Greetings to all of my faithful readers out there and for any mothers I want to wish you a Happy Mother's Day. This week I thought I would share some highlights from our Leadsheet in 1994 to give you a taste of what we were doing then. In our first Leadsheet of the year edited by "A Lesbian with a Sense of Humor," Karen McMickle, there was an item for a get together to welcome all the new members at the home of our Administrative Director, Phill Barber. There was also the first notice for our spring retreat to prepare for our spring concert "It's About Love." It was held on March 4-6 at Camp Lomamar in the Santa Cruz mountains. For the new members, retreats are where we "bond" with each other on a VERY personal basis, where we perfect the music, and where we learn the choreography for the upcoming concert. The cost for the retreat was $75 and Eve Benton was the retreat coordinator.
There was also information about our trip to Seattle to sing with the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus and the Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir on Saturday, April 16. We will be flying to Seattle and all the actual costs and registration forms for those going will be forthcoming. By the way this was a really fun weekend meeting and spending time with these singers and a great opportunity to perform for a new audience. Also in the calendar were the dates for our regular rehearsals, our retreat, our tech and dress rehearsals and for two Production Committee meetings in January and February. In the calendar in following Leadsheets there was notice for our gig with the Widow Norton's (Jose Sarria) visit to the gravesite of the Emperor Norton. Also included in the Leadsheets was our mission statement - "To provide education and affirmation regarding the positive contributions of lesbians and gay men through the universal language of music as reflected in our motto 'Together in Harmony.'"
In the next Leadsheet there was a column by Tim O'Bayley, the chair of the Production Committee, talking about our upcoming show "It's About Love" and what he and Pat Parr had envisioned for it. It took place at the Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason and would mark our fourth time in this venue. Publicity would include our new season brochure as well as posters and flyers, as well as paid ads in the local lesbigay press. We would be going minimalist with both set and costumes, with costume changes simplified. Paul Ellis is desigining the set along with Pat to be abstract, minimalist colorful and portable to go with us to Seattle. We will be selling ads for our program to help cover that cost and to make a little extra money for the chorus. One more thing that was included in these Leadsheets were the lyrics for the music that we would be singing in the upcoming concert. We also had rehearsal tapes to listen to that helped with our memorization of our music. Pat was also putting out the word for ideas for music for the Pride Concert.
AS of July 28 we had a new Leadsheet editor, Sam Pizalato. He asked that we return our vests which we wore in the Pride Concert to our Wardrobe Warden Mary Cantrell. Again it was time for our fall retreat to take place on the weekend of September-October 2. It would be at Camp Harmon in the Santa Cruz mountains and Eve Benton was once again the retreat coordinator. In the calendar Sam included the birthdays of members so we would know who to celebrate. There was also a performance schedule starting with the Mr. & Ms. Cheeks & Chaps fundraiser on August 19 at the Eagle, a tree planting for Don Killam at the AIDS Memorial Grove on August 20, the P-Flag Convention at the Hyatt Regency Ball Room on September 4, the retreat, our dress rehearsals at the venues in Oakland and San Francisco on October 19 and 20 and concerts on the 21 and 22, the Persons with AIDS Thanksgiving Day dinner on November 24, the Castro Tree Lighting on December 3, the Godfather Service Fund caroling on December 11 and the Persons with AIDS Christmas Eve dinner on December 24. So as you all can see we had a very busy year in 1994 and we all grew closer as we prepared for all of these performances and shared our love of music with our audiences.
Well my lovelies, that is all for this week so I hope you enjoy this blog and I will be bringing you something new next week. Take care of yourselves, hug your loved ones now that we can, please let me hear your feedback and your ideas about future History Corners.
In love and harmony, Michael Lucero