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Thursday, May 31, 2018

At the Kendal

Some members of ERI,II,III and an alumni participated in the Annual Handbell concert of the Handbell group of Kendal on Hudson on May 30th, 2018.       The Kendal group was formed when our late Handbell Director Emeritus, Mrs. RoseMarie Wildman moved into this Senior Living Community in Tarrytown and kick started the group.          Eiko now conduct the group and on this day invited members of Emanuel Ringers to perform together with the Kendal group.
Although the audience was limited to the residents of the facility and limited in size, ER ringers were well appreciated by the audience and the ringers of Kendal group alike, judging from the comments heard at the conclusion of the program.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Young Ringers Festival 2017 Onondaga Community College

This year, the choir consists of members from the ERI, ERII and ERIII's (plus one adult!) 
June 28, 2017
We arrived safely at Onondaga Community College. Those who left from church ended up at a local place in Binghamton (Carolyn, Chloe's mom's hometown) called Sharkey's. We enjoyed meat sandwiches called Spiedies, (pork and chicken).

After lunch we arrived at the college and met up with the rest of our group. Dropped off our stuff in our dorms, and went straight the gym to set up for rehearsal. 

We are one of 6 choirs attending. Nick Hanson is our director. 

So by the end of the evening, the ringers attended rehearsals, solo concert, had dinner, and attended 2 workshops. Workshops were Getting crafty, making tie dye gloves and picture frames. The ringers and chaperones also made cards that will be handed out to recipients of Meals on Wheels in the Syracuse area. The group split up for the next set of classes, either to Technique games, reinforcing of bell techniques, or cup game and speed stacking. 

Day 2 Young Ringers Festival - 

Maori Sticks Workshop, rehearsals, Lunch(yes they were fed), ball time, concert by the Walsh Memorial Bell Choir, more rehearsals, snacks, more workshops, ice cream time and the cup stacking and cup game competition.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Whistler Day 11: Final Performance, Mountain Highs, Birthday Surprise

Today we performed at the Fairmont Chateau in Whistler at noon. This concert was a bit of a smaller turnout but it was a little bit sad as we said goodbye to Jake and Chris. Jake is going to college this fall and it was his last concert and Chris is retiring this year. 

 Afterwards we went up Mount Whistler on a gondola. We then did the peak to peak gondola to gondola which was 4.4 kilometers unsupported over a valley 1000+ feet below. 

After getting down the mountain mostly calm we went and got Canadian  pizza. The difference? There wasn't much but it was good. Is there anything else I'm forgetting? Oh right! It's my birthday, as of now it seems everyone else is scheming to do something at dinner right now.


We started the day off with a breakfast at the hotel, then met up in the lobby to quickly go over some musical notes (no pun intended.) Anyways, we headed up to the nearby hotel for our final performance of the tour. After a quick "knuckle-through" of the pieces, we gave a wonderful performance for the people who happened to stop by. I honestly thought this was my favorite performance of the trip, and it was a great way for me to end my handball career (for now at least.)

Afterwards, we went out on our own for lunch. I spend my afternoon at a wonderful bakery called Hot Buns (not my first choice for a name, but whatever) and had a delicious crepe with some of the other members of the choir. The tome had then come to face my fear of heights once again; we were headed up the nearby Whistler mountain in a very rickety gondola headed up the mountain. Once again I was forced to stare my fear in the eyes, and once more I came out on top. At the top, the view was gorgeous. Snow capped peaks and amazing vistas distracted my from the thought "Oh my God I'm gonna fall any minute now." But the worst was yet to come. Just like the Capilano suspension bridge (which I ALSO blogged about, coincidentally), we attended another high-flying view: the Peak 2 Peek railcar experience.

This railcar ran between the top of the maintain and a nearby peak, giving a beautiful view of the valley below while the car goes at a speed of about 25 feet/sec. I swear, I'm cursed with all the days with high oriented attractions to take pictures of. Anyways, once we arrived at the base of the mountain, we headed to the hotel for a quick power nap, then headed to the Brewhouse, a nearby restaurant. There, we were treated to endless pizza and soda while we celebrated the birthday of someone in our choir (hint: he's also doing the blog for today. Fancy that!)

Finally, we returned to the hotel to prepare to leave tomorrow. All on all, it was a very good way to round out the trip, and although I love it here in Canada, I do miss home. So, see you later, friends and fans.