Fordham Choir at Mission

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:21 PM by Laverne Buckman   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 8:11 PM ]

Fordham University Choir
Photo from the Fordham University website

The Fordham University Choir will perform Wednesday, January 12th at 7:00 P.M. at Mission San Miguel for a suggested donation of $5.00 per individual or $15.00 per family.

The University Choir is a select mixed ensemble comprised of students from Fordham University’s Rose Hill (Concert Choir) and Lincoln Center (Chamber Singers) campuses. The choir's repertoire of sacred and secular music is representative of the finest choral tradition.

The choir keeps a full performance schedule that includes five campus concerts and an annual tour. The choir often performs at various venues in the New York metropolitan area, including Carnegie Hall, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Highlights of each choir season include the Family Weekend Mass, the Festival of Lessons and Carols each December, and the Spring Concert, which features a major choral work with orchestra.

Past performances include Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, and Mozart's Requiem. The choir has performed in many major U.S. cities, such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Internationally, the choir has performed in Italy, Spain, and Canada.

This year's tour includes Paso Robles High School alumna Rebecca Horne. This special performance marks the choir's Central Coast debut on their California tour! For more information visit the choir's website.

Magic Light Parade 
Undampened by Rain

San Miguel Magic Light Parade poster
Poster artwork by Lillian Larsen students

A good sized crowd filled downtown despite rain all day for the 19th Annual San Miguel Magic Light Parade on December 18th at 6:00 PM. The fun filled evening was blessed with a break in the rain during the duration of the parade and visit from Santa. All parade entries were festively lighted as they streamed along Mission street in San Miguel.

The parade was lead by the Veteran's Honor Guardholding unfurled flags, followed by Native Daughters of the Golden West, and San Miguel Fire Engines decked out with antlers, lights and music. Gib and Laverne Buckman brought their four "reindogs" with greetings fromWhite Oak Mobile Home Park.

Christmas parade photos
Photos from the Magic Light Parade

High Gear Ranch was a real crowd pleaser with VW dune buggy style "bugs" strung with lights and revving their engines. The San Miguel Lions Club float had the most lights with Santa's sled and reindeer flying overhead. TheLillian Larsen Healthy Hornets touted a banner for healthy eating and activity while passing out apples and oranges to the crowd. Radio Station KPRL's Kevin Will and Dick Mason rode in the back of a decorated pickup truck and the Mission Pizza folks strutted their stuff while advertising Spaghetti being served on Tuesdays.Charlie Shain drove a float with candy cane lights accompanied by festive bicyclists. Willie Montgomerywowed the crowed with his Harley Davidson Electra Glide loaded with over 30 stuffed animals and toys.

The San Miguel Fire Department's antique fire engine delivered Santa Claus riding on top while waving to cheering fans. The fire truck entry had earlier won 1st place in the Paso Robles Christmas Parade per emcee Frank Mecham. Kids enjoyed visiting with Santa at the San Miguel Fire Station immediately following the parade.

A contest was held to create the parade poster at Lillian Larsen School. Kimberly Texta and Felicity Hamamotowon the contest with their creative artwork and will be awarded art supplies.

San Miguel Lions Club
First place parade winners were San Miguel Lions Club. 
Photo courtesy of Paso Robles Press

Parade winners were awarded unique trophies created byS and S Plasma Arts and Parts with their bases made by carpenter Richard Decateur. Their design reflected the snowman art from the poster contest. The parade winners were announced and presented their trophies bySupervisor Frank Mecham who also served as a parade announcer.

First Place trophy went to the San Miguel Lions Club,Second Place was awarded to Montgomery on his Harley Davidson, and Third Place went to the Healthy Hornets entry accepted by Madison Moore and Ashley Coates.

A very special thank you goes to the parade organizers and participants who persevered through the rainy day to make the event possible! Fire Chief Roland Snow and the San Miguel Volunteer Fire Dept worked through the rain to orchestrate the event to be safe and fun for everyone.

A big thanks go to our parade sponsors: San Miguel CSD, San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters, Elkhorn Bar, The Ranch, Oak Leaf Equipment, Brown's Cycles, Mission Pizza, Dos Padres Mexican Restaurant, Sid Carter Master Upholsterer, San Miguel Garbage Co, Mission Market and Deli, The Country Diner, Mission Variety, Spyco Construction, The Blueprinter and the San Miguel Resource Connection.

A special Chili Cook Off was held in memory of Jesus Saenz who had served as Santa Claus each year at the fire station.

The contest was held at the old Coffee Station, currently undergoing major remodeling. Donations were raised from the event to benefit the Saenz family.

The cook off was a close contest with tasters voting for their favorite. First place was won by Chef Dallas of the Tenth St. Basque Cafe.

Senator Visits Larsen Students

Senator Blakeslee talks to students
Photo courtesy of Blakeslee newsletter

On a visit to Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel, I was impressed with the intelligent questions the students had prepared for me. With more than sixty kids in attendance, it was quite a crowd! I had the great opportunity to talk with them about the importance of math and science, and remaining competitive in school in order to open future doors of opportunity. With great advocates from the top down, including Superintendent Curtis Dubost, their focus on putting every dollar they can into classroom resources will ensure these bright students have every chance to succeed.

Last month, I participated in a series of meetings with Superintendents and Trustees from all five counties in my district. Much like the educators in San Miguel, I was extremely impressed with the extraordinary effort they are making to use their very limited resources to serve students in such dynamic ways.  - Story from Sam Blakeslee newsletter