An August to remember
What an amazing month! Three fabulous concerts and a very special Sunday service.
The children’s musical, Old Testament Fast Forward, was a big hit at this year’s Arts and Music Festival. Music camp directors Tasha and Caitlin outdid themselves working with over two dozen youngsters to create a polished performance in only a week.
Many of the children attended previous camps and the crew consists of former music camp kids now in junior high and high school. All had a wonderful time while learning valuable life skills such as team building, mentoring and goal setting. The camp remains tuition free thanks to the Trinity Chamber Series produced by Lucy Williams.
Saturday, August 23 was the fifth performance of the Gospel Boys, an offshoot of the Vancouver Welshmen’s Choir. The church was packed and many attendees found themselves quietly singing along with the loved old tunes. All had a good time.
The following afternoon bought us Esther Rosenthal and Friends and another packed house. Point Roberts resident Esther Rosenthal is a life-long musician with professional credits that include performances in New York, Los Angeles and Europe. She is also an arranger, again with many professional credits including a series of duets for 18th century music published by G. Schirmer and Company of New York.
The concert was a year in the making and featured 16 musicians performing duets, trios and ensembles arranged by Esther, who performed in many of these ensembles and provided excellent commentary on the pieces.
The program closed with Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from the Serenade in C for Strings played by an ensemble of local musicians directed by Marilyn Turner. Esther’s arrangement includes a vocal line featuring a beautiful love poem written by her husband Henry and sung by her daughter Deborah Mayhan. Deborah is a featured soprano with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Following a standing ovation, Deborah’s husband, tenor Gabriel Reoyo-Pazos, a member of the Los Angeles Opera ensemble provided an encore. This amazing afternoon of classical music was followed by a lovely reception catered by Brewster’s Fine Foods.
Our pastor emeritus Ernie Loreen preached in a special service this last Sunday for the first time in a number of years. His message was beautiful and timely. It was a joy to be there. Saturday he and his lovely wife Lola celebrated 64 years of marriage and they are still in love. They live in a way that shows us peace is possible.
The days are growing shorter and soon fall will be here. What a great summer we have had and are continuing to enjoy. You still have time to sit on the beach, watch a Point Roberts summer sunset, have a picnic at Lighthouse Park, or go swimming in Boundary Bay. The library has a big book sale planned for this coming weekend, the last Community Market is this Saturday and the Community Garage Sale is Sunday. It’s our bit of paradise, so help us keep the party going.