Every year on the day after Christmas, the University Unitarian Church in Seattle puts on a full-length Handel’s Messiah Sing-along/Play-along. They do the full Messiah, all the arias, all the choruses, and all the recitatives; not a note is left out. Everyone sings everything that is within his or her vocal range-no soloists. You may even hear some of the musicians singing along. They pack the place to the rafters with singers and musicians. Performers spend three hours at it (two intermissions), and are exhausted at the end. There are very few experiences that are as exhilarating as playing or singing the complete Messiah. Here are some pictures from last year, taken from my place in the Violin I section.
The evening of the first day of our cruise to Alaska aboard the Crystal Serenity was beautiful, and clear. The ship left Vancouver BC just as the sun was setting. We stood at the rail of the Promenade Deck and watched for long minutes, as the sun set over the channel. We knew when we awoke the next morning, we’d be close to the waters off Alaska. End of the day, beginning of an adventure.
About 35 miles north of our town of Everett, Washington, may be found the Skagit River Valley. The Skagit Valley has some of the most fertile soil in the United States, and its farmers supply animal feed, corn, potatoes, vegetables, and flower bulbs locally and around the world. The entire month of April is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and you don’t have to look very far on Calling-all-RushBabes to find it-just look up at this month’s header picture! A few times a year, my husband and I get in the car and drive up to the little town of LaConner, on the Swinomish Channel. It is an admitted “tourist trap”, but we just love playing tourist and visiting all the shops.
Boats at the LaConner Marina.
We discovered this interesting creature in front of an art gallery in LaConner. I wonder if he’d agree to play in our string quartet?
Couldn’t resist this, at a t-shirt store on Main Street.
Fertile farmland, and Mount Baker in the background.
Farm machinery at one of the many farms in the Skagit Valley.
Farther up the Skagit River, the terrain gets wilder as you head into the Cascade Mountains.
Is it any wonder we try to go there as often as possible?
Notice all the faces in this group of accordion players getting ready for the big Accordion Parade down the main street of Leavenworth, Washington. All ages, both sexes, no two alike.
I’ll bet you could not tell that the man at the right with his back to you and the LIAC t-shirt is blind. Yes, a blind accordionist, guided by the friend on his left. Music makes every face a happy one!