Yule Fest and vacation time

December 22, 2010

First of all, Merry Christmas to all out there in Gouldland!

Again, the campus is eerily silent and without students and faculty.  The snow is on the ground, houses are lit, trees are decorated, I can hear music coming from the Methodist church on Main Street.  For those of you who have never been in Bethel during the holiday season, or if you were here but just too busy taking classes, going to the Snowball, going to Yule Fest, going to the mountain, and just plain moving too fast to see, Bethel is as town in her glory at the end of December.  I look around me everywhere I go and, except for the silly wasteland that is the “shopping district” around the movie theater (read: scrub grass-corralled-by-parking-spaces), Bethel is the stuff that postcards are made of.  This is the week that I get to ski and, well, not be such a grown-up.  This is the time of year that the little kid in me comes out and I get to do what all little kids dream of:  I get to put up lights on the house.

No, really, I get to play in the snow, sleep in a bit, and play some music.  And music is what I want to share with people this week.  You see, we just had our annual Yule Fest concert and the music was great.  Really great.  The chorus, band, jazz ensemble, and string trio were just terrific.  A special thanks from me goes out to Mirina Sato, who plays the piano just beautifully.

Also, I got to play in the concert, backing up Elyse Barnard (who is a Senior this year) and James McLaughlin (who teaches here, and is technically an adult, but will never really grow up).  Here is the YouTube link to our song.  I hope you like it.

Again, Merry Christmas to all!

p.s. Samantha Southam, you were GREAT reading A Visit From St. Nicholas!!


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