All-day singings & conventions

A good all-day singing

The first annual Palo Alto All-Day singing took place today. It was a very good class in a good singing room, and we sounded fantastic. At a moment of peak attendance, I counted 60 people in the room. All told, I’d guess we had 75 people during the course of the day, including two babies, and four children — the range of ages stretched from 3 months to 90+.

Highlights of the day:

— Dinner-on-the-grounds was incredible: what an amazing array of yummy food! We all ate until we were ready to burst, and there was still lots of food left over. That’s the way it should be.

— Chris Thorman stood up and talked a little about the history of the Palo Alto Sacred Harp singers, which goes back into the 1970s. He asked some of the singers who were there in the early days to stand up.

— Erica leading 448t Consecration towards the end of the day. When she was done, Hal and I looked at each other and just smiled. It was a transcendent moment.

Thank you to everyone who made the singing a success. Sounds like we’ll be doing it again next year!

All-day singings & conventions

Update: Palo Alto All-day singing

Don’t forget the Palo Alto All-day Singing this Saturday, August 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Complete information, including directions for cars and bikes using public transit, here.

Saturday night social, 5-7 p.m.: We’ll meet at Don’s house near University Ave. in Palo Alto. We’ll have directions at the all-day singing. There will be an arts fair on University Ave. that day, so after the social you can check that out and then eat dinner at one of the many restaurants.

Friday night social, 7:15 p.m. on August 24: Meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church parking lot. We’ll park there and walk across the street to Green Elephant for Chinese food ($10-15), then to Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream for dessert.

Sunday singing from 2-5 p.m., on August 26: Come to Room 1 at the Unitarian Universalist Church to sing some more. Singing will start promptly at 2, with time for socializing and potluck snacks afterwards. (I’ll be bringing root beer floats.) There will be at least one out-of-state singer joining us, so please come for singing and socializing!

And real die-hards will also come to the weekly Monday singing in Berkeley at 7:30, August 27.

Note to drivers:

PG&E is doing major construction on Charleston Rd. from the UU church to Alma. If you come from Highway 101, you’ll miss it completely — Charleston Rd. is fine from Middlefield to the UU church. But if you’re coming from across Palo Alto, avoid potentially long delays and come from the Middlefield Rd. side.