Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fall 2011 Choral Concert

On Sunday afternoon in the PSC College Theater, Dr. Tom Ediger directed the Fall Choirs in Concert.

The afternoon's entertainment got underway with the Concert Choir.

The concert's first number, Mozart's Regina Coeli, featured
four soloists: Carmen Schweiger, Debbie Trecek, Dan Perkins and Xavier Gibson.

You can enjoy this inspiring song on You Tube, where I also uploaded the Concert Choir's production of Tom Ediger's Psalm 121.

The video of Psalm 121 also includes the Madrigal Singers opening number, Since First I Saw Your Face and Summer Is A-Coming In.

And the third video from the entertaining presentations includes the Madrigal Singers' About the Maypole and I Thought That Love Had Been a Boy.

This video also includes the Misty Blues' fun-filled rendition of Leslie Gore's You
Don't Own Me.

My plans included two other numbers from the Misty Blues; however, my fingers managed to press the wrong button at the right time. But as the photographs from the concert suggest, all three groups performed with wonderful

And the Misty Blues performers look wonderful in their new costumes.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

St. Peter's Literature Festival

I had the pleasure to attend once again the St. Peter's School Literature Festival, Chapter Four, held at the school Sunday evening and all school day Monday, October 23 and 24.

Follow the links to
Chapter Two and Chapter Three--alas, Chapter One took place before I started this blog.

Sadly, Bill Kloefkorn, who attended the first three of these exceptional events, passed away. I missed his presence, but both his wife and daughter attended.

And St. Peters school presented a new award named in honor of Bill
Kloefkorn to a deserving teacher at the school, something that would have pleased the Nebraska State Poet.

Sunday evening featured an excellent talk by Nebraska
author Jim Higley, whose new book, Bobblehead Dad, enjoys considerable success. Among other things, Jim also writes a column, Bobblehead Dad, for the Chicago Tribune's Triblocal.

I recorded for your enjoyment parts of Jim Higley's inspirational talk, Part One and Part Two.

As at the previous three festivals in which I took part, my schedule included four 50-minute sessions of Feathers, Petals and Verses (new title this time around because I added a section on Nebraska Wild Flowers).

I met with two groups each of enthusiastic fifth and six graders and enjoyed myself a great deal, as the photographs from the day suggest.

Chris Jacobsen's fifth graders sent me this beautiful poster filled with poems that hangs just now outside my office:

Thank you all the teachers and students with whom I worked for making Chapter Four such a special treat. I look forward to Chapter Five in 2013.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Choirs in Concert, 8 November

On Tuesday evening at 7:30, the Peru State College Theater hosted three choral groups, the Nebraska City Belles-A-Peelin' Women's Barbershop Chorus; the Nebraska City Apple Corps Men's Barbershop Chorus; and Peru State College's own Madrigal Singers.

I posted a series of photographs of the three groups over

the course of this show.

The Belles-A-Peelin' women began the night's fanfare with a series of patriotic songs, two of which I recorded and posted for your enjoyment: "Sentimental Journey" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

The Peru State College Madrigal Singers followed Belles-A-Peelin', and you can enjoy three of their pieces, including "O Lord Increase My Faith," "I Thought That Love Had Been a Boy," and "All Ye Who Music Love."

Next, the Nebraska City Apple Corps took the stage, a group that
includes a couple familiar faces to the Peru State College community, Jacob Buss and John Crook.

PSC Student directed the group's the first number, "Hello Mary Lou," and I recorded two others for your enjoyment, "Bring Him Home" and "I'll Walk with God," so enjoy the songs.

To conclude the evening's enjoyment, all three groups took the stage and sang "Exodus," conducted by Dr. Thomas Ediger.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Boo Bash 2011

Boo Bash produced another winner this year after last year's inaugural effort and success.

Between 5:00 and 7:00, well over two-hundred children and parents visited the Hanson House for treats and a picture with the PSC Bobcat.

As happened last year, I took photographs of all the people
who wanted a picture of themselves and the mascot.

You will find a set of pictures (some duplication that I will fix) on To download a photograph, simply click on the photograph and then on the Action link--from the drop-down menu, click on "View all Sizes" and then choose the size image you desire.

I also loaded images on the dependable Mobile Me Gallery; however, I am not sure how much longer this service will stay active, for Mac converts soon to Cloud. We shall see.

Congratulations to all the students, faculty, staff, and friends of the college who worked hard to ensure the success of this year's Boo Bash.

On a beautiful Peru, NE, evening, the event brought to the campus over 250 youngsters, who enjoyed a variety of activities and who returned home with candy in their bags and smiles on their faces.