Follen Blog

Blessing the Organ . . . with a Mad Lib!

Last Sunday, February 9, we did a Mad Lib for Blessing Follen’s Newly-Refurbished Organ! Here’s what it’s supposed to be: When the Unitarian Universalist congregation in neighboring Stoneham announced it was closing, selling its building, and offering its historic organ to another UU church that would be able to restore it and give it a … Continued

Invitation to One-Act Opera Premieres

Dear friends, 
 
I am writing to let you know that on Saturday February 15 at 7 p.m. (yes, please note, 7 NOT 8!) and on Sunday February 16 at 3 p.m., the Tufts Opera Ensemble will be presenting the world premieres of my two one-act chamber operas, The Nightingale and the Rose and The Happy PrinceThe libretti are adaptations by yours truly of the two eponymous Oscar Wilde tales: exquisite melancholy/comic stories about the sacrifices required by genuine love in its various guises.


The performances are in the hands of many wonderfully talented Tufts students, under the brilliant and fearless guidance of stage director and voice teacher extraordinaire, Carol Mastrodomenico. The small chamber orchestra is conducted by Tufts Junior Iverson Eliopoulos.

 
The performances are at Distler Hall in the Granoff Center, Tufts’ music building on Talbot Avenue (part of the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus). They are free – no tickets are required. There is parking available on Talbot Avenue, and in the parking lot behind Granoff – the Tufts police do NOT ticket on performance weekends…
 
I hope to see many of you there! This is a very exciting occasion for me!
 
All the very best always,
Thomas

A March visit from Jozsef and Anna

The Partner Church Committee is excited to announce that Jozsef and Anna Szombatfalvis will be visiting us in March as a gift from our partner church in Transylvania. Jozsef is a wood carver and will be making a table for us to celebrate the completion of our new construction. The service on March 8 will … Continued

Meeting Melanie DeMore

It was a busy few days with Melanie DeMore! Have a look at some captured scenes, and make sure to come to the concert this Friday evening in the Sonin Music Room! Click on any picture to enlarge. And here’s a video with the youth:

February Spiritual Exercise: Loyalty

February – Loyalty This is a juicy one. One synonym of loyalty is fidelity: faithfulness. We can be faithful to a person, an ideal, a promise, a way of life… We can be faithful spouses, faithful friends, faithful recyclers… there are a lot of ways to practice loyalty and fidelity. Faithfulness is something many humans … Continued

Job Opening: Business Administrator

Search Committee Appointed With Sarah Garner’s departure looming in late March, Program Council President Rosemary Trowbridge has appointed a search committee to hire a new church administrator. The committee consists of Mark Metzger, chair, Rev. Claire, Betsy Leutz, Anne Engelhart, and George Grady. The committee’s goal is to have a new administrator in place by … Continued

New Follen Photo Directory!

Don’t Be a Blank! Great news, we’re working on a Follen Photo Directory, including address and other information, that can be viewed as a PDF, or printed out by you. BUT we need your photos if they aren’t already uploaded to the Follen Breeze website. Send a family and/or individual photo to Sarah Garner at … Continued

Bridges: Follen Music Events for 2019-2020

“Bridges” is a series of 15 performances by a wide range of familiar and treasured musicians, many taking place in the new Epp Sonin Music Center of Follen Church. Unless indicated otherwise, admission is Pay What You Decide – no advance tickets. Further details for each program will be posted one month prior, or can … Continued