On Saturday, June 28, Jim Thomas and the Spirituals Choir performed at Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. The presentation concluded with a rousing “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” featuring Chris Seidel on snare drum. The “Battle Hymn” isn’t a spiritual, but it’s closely identified with the fight against slavery. Julia Ward Howe wrote the lyrics during the Civil War to the tune of “John Brown’s Body,” which memorialized John Brown, the white abolitionist who was hanged in December 1859 for leading an unsuccessful raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.
We have three presentations scheduled for early July. On two successive Sundays, July 6 and July 13, we’ll be singing for brunch patrons at Lola’s restaurant, on Island Inn Road, off the Beach Road in Oak Bluffs. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m.
In between those two Sundays, on Thursday, July 10, we’ll at at the Chilmark library at 5 p.m.