Tag: Fern Ridge Community Choir

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 19, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 19, 2019
By Pat Edwards

The holiday season is upon us in full force right now. The season is shining through the beautiful Christmas lights and lawn decorations as we travel the roads around Lorane.

Also, for the past several years, I have loved driving down Oregon Avenue in Creswell. The beautiful twinkling white lights on the trees lining the street really fill me with the spirit of the season. I feel that I’m in a fairyland. Good job, Creswell!

And, although I haven’t seen the display yet, I’ve been treated to pictures of the bright and colorful lights of the “tunnel” at the Village Green Christmas Market in Cottage Grove. It’s drawing a lot of visitors from what I understand.

I know that the Veneta area had its own light parade a week ago and beautiful displays, too, but for some reason, I haven’t had the opportunity to go through there after dark this year. I hope to do so this coming week, if possible… maybe Jim and I can have dinner there before one of my Fern Ridge Holiday Concert performances at the Applegate Regional Theater which, by the time you read this, will have already happened this past weekend.

Speaking of that, I want to let everyone know how thankful I am that I did not give up on the choir as I was close to doing. At the first rehearsal, I felt that I could never learn the parts I was to sing because I have always sang the melodies of the carols I have always loved and wasn’t trained to read vocal music that frequently didn’t follow those melodies. But, as each weekly practice came and went, I was able to figure it out for myself and as I prepare for the first of the three performances this weekend, I find I have enjoyed doing it very much, and am going to miss it and the great group of people I have been working with. Thanks to all of you for your patience while I made my way through the learning process.

As I write this, on Thursday, December 19, Lorane resident, Sharon Annett is in New York, undergoing surgery to remove a tumor that is causing paralysis on the right side of her face. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Annett family right now as are those of many others who are hoping that the surgery is a complete success. The GoFundMe account that was set up in Sharon’s name has grown beyond the amount set to help pay for the travel and other expenses of the rare, specialized surgery, but as Shauna Davis, a close family friend, wrote recently on her Facebook page, “Even though the goal amount says it has been matched, there is still a big need!!! If you know Sharon and she touched your life, drove your bus to school or a game, invited you into her home, made you a sandwich, has been a listening ear, or if you are just touched by reading who she is now, please consider donating! Every little bit goes a long way!”

Godspeed to Sharon, her husband Jim, and the rest of her family. We are all with you this journey in whatever way we can. We hope to hear positive news soon.

The local Angel Tree and food and clothing box groups report that there has been a huge response for our local families in need. The volunteers met at the Lorane Grange yesterday and began wrapping all of the gifts donated to the area children and putting together the food boxes. A warm clothing closet is also being made available from donated coats, jackets and other warm clothing for those who are in need, as well. Good job, Lorane and Crow!!

Sweet Lorane Community News, December 5, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
December 05, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I have a huge apology to make to my editors again this week. With the busy-ness of the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and the wonderful day, itself, I let the deadline for my column pass me by. A gentle reminder late on Saturday Miss Calliopebrought the realization that my ability to multi-task these days is definitely slipping. I quickly wrote a column and submitted it on Sunday morning (three days late), with the instructions to use it this week if it could not be squeezed into last week’s paper, in time. So, if you are reading this one, then you already know that Jim and I have been blessed with a beautiful new great-granddaughter, Calliope Jean Stevens, who was born on Thanksgiving Day. Her name is unusual and we’ve had many comments on it. Our grandson, Kevin, picked it out from the long list of baby names he and Jazmine scoured when they found out they were having a girl. I have no doubt that she will be called “Callie” or “C.J.” as she grows, but for now, she’s our little Calliope.

I want to quickly update you on my participation in the Fern Ridge Community Choir and our plans to do a holiday sing-along concert the week before Christmas. A few columns ago, I told you how difficult it was for me to learn choir parts of the beloved Christmas carols I have sung all of my life. I don’t read music and being an alto, the harmony parts don’t come very close to the melody. I vowed, though, that I was going to stick it out and make the most of this wonderful opportunity.

Well, I’m progressing and am really enjoying the experience of doing something out of my comfort zone. There are only a few songs that we are singing harmony on as our rehearsal time is limited, so I’ll be able to sing the melodies on most; but I’m catching on to learning the alto parts of harmony with the help of YouTube. I found I can sing along with one of the various alto samples of “Carol of the Bells” while sitting at my computer. It’s wonderful!

The choir will sing quite a few of the other beautiful, familiar carols and at the end, the audience will be invited to sing some of the rollicking favorites with us—“Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” We’ll be holding the performances at the Applegate Regional Theater, 87230 Central Rd, Eugene, OR 97402 (the corner of Central and Fleck Roads) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22. I hope that we can fill the house. It will be so much fun!

The Angel Trees are now in place at the Lorane Family Store in Lorane and at the Crow Middle/High School in Crow for those who want to buy holiday gifts for local children of families in need. Be sure and stop by and select one or more ornaments that give ages and needs or wants of each child from the trees and bring back a new, unwrapped gift for that child. The gifts will be wrapped by volunteers and delivered to the families by Christmas.

The food boxes are also in place throughout Lorane… at the Grange, the Lorane Family Store, the Lorane Deli, and the Lorane Christian Church.

Let’s all be generous in our giving again this year so that each of us, no matter our circumstances, can enjoy this holiday season!