges from the Westport Arts Council were out tonight, spending time in front of 18 businesses that had entered the “Windows of Distinction” competition. Yes, there is a winner – but you will have to wait until tomorrow when the announcement is made during the parade.
The excitement for tomorrow’s Santa Claus Parade, hosted by the Westport Lions Club, continues to build. The weather looks sunny and it should be a perfect day to join in or watch the parade. Many volunteers have spent time getting floats ready, practicing with their music and getting their costumes made. Come and join in the fun. It all begins at 2:00 p.m.
When the parade is over, the choirs from the Westport churches will be moving throughout the downtown singing Christmas Carols. Please sing along. The day’s Christmas fun finishes at 5:00 p.m. at the Museum, with the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Town Hall Councillors will be serving hot apple cider across the street from the museum.
Let there be no doubt, the Christmas spirit is alive and well in our Village.
You may dispose of clean leaves and yard waste on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015. Please pack loosely in brown leaf bags and leave at the curb for pickup.