This is it – the last issue of the Tower Chimes before we begin our two-month summer “hiatus.” May was a very busy month at Christ Church and it’s hard to know where to begin. So here goes.
This year’s May Ham Dinner was quite interesting – especially since it did not feature a morsel of the aforementioned food! I refer you to Colin Reed’s article in this issue for a “course-by-course” description of this very successful evening.
Our Diversity Sunday celebration on May 21st was a day filled with food, festivities and fellowship. Once again, Willie and Shirley Black coordinated a totally delightful afternoon where parishioners had a chance to chose from a variety of ethnic foods, and be totally entertained by the likes of the members of the Sunday School and their families and members of the choir (both individually and as a group.) We must give a special mention to our young entertainers, especially Siaber Zayzay (flute), Eva Black (violin), Katherine Liu (piano) and ‘Lie Black (man of a thousand instruments!) Special thanks to Willie, Shirley and all of the folks who helped to set up, clean up and make it possible for us to “fill up” on all of the tasty dishes!
Some of you may have noticed a lovely desk tucked neatly into a corner of the Vestry Room last month. However, we have bad news and good news about the desk: the bad news is that it is no longer there; the good news is that Victor Stanwick built it for Bishop Taylor and presented it to him this month. Many of you may not be aware that Victor has a workshop in the basement of church, where he has created many items that grace our church and parish hall today. By the way, have you seen the Suggestion Box that he built? It’s located in the Parish House (on the wall across from the Parish Office) if you’d like to see (and use) it!
Congratulations to Kate Schneider on her induction into the UCLA Anderson Honor Society. Qualified candidates must place in the top fifteen percent of their graduating class to earn this prestigious honor. This honor comes in addition to Kate being named the #1 Marketing student in her class. Kudos, Kate!
There’s much to celebrate in the Craig household these days. Ed and Laura’s son, Vincent, will be getting married to Candice Smith in Pennsylvania on June 3rd. Many of you may remember Vincent’s Serenade piano concert at Christ Church a few years ago. Mom and Dad tell us that Vincent will be honored for his musical achievements the following week at The Staaten, by the 369th Veteran’s Administration.
If you’d like to get a good look at the McLean boys doing what they do best during the summer – life guarding, that is – you don’t have to look any farther than Riis Park in Brooklyn. Beth and Chip are thrilled that three of their sons, Brian, Charlie and Sean, will all be working there this summer.
Have you seen the brand new refrigerator in the Parish House kitchen – it’s a beauty! Thanks to the members of Serendipity for their donation of this much-needed “upgrade”
Right Church, Wrong Pew! – we need to clarify some information which was erroneously stated in last month’s Tower Chimes. Last month we told you that Paul Smith has earned his Realtor’s license - however we do need to tell you that he is working for Castle Rock Realty in Port Richmond. Sorry for the oversight, Paul!
Jill Kanner is looking refreshed and rested after her recent two-week jaunt to London, Amsterdam and Venice. She accompanied her fiancé, Rick Smith, on one of his many exciting business trips and had a chance to experience some of the wonderful sights that these cities have to offer. Jill’s mom, Joan Rock, recently returned from England after spending time reminiscing at the St. Catherine’s College reunion.
Have you had a chance to visit Edgefield? No, this isn’t a restaurant or a fancy shopping center, but instead, the lovely bed and breakfast that’s owned and operated by our own Daniel Marshall Wood. The summer months are particularly busy and exciting, especially since Edgefield is located right near the Cooperstown Museum and the Glimmerglass Opera. And you can be certain that Dan’s brother, David, has put his own special touches in the well-appointed guest suites and parlor.
On Sunday, May 21st Colin Reed made history by wearing a brand new suit and tie to church - without being paid to do it! The story is that in 1976, Colin was the Assistant Headmaster and head of the lower and middle schools at the Collegiate School in Manhattan. On May 12, the alumni association of the Class of ’76 celebrated its thirtieth year and during that celebration honored Colin at a special reception attended by over 350 “old boys.”
On Monday, May 8th the Food Ministry had a very welcome breakfast honoring St. Julian of Norwich and the ten homeless men who sleep at Christ Church every evening. With a number of parishioners in attendance, Lesley Shannon’s muffins for breakfast and lunch were a real treat, and Norma Sue Wolfe sent donuts to go with the huge fruit salad made by our parishioners. Another breakfast is planned for Holy Cross Day, Thursday, September 14th . That’s all for now! Best wishes to one and all for a restful, safe and happy summer.
See you in September!