1999-12-25 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

When Eileen Hussey Schmidt told me of a musical extravaganza, I
knew that with her magnificent talent and exceptional appreciation of
artistic creations I would be in for a treat. At Eileen's suggestion we
had a wonderful evening at St. Francis de Sales last week.

Each class at St. Francis de Sales school participated in an evening entitled a "Winter Wonderland". The president of the parents association, Patti Hannon, served as the coordinator for the appearance of each grade. Patti's contagious smile and excellent organizational skills helped the evening to be very successful. To assist her Patti had contacted the class mothers and two mothers were assigned to each class for each night of the show. Patti's outstanding leadership skills are very obvious.

The evening began with a presentation by the kindergarten children under the outstanding direction of the highly effective and talented Terry
Schmidt Boyle. Terry orchestrated the musical performance of the 90 kindergartners to the delight of everyone. Her creative talents and warm
spirit inspired the children to achieve their best.

Each class performed their own selection. The seventh grade sang "It's
Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas", the second grade sang "Over the River" and "Deck the Halls", the third grade sang "Come to the Manger", and "What Child is This?", the fourth grade sang "People Look East" and "The Infant King", the fifth grade sang "Let it Snow" and "Winter Wonderland", the sixth grade sang "Sleigh Ride" and the eighth grade sang "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?". The grand finale was the sixth, seventh and eighth
grade singing "The Hallelujah Chorus".

The decorations were beautiful. Each year Bogda Macuszewski demonstrates her great artistic flair and makes the auditorium a true "Winter

Lili Beth Hanson is the choreographer who worked with the first to
the eighth grade. She is highly effective and very skilled. She produced a
very entertaining show with 700 performers. It was a marvelous accomplishment.

Each parent created the costumes for the children. They looked great.

The music was magnificently performed by the Schmidt family. Each
one is talented and willing to share their musical gifts with us. Herman
Schmidt was at the keyboard, Kathy Schmidt Kenna played the flute, Michael Schmidt played the trumpet and Terry Schmidt Boyle directed the
kindergarten musical production.

The Schmidt family including Eileen are valued members of our
community. Their musical talents are with us at memorable points in our
lives such as weddings, anniversaries, annual holidays and other functions. They are an outstanding resource. They bring people together and create a warm and special atmosphere in our neighborhood.

Best wishes to everyone for a very happy holiday season.

We will begin the New Year with a meeting at our Ozone Park
Democratic Club on Monday, January 3, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. Connie Grabowski is our president. Please join us for an interesting and informative evening at the South Side Democratic Club at 95-09 101 avenue.


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