A Jefferson High Christmas

Yesterday was the annual Jefferson High School Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert.  But before we go any further, we have to first discuss the always number one topic of conversation in Minnesota – the weather.  As noted in the above photo, the supervisor arrived at the high school – sans jacket, coat, boots, or other seasonal accoutrements!  This was December 18th!  In Minnesota!  There is no snow!  People actually came to the concert wearing shorts!  What’s happening?  (We now leave our bizarre weather rant for the rest of the story.)

Choir director Steve Dietz and orchestra leader Brad Lambrecht once again led their musicians through a terrific show before a full-house of somewhat warm mostly older people.  We are always amazed how they are able to herd (er . . . possibly “shepherd” would be a better choice) their performers through the confines of the high school gymnasium for the different numbers.  As Class of ’65 principal, Wayne Elton, noted on the way out – about a third of the student body must be involved in the various bands, orchestras, and choirs, and yet they are somehow able to keep it all coordinated within limited space.  And at a mere $6.00, it is, as we say around here, “Such a deal!”

[We arrive for the 3:00 performance – they also did another @ 5:30.]

OK, the videos, to include narration by Bob Hines, who volunteers his great voice for this every year:







Then it was off to the cafeteria for apres concert punch and cookies!  🙂

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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