The annual Christmas Concert by the high school orchestra and choirs took place last Sunday. I’ve come to think of it as the local event of the year as Brad Lambrecht, orchestra; Steve Deitz, choir; and Bob Hines, narration, do a marvelous job of arranging and choreographing this major production, as it seems every student in the school participates in one or the other. There are 8 videos dispursed herein.
The concert opening:
I was going to include this concert on the “Christmas Card,” but the card was getting a tad long (in the immortal words of brother Cam, “Duh, d’ya think?”).
And the very next night, a 5-course Christmas dinner at the place Where everyone knows your name! 😉
[Introductions by the wine guy, Pete of Paustis Wines in St. Cloud, to a full and happy house.]
[The supervisor displays the first course. She’s not really a shrimper, so I got about half of hers too! 🙂 ]
[Happily displaying course 2, I had never had smoked duck before so it was a leading contender for the desire to attend. Unlike most “new” things, it didn’t taste like chicken – it tasted like ham. And it was a substantial portion – we were pretty much full with three courses to go. Nevertheless, I never felt the need to say, “I’d like to return this duck.”]
[Three medallions each – uffda! They were each a substantial filet – wonderfully delicious, but we had to box up three to take home. And oy, the au gratin potatoes – to die for! 🙂 ]
[Then for the 3rd day in a row, we were entertained by the Jefferson High School Carolers. We were now on a first name basis with many of them. 😉 We were advised by a source, who is a roadie for the group, that this was their 49th performance of the season!]
The Carolers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaqDasTek_4
And Part III: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtS5bV-t2Tk
Thank you Steve Deitz . . . and the source!
[Then it was time for the cheese course (I had loosened my belt a notch by then). If only “Weakie” had attended, he would have finally attained Alexandria “A List” status. 😉 ]
[The dessert course made the supervisor swoon . . .]
[The chocolate fruit cake was fabulous! And the ice wine was a dessert all by itself.]
[Probably because of our seating location, in the niche where the talent usually performs, I finally noticed the sign on the building across the street. It’s also the name of a famous colonial style restaurant in Leesburg, Virginia – a place oft sought on Basketball Dan’s multiple forays into the nation’s capital. A highly recommended dining experience.]
[We left under the glow of the city’s Christmas lights. 🙂 ]
[The kids and grandson arrive early in the morning. We’ll leave a light on for them! 🙂 (Shot with my Honeywell Pentax, 35mm, SLR, with a macro lens on Okinawa in 1971.)]