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Let’s Get Organized!

Greetings All With a mere 11 weeks to go before our surely stellar April 29th concert at Christ’s Church cathedral, we have some details to consider. As Oprah exhorts – let’s get organized! Hamilton Sings is your community organization and as such, relies entirely on the material largesse of your contributions in funds and/or fundraising activities to support its activities. The April concert is a source of considerable support and we need warm bodies to attend to the tasks involved: poster making, ticket sales, raffle basket production, hospitality table, etc. And as always – many hands make light work. So,
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Music Workshops

We’re pleased to be offering the following workshops on upcoming Tuesdays, all starting at 7:00 p.m., at Delta United Church, 47 Ottawa St., South. Embody Music – Feb. 13, 20 & 27 – a three week workshop lead by Hanna Bech Mathieson on playing with and integrating music, movement, rhythms – develops musical confidence! Cost is $60 (i.e. $20 per day) and is sliding scale – slides up, as well as down 😉 Due to requirements for movement the number of spaces is limited, so sign up ASAP. Voice 101 – March 5 – a one week workshop lead by
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Sumer is Cumen In

Hi There: As I write this missive By The Glow of The Kerosene Light, how many shades of brown and grey are there in Southern Ontario during the dreaded month of February? The landscape is bleak enough, so why does everyone have to wear black, brown, and grey overcoats? You’d think we’d all dress up like peacocks to make up for it. I guess colorful plumage does not absorb scant heat as well as homespun dark wool. Sumer is Cumen In not soon enough. Sigh. . . . Thank heavens for Saturday mornings! Nothing like a community sing-a-long to put
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Whipped Cream

Hello Fellow Crooners Have you visited the Active Members Page at hamiltonsings.ca yet? Just took a peek myself this week and was delighted to see that both the music and the pronunciation of Sumer Is Icumen In have been added. I’m a fairly bright light when it comes to some things, but absorbing unfamiliar phonetics is not one of my strengths – now I can take remedial action – thanks Sue and Bob! And speaking about active membership – were you aware that you’re in kahoots with a not-for-profit registered Ontario charity called Hamilton Sings? And will be called upon
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DOs and DON’Ts

Welcome Fellow Choristers Saturday January 20th will be our second rehearsal of the winter term and yet another beginning of our musical adventure together. Choir leaders Sue and Hanna, the Hamilton Sings board, as well as alumni, would like to extend an especially warm welcome to those new to this endeavour. Fresh faces cannot help but add new energy and ideas to our musical community called Hamilton Sings. Feel free to reach out to any one of your fellow singers for assistance – that’s what a community does. ‘Nuff said. Hamilton Sings keeps afloat due to member generosity by way
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Details on December 2nd Concert

Hi folks, Your team of Susan Noakes, Shirley Nigh, Kate Oxley and me are pleased to be helping to co-ordinate events on Saturday, Dec. 2nd The layout of the day is: to arrive and set up at 9:30, choir warm up at 10:00, open our doors at 10:30, shop & visit Concert & Sing-a-long at 11:00 shop & visit some more after that 1:30 – done and out   (we have extended time!) Bake Table – Shirley Nigh is taking the lead on this – please sign up to let us know you’re bringing baked goods – there will be one
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Blueberry Deliveries Next Saturday

Good Morning Fellow Songsters Ordered your blueberries yet? Jill will be more than happy to take your money tomorrow – last chance! A mere $20 bucks for a 2.2K bag of Nova Scotian deliciousness – don’t hesitate or you’ll heave a sigh and wish you hadn’t.  Delivery takes place next Saturday November 18th at noon, so bring along some sort of insulated wrapping to keep those blue jewels in good condition. November 18th and November 25th are the last 2 rehearsals before our end of term concert, bake, and craft sale on December 2nd. These same rehearsals are mandatory if
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Blueberry News

Good Morning Fellow Choristers Do you have any idea how tasty your morning oatmeal will be, now that you have the opportunity to garnish it with succulent, wild Nova Scotia-grown blueberries? You must pre-pay with cash or cheque when you sign up for your bag(s) tomorrow and Nov 11th. Delivery will be Nov 18th at noon so you may want to bring an insulated container – newspapers work too it you’re a peasant like me. If you place an order and can’t attend on the 18th – you MUST make arrangements with someone for pickup. $20 for a 4.2 pound
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Spooky Time & Other Dates

Hey Gang Remember to bring a snack to share and your spookiest alter-ego to practice tomorrow. We’ll be rehearsing without a break until approximately 11:20 to allow time for our Halloween social in the back end of our rehearsal space before the string quartet shows up at 12:30. Your fellow chorister Lori has some party games up her sleeve, best costume prizes are to be had, and our choir leaders will rev up the fun with some popular Halloween tunes. Scary, very scary. Friday November 10th. The now infamous James Street Art Crawl now includes you. We’ve been invited to
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Halloween Costume Ready?

Hi Folks  So, have you got a Halloween costume pulled together yet? If you’re like me, with the imagination of a stinging army ant, you can lean on your creative friends for ideas. I’m relying on a work mate who is particularly gifted at that sort of thing. We’ve wavered between a paper bag princess, forest nymph, and Bette Miller, but I just can’t decide! I’m immovable on one detail – my costume must be made from stuff I already have around the house. I’m so looking forward to seeing what you all come up with for our social next
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