Holiday Cheer, Restored

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Symphony Date has been asking me for three years now around Christmastime, to accompany him to a little storefront in Nora, SD, population 5. It's an old grocery store that closed in the 60's and the owner of the building, was gifted a 106 year old pipe organ that he restored and installed in said building. Every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas, he hosts a sing-a-long of Christmas Carols and other holiday favorites with him accompanying whoever shows up as they shout out the hymn numbers. Little kids were running around with sleigh bells, horns and whistles. People were thrumming the tambourine as they saw fit, and I witnessed some of the best impromptu harmony I've heard in a long time.

I lost my voice, I sang so much. It was lovely. And it made me smile. And even though I did NOT get up on the piano, there are some songs that are just impossible NOT to sing lounge lizard style and I did as I desired. It made Symphony Date giggle.

9 comments:

Sparkling Red said...

Hi Kate,

I just caught up on your last 5 posts. What a roller coaster ride! Lordy. I'm so glad to find you back on top of the world. At least for now. That's more than good enough. :-)

clearness said...

I completely want to hear this. Any way I can talk you back to going to the place and videoing ?

Can do mom said...

How wonderful! It's enough to make me want to go on a lengthy road trip just to join in the fun.

I'm glad you listened to your friend and went and had a great night.

Remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. (Or something like that...)

:)

melissalion said...

How did I miss so many posts? Well, it seems that the old grocery store set you back right.

I want to go to this grocery store.

Kristen said...

That sounds like so much fun! Yay!

carrster said...

That sounds fantastic!! I want to go!

artemisia said...

Now this is a lovely tradition! What a delightful little place and time in the universe!

Dingo said...

This sounds like a beautiful tradition. I love everything about this.

Jen said...

Yay for the Christmas cheer being back! :)