SHS Choir Madrigal Feaste a success
On Dec. 8 and 9, the select choirs of Summit High School hosted the 6th annual Madrigal Feaste at the Elk’s Lodge in Silverthorne. This event is a fundraiser for the Choral program at SHS, and represents a massive effort on the parts of students, parents and community members. I want to acknowledge and thank some of the generous folk who donated their time and talent to make our event a rousing success.Thanks are due to the Elk’s Lodge and Bobby Knorr, who welcomed 50-plus students and their parents, graciously opening their beautiful facility to us at no charge. The warm atmosphere and terrific professional kitchen were a gift and set a great tone for the feaste. Thank you to Harvey King and to Keystone chefs Joe Weaver, Ryan Stasel and Paul Smith, who, along with parent Jesse Porter, worked in the kitchen both nights, plating more than 100 dinners each evening. Keystone Resort also loaned dishes, linens, silver and donated food. Annie Holton and Candace Yanke, of the Blue Spruce Inn, and Travis Holton and Ryan Lalic, of Pug Ryan’s, planned and prepared the main course, donating much time and food towards the event.Lisa Rappleye organized and coordinated between the many volunteers and headed up the set-up and decorations. It was indeed a “Feaste for eye and ear!”Deb Price, who, with the assistance of senior Sabrina Schmidt, coordinated the flow of the evening and the timing for the various courses. She also provided food for the students, a huge hit!Brittany Moore, a four-year choir student, managed the ticket sales and table assignments efficiently. (She will be missed!)On the performance side, I thank our phenomenal accompanist, Caroline Foley. Her dedication and skill make our music so much more effective and beautiful. Thanks to our King, Scott Price, who presided over the feaste. This is not an exhaustive list, because there were many parents who worked in the kitchen, decorating, as roadies and with costumes. Thanks so much!In a time when there is so much negative press related to young people and the dangerous times in which we live, it is heartening to see students singing together and to experience parents, students and community members working cooperatively to accomplish a great song-filled evening. We raised a little over $6,000 for the choir, which will be used toward our foreign travel next year. Thank you to all who came and enjoyed a fine evening of entertainment. Please mark your calendars for the 7th annual Madrigal Feaste, Dec. 13 and 14, 2008. Happy Holidays!
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