July 14, 2021
There are a number of exciting items to share with you today!
Grad student at UNT and one of the "20 under 30" named by The Diapason, Destin Wernicke of Pulaski, is giving three area recitals, which the chapter is helping to sponsor. Please see the attached flyer for more details from Joanne Peterson. Of particular interest will be the July 21, De Pere, and July 25, Oshkosh, recitals. Finally a live event to attend! Free-will donation.
The August "surprise," mentioned in my last email, is the opportunity to select items from the library of our dear friend, Marillyn Freeman, who passed away last March. Those who remember her know that she had vast resources in the way of music and reference materials. Her husband, Ralph, would like for the chapter to benefit from the collection, and so he is asking folks to take what they can, along with enjoying a visit with him over coffee and cookies. The date and time are: Saturday, August 28 from 2:00-5:00 at St. Paul Lutheran, 200 N. Commercial St, Neenah.
Finally, as you have (hopefully) noticed, 2021 is The Year of the Young Organist. We are considering events that will be of interest to not only current members of the AGO, but also to young adults, whom we hope will be joining the ranks....pun intended! Please help grow the next generation in whatever way you can. Here are some ideas:
Do you know a young person 30, or under, who could be interested in the organ? Encourage them to join the AGO for a free membership year (offer til June 30, 2022). Please see the national website for details and application form.
Also, let them know of our chapter OROCO (Outreach Opportunity for Church Organists) Scholarship, which pays for a year of organ lessons within our chapter. More details are on our chapter website. Or ask any board member. I will also forward what our own Jim Fett used at his church. Watch for a separate forwarded email.
Hoping to catch up with you soon at an event!
June 14, 2021
Greetings, faithful AGO friends,
I sincerely hope this letter finds you well, in both body and soul, and getting outdoors as much as possible on these fine days!!
At long last the churches are open(ing) and many things about life these days are looking mostly normal, though it may be a while till churches, in particular, are completely open for outside use.
The Board met June 12 to plan some social events for the summer months, and will move ahead with an optimistic schedule of organ related events for Fall '21 through Spring '22. Suggestions are most welcome, and can be given through any board members: Nathan Birkholz (Sub-dean), John Kopp (Webpage), Devin Atteln, Jeff Verkuilen, Jim Fett (Treasurer/Secretary), Marianne Chaudoir, Scott Dickson, or myself.
June 29! Our first event is only two weeks out. We will Picnic at Pierce Park (1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton) on Tuesday, June 29. Bring a chair, BYOD(inner), and come as early as 5:30 pm. The Appleton City Band plays from 7:00-8:30, if you wish to stay. I've heard they are quite good! This is an outdoor event, so if it rains, we cancel. Should you have difficulty locating our group, text me: 920.676.8588.
July 21! AGO Goes to Dinner - 6:00 pm @ Machine Shed Restaurant, 220 N Fox River Dr, Appleton. Jim Fett is the host. Watch for his invitation and RSVP to that.
And, for your planning, a save-the-date, of sorts:
August - we are working on a surprise, which we hope will happen in this month. Stay tuned...
September 10 (Friday) will be our Annual Potluck - 6:00 pm @ Trinity Episcopal in Oshkosh.
Blessings on your summer! Hoping for reunion with many of you very soon!