Carolling at the Edgemont Retirement Residence

Article for the Inside Edge (Edgemont) community newsletter:

Did you get to sing your favourite Christmas carols in 2010?  Check all that apply:

  • □        Come all Ye Faithful
  • □        Joy to the World
  • □        What Child is This?
  • □        Away in a Manger
  • □        Angels We Have Heard on High
  • □        Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • □        Holy Night
  • □        Silent Night
  • □        We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  • □        Huron Carol
  • □        Other

The residents of the Edgemont Retirement Residence got to enjoy all of these and many more.  Several groups came from the community to join them in singing, entertaining and visiting to celebrate Christmas.  Edgemont should be proud of this community spirit!  We neighbours who love to visit would like to say thank you to the Edgemont Retirement Residence.  We appreciate you very much.

Here are few examples of the many Christmas events that happened at the Residence:

On Thursday, December 16, the handbell choir from the Edgemont School visited to play a number of Christmas carols.  The handbell choir is composed of thirteen grade five students from the school under Cheryl Lang as director.  They visit the Residence twice a year and have done so for several years.  They really enjoy playing for the seniors.  The residents can look for them again in the spring.

On Friday, December 17, the grade five students of Mother Mary Greene School, under the direction of Music teacher Anne Pozzi, entertained with a wonderful Christmas program.  The children played a variety of instruments and were accompanied on piano by Mrs. Mary Buckley, a retired CCSD teacher.  Lisa Van De Panne, one of the children, played a classical rendition of the Huron Carol. 

On Sunday, December 19, Northwest Community Church came and led about a dozen carols, read the Christmas story, and presented a number of musical solos (Lu & Nancy Peng on violin, Jacob & Rachel Cross, Kira Hodge, and Tricia Edwards on piano, Melody Brown Foster voice).  And there were several other groups that similarly came in December.  Thanks to everyone who came.

After each event the children and adults had an opportunity to visit… and really, that was the best part.  That’s love for you.  After all, Christmas is all about how love moves in a neighbourhood.  The bible says that “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood” (John 1:14 MSG).  I just wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate some love happening right here in our community.  And if you get a chance, I hope you’ll remember to visit and sing your favourite carols to some of your neighbours in 2011.  Happy New Year everyone!

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