BTS News – July 2014

We have been busy! In May and June, we sang at bedsides 100 times. We also staffed a table at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market one Saturday, participated in a panel and demonstration for a class at Western, and did a presentation for faith community nurses and health ministers.

Now it’s summer, and we are planning to participate in a couple of summer events — Senior Day in the Park and Skillshare Faire.

Senior Day is at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale on August 6, from 10 am to 2 pm. We are among many agencies and service providers to seniors who will be represented. Our booth consists of an information table and a cozy tent where those who want to experience our singing can rest in a reclining chair and receive our gift of loving song. Free. Come on by!

Skillshare Faire is on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24, also at Hovander. The idea is that folks who have a skill they want to share will be able to do so, and a wide variety of skills are offered. We will be there on Sunday only, from 10 am to 4 pm. Again, we will have a booth where we can sing to people, as well as an information table. We will also do a couple of presentations to let folks know more about what we do, and maybe teach a song or two! A fun day to learn all kinds of interesting stuff. $10 entry fee (Sunday).

In October, we will have a booth at the Art of Death exhibition to be held at the Majestic. We have been asked to sing at their Friday evening artists’ reception and also on Saturday.

In the fashion department (!), we’ve made multicolored silk scarves to wear when we sing at such events (yes, we dyed them ourselves!). They’re as close to a formal uniform as we will get! But it’s an identifying, unifying mark of our membership and service.

The Compassionate Singing class devised and taught by Janis Walworth, with assistance from our anchors, was a smashing success. From it, we have 6 much-needed new sails and several others still honing their skills. The class will be offered again this fall, starting Sept. 16. It will comprise 12 weeks of instruction and discussion (and homework!), including 6 rehearsals. Please spread the word if you know anyone who might be interested. Contact Janis (janis@gendersanity.com) for more information or to sign up.

Nine of our members have signed up for the annual Pacific Northwest regional gathering of Threshold Choir International, to be held this year in September at Still Meadow Retreat Center near Portland. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to learn from other groups, to sing new and old songs, and to renew our faith in the power of music.

A note about fundraising. Our 2014 budget is about $7000, covered by donations and grants from outside sources. We don’t require membership dues because we want any woman who wants to join us to be able to do so freely (literally and figuratively). However anyone, member or not, can donate. There is a Paypal option at our website, bellinghamthresholdsingers.org. Donations can also be made by check (send to BTS, PO Box 5303, Bellingham 98227). A good bit of our budget goes to providing training and other opportunities for learning, in addition to the nuts and bolts that any organization needs to function. If anyone notices an event or another way for a nonprofit like ours to raise money, please contact Janis Walworth at janis@gendersanity.com.

We can use help in others ways too. We have many volunteer opportunities for those who wish to donate their time. Tasks range from those that can be done at home with a computer (such as webmistress) or a phone (answering inquiries) to others that require being at rehearsals (setting up chairs). Some are time limited, while others could be done indefinitely if you desire. To inquire about volunteering, call Janis at 927-4384.

You are always welcome at any rehearsal, second and fourth Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30, at Jerns, 800 E Sunset, enter from James St. Please come.

Thank you for your support of the Bellingham Singers.

 

 

 

 

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