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So the twenty-sixth Midwest Convention went pretty well, I thought. We had some utterly glorious singing that charmed at least one or two new people who wandered in. I field-tested my Pretty Israeli Outfit, and it was just like Little Sister Pony said; I actually looked kind of pretty! Also, the skirt is very wide, but made out of lightweight material, so it's wonderful to twirl in, which means that I must lead a fuging tune in it, so I can twirl as I bring the parts in. That was fun.

Also interesting was being the chaplain for the Saturday session. I'd never expected to be the chaplain for any major singing, because . . . well, the obvious. But the chair of this year's Midwest decided that she wanted a Jewish chaplain for Shabbat, with the kind of prayers that came with that. I based most of them on Sha'arei Tefillah, or Gates of Prayer, which is the old Reform siddur (I don't have a copy of the new one yet, though I should really acquire one soon), and, in a nod to Pony family tradition, I started off the morning blessing with the "Shehekhyanu," as the Pony family does whenever there is a Family Event to be formally opened. To tell the truth, I'd been more than a little nervous about it, since we do get guests from all over the place, often from singings that aren't as thoroughly ecumenical as the Hyde Park group. But people really seemed to like it. As my friend C reassured me, most everyone at the Midwest can agree on God.

We did have some trouble with the building, including no building people, no supplies such as paper towels in the bathrooms, and ants in the bass section. And, of course, it being Memorial Day weekend, no one could be reached to help us take care of these problems. Accordingly, since Ida Noyes Hall is University property, and I'm still a student, I've been put on the Locating Committee for next year to help discuss this with the school. I think our secret weapon for next year will be that the Midwest will be at the end of April rather than the end of May, and therefore not a holiday weekend and therefore the building people might be more reachable.

It also strikes me that this would leave WisCon Weekend free. Maybe I'll go to WisCon next year; the one time I went was fun, so maybe I'd like it again. Who else might go? I could bring my gaohu.


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Jun. 1st, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great singing weekend! Hurray for singings that are open to a variety of blessings.

We have the Berryville sing this weekend. I am only going to the first day (it's turned into a 2 day sing with the second day being from the Missouri Harmony and this year they are adding other songs too). It's too much for the girls to go to both days with no sitter and nothing to do and I don't want to camp. The girls and I can go to the Washington Folk Festival while dh sings the second day (unless it's too hot again).
Jun. 1st, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Berryville always sounds like fun, but it's far away from Chicago and very close to the Midwest. But . . . the Midwest will be in April next year. Maybe I could go to Berryville. The prospect of a whole day of Missouri Harmony is enchanting . . .
Jun. 1st, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
It would be great to have you at the Berryville sing. It's a lovely sing. Last year's all day Missouri Harmony was enchanting. Who knows what it will be like next year, but to have a lot of songs from the MH with strong singers is always a treat. Come on out. You could stay Friday night with us and dance at Glen Echo and then go out to Berryville and sing for 2 days:D
Jun. 1st, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely have to examine my schedule and my finances and see if I can make it!
Jun. 1st, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
This kind of ant might sing bass.
Jun. 1st, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Ah. I see our problem right there. We just have wussy ants in Ida Noyes.
Jun. 5th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Also interesting was being the chaplain for the Saturday session.

Awesome! That must have been both great fun and a little nerve wracking at once. I went to a Catholic high school and I got asked to lead the music for a Mass once because I was the only person present for the Mass that sung other than the priest. That was interesting given that I am not Catholic. I loved it though.

I'm glad you had a good time, difficulties aside.
Jun. 6th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
I was a little nervous about the prayers until I got one of my friends to check them out. If she said they were okay, then they were okay. And I was still really glad that people liked them.
Jun. 7th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
I'm glad you got to be chaplain. That is ecumenically cool.

I can see you fitting right in at WisCon as well. Hope you get your schedule worked out next year the way you want it (Berryville, WisCon, whatever).
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