Short newsletter this week, as we did not have a program last Wednesday. Instead, members of the Newberg Kiwanis joined us for a pre-holidays get-together. The Kiwanis’ motto is “Serving Children of the World,” and, among other items, board member Kevin Purcell reported on the clubs they support at local elementary and intermediate schools, and the High School, to help build leadership skills in children of all ages.
We were all entertained by the Newberg High School Vocal Point Choir, under the direction of Matthew Fletcher. This choir took first at the Oregon Music Educators Association State Small Ensemble competition last April. They sang a wide variety of holiday songs, including the really enjoyable “Fruitcake” song (“Don’t forget the cinnamon!”) and “The 11 Days of Christmas.” (No, that is not a typo.)
The choir will be performing at the upcoming tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 2, too. Their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Winter Gala, is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 5:30pm at the high school. Tickets are $10, and there will be a silent auction as well. The choir will also perform in Salem and at the Grotto tomorrow night at 8pm in Portland. You might have another chance to hear them in 2017, as rumor has it they plan to sing at the upcoming Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebration in Newberg on Monday, January 16 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.