Jim Thomas and the Spirituals Choir gave a well-attended and well-received presentation at the Chilmark library yesterday, July 7. This photo was taken by audience member Everett Spees. Thank you!!
We have two full-length programs coming up this week. On Thursday, July 12, at 2 p.m. we’ll be at the Tabernacle, in the heart of the Campground in Oak Bluffs, as part of the “Catch the Spirit!” youth program. All are welcome! And on Saturday, July 14, at 3 p.m. we return to the Edgartown library, whose program room is one of our favorite places — great acoustics!
July is off to a great start!
Last Saturday afternoon, the Spirituals Choir gave a presentation in the brand-new program room of the brand-new Edgartown library. Fourth of July weekend is overload time on Martha’s Vineyard — too many cars, too many people, too many things to do — so we weren’t sure what kind of audience we would get. We needn’t have worried!
For one woman, it was serendipity: her grandkids really wanted to go to the library, and when they got there she saw our banner hanging outside the front door. She came and was thrilled to learn the background to some of the songs she’d known all her life.
Setting up the keyboard
Yesterday afternoon we headed up-island for our third annual presentation at the Chilmark library. Traffic was worse and parking harder than it had been in Edgartown on Fourth of July weekend, thanks to an event at the Community Center next door. Since there was no room in the library’s small parking lot, Reverend Phil’s keyboard had to be walked up the road from (I think) the parking lot at the bank. It arrived in the nick of time.
Once again the presentation went well. Not only was the audience attentive and appreciative, they asked good questions at the end.
At both libraries we sang the songs we presented at the Anchors in mid-June. This is about half of our 2016 repertoire. We’ll be doing the whole thing at Union Chapel on Saturday, July 16, 7:30 p.m. More about that later.
When Jim mentions a song that isn’t in the current repertoire, like “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” often the choir will start singing in the background. Sometimes the audience joins in.
Director Jim Thomas gets ready to start the program.
Sopranos, altos, and a couple of tenors at the Chilmark library. The lower voices didn’t fit in the frame!