The Glow of Good Cheer

Contributed by Nan Potts

Did you hear the squealing of brakes as winter arrived? Might as well bundle up from the cold and enjoy the adventures the coming Holidays bring. If you consider shopping an adventure, good for you! There’ll be no Scrooges here. On the other hand, bustling to find the right gift, for the best price, may be a treasure hunt to some, for many, drudgery.

Fear not dear shoppers, as you know, there’s much more to the Holiday Season. For example: the festive lights to brighten our long Alaskan nights; the excited smiles on kids faces, and even some adults, with the expectation of celebrations to come (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, etc.); community dinners held for all; the plays and pageants that will be performed, and holiday music.

Ah yes, the music- it will be everywhere. All you have to do is listen. Carols along the streets, on the radio, in your homes, at Christmas bazaars and craft shows and on the stages. There is no escape. Why fight the celebration? Come join in. On Saturday, December the 8th, the Chorus will be caroling throughout the city of Palmer for Colony Christmas. You are most welcome to add your voice in song. The following day, Sunday, December the 9th, is the Mat-Su Community Chorus’ Christmas Concert. The performance starts at 4pm, hosted by St. John Lutheran Church in Palmer. General admission is $7.00 for adults. Students and seniors are admitted free.

This 2018-2019 Concert Season is conducted by Amber Sumner. She has been singing with the Mat-Su Community Chorus for three years and served as our accompanist during the 2016-2017 Season. Since 2013, the choir of the First United Methodist Church in Wasilla has also been under her talented direction.

Audiences are in for a treat. Not only an accomplished singer, Amber is also an arranger and songwriter. For this concert, she has assisted with the arrangement of a rhythmic romp for the carol, Do You Hear What I Hear. In addition, she has written and arranged an original piece, Chanukah Blessing. This delightful program has been created to bring you warmth and good cheer. The lineup embraces traditional carols that are rarely sung but enjoyed by audiences; Mendelssohn’s classic piece, There Shall A Star From Jacob Come Forth; and several light-hearted contemporary Christmas songs. All this music is to warm your hearts and help you celebrate the Season. Come to the celebration. Better yet, come join the chorus! The Chorus has the 2019 Spring Concert targeted in early May. New voices are always welcomed.

So, now you know where and when to come in from the cold and take a shopping break, and be cheered. We look forward to seeing you there. Best wishes shopping!