Greetings, Friends of Bellingham Threshold Singers!
On Wednesday, April 27, Bellingham Threshold Singers received a 2016 Mayor’s Arts award from the City of Bellingham. We were one of ten individuals and groups so recognized, and it is quite an honor. Fifteen of us sang Metta Sutta, touching the audience with lovely sound and meaning. Janis accepted the framed certificate on behalf of BTS; we will proudly exhibit it when and where we can.
We are observing the award with a Celebration/Fundraiser/Art Show on Sunday, May 15. Trish Harding has opened the doors of her studio for us, in addition to contributing a new painting, “After the Rain,” which will be raffled. Local artists, including Dawn Kodin, Denise Snyder, AnMorgan Curry, and Joy Olney, have created art on the theme of “Thresholds,” which will be for sale, with Trish’s commission donated to BTS. We are extremely grateful to Trish for her support of our mission.
The Art Show Fundraiser will be held at Studio UFO, 301 West Holly St. (Bay & Holly), from 2:00 to 5:00 pm on May 15. Southside Jazz Trio will be playing, and Threshold Singers will demonstrate our service during the afternoon. The event will feature a wine wall — a fun way to donate to BTS. For $20 you can choose from a selection of wrapped bottles of wine, the value of which may be $10 to $45 dollars. Wine and snacks will be served. A minimum suggested donation of $5 is requested at the door.
In other news, we have thus far in 2016 sung at bedsides 180 times. We’ve added two Anchors since our last newsletter for a total of nine, with one on sabbatical. We added a new Sail and one moved away, so we still have 27 Sails. Our singers are kept very busy.
In March we held a grief circle for our members to share their losses and express their grief. It was a time of deep sharing and connection. A book was started, Giving Voice to Grief, in which members can write poems or other thoughts, draw or paste pictures, to share their feelings. We all need space to fully experience our feelings around losses in our lives, including the loss of people we have sung for.
Kate Munger, founder of Threshold Choir International, announced that the organization has won the Compassionate Care Leadership Award from the California Coalition for Compassionate Care.
Two of our members will attend the International All-Choir Gathering this summer in Chicago. It brings together members and directors from Threshold Choirs all over the United States and other countries and is a very inspiring weekend for all who attend.
BTS is organizing the Northwest Regional Threshold Choir Gathering in Leavenworth in October. We expect about 60 members of choirs in British Colombia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and nearby states and to come and share music, ideas and inspiration.
We’ve started a new class called Sisters in Song for our members to learn about the inner workings of BTS. So much has changed as we’ve grown over the past few years that even long-time members need to catch up on what’s new periodically.
Please check bellinghamthresholdsingers.org for updates on what we are up to; there’s a picture of Trish’s painting there. As you know, we are entirely volunteer, dependent on donations, and are a certified 501(c)3 organization.
Here’s to singing and joy, love and comfort.