Saturday, July 30, 2011

Chester Children's Chorus Summer Concert Video

Chester Children’s Chorus Summer Concert

Chester Children's Chorus
When I read in the Spirit that the Chester Children’s Chorus was having a free summer concert at Swarthmore College, I knew I had to go see them perform. I am so glad I did. The concert was fantastic. This was the best time I have had at a concert. The voices and the music were out of this world. It is so easy for me to run out of wonderful descriptive words to describe this chorus because they are just that good.

Featured music from the Lion King, Other Disney tunes, and Gospel

When I walked into the Lang Music Center, I walked up and introduced myself to Andrea Knox the Managing Director. After a brief conversation, she ushered me into the concert hall and gave me a seat up front. Andrea said that every January and February Director John Alston auditions second grade children from area schools in Chester to join the chorus. “For 17 years, the Chester Children’s Chorus has inspired children from Chester, Pennsylvania, to make wonderful music.”

Director John Alston

“Every song tonight took 4 weeks of work,” said John Alston. To learn all those songs in that short time was amazing. The children were extremely musically talented. I watched as children entered the room like children normally would. After briefly being settled by their director, they got right to work and turned out a brilliant performance. John Alston was lively and animated in his direction of the chorus. He was definitely humorous in his presentation which made the concert experience even better.

After the concert I overheard this comment, “I feel my life was a waste when I watch things like this.” I had to speak with the commenter. Guy Smith, a Lawyer from Media, said he grew up in Chester. He is in his sixties. He explained that he thought his life was a waste because he never tried anything as wonderful as learning to sing like the Chester Children’s Chorus. The concert was very uplifting. I loved it, loved it, loved it!

The Chester Children’s Chorus will be performing again on Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 pm. It’s free. You might just see me there again. Next week Tuesday, August 2, 1:45 pm, CCC Dancers will Salute Mama Africa at Lang Concert Hall. Admission is free.  For other upcoming events check out their website:

To read a previous blog post on Chester Upland School of the Arts (CUSA) Click Here 

The concert hall was packed. Try to get there early.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Crozer Library Medicare 101 Session

Are you or someone you know turning 65? 

Get the details that you need to know about your health care options at a Medicare 101 session, held at the J. Lewis Crozer Library on Thursday, August 11th at 1:00p.m. 

Join Ms. Kim Andrews, the APPRISE program coordinator, who will lead a free, short class on Medicare basics. There will also be time for questions and answers with the counselor. Find out the information you need to make the best decisions for your personal situation. 

Generously provided by APPRISE (a State Health Insurance Assistance Program SHIP), sponsored by Senior Community Services. 

Crozer Library is located at 620 Engle Street in Chester. Registration is required by calling (610) 494-3454.

City Team: Back to School Registration for Backpacks

City Team Ministries has started their Back to School registration for backpacks and school supplies. The registration is for grades K-12. Just bring in your Photo I.D. and I.D. with your children’s birthdates and names listed. Social Security Cards will not work. 

Location: City Team Ministries, 634 Sproul Street, Chester, PA 19013
Phone: (610) 872-6865

Registration is from 1:00-3:00 PM
Wednesday-Friday, July 27 to 29 and Monday-Wednesday, August 1-3
Back to School Block Party is Saturday August 27th, 2011 

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa & Xinos will be there to help out with the Backpack Drive. It will be my second year helping out. See you at the Block Party!