Upcoming Events


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Summer Visits to AME Churches

All Follenites are warmly invited to go to a service at St. Paul AME Church in Cambridge (where our Neighboring Faiths RE class has attended services) and, in continuation of our Urban Church Music Friendships Initiative, we’ll also go to a July service at Charles Street AME Church in Roxbury. When we attended last summer, we were welcome beyond our wildest dreams, and Reverend Gregory Groover’s sermon about inclusion and acceptance was truly inspiring. Charles Street is a historic institution with a remarkable music program, highlighting a wide range of gospel and spiritual traditions. They are also the home of the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy, the unique and visionary program with whom Follen choirs collaborated in March – HGMAA provides Roxbury & Dorchester youth the opportunity to develop impressive musical skills using traditional African-American music as their learning’s foundation. To attend either of the AME church services on July 7 or July 21, you can either meet up at the church or arrange shared transportation through Director of Music Vivian Montgomery.

July 7: Service at St. Paul in Cambridge is at 9:30am. You can meet me and others at the church at 9:15 or we can arrange shared transportation. Contact Vivian at musicdirector@follen.org.


Parking, Access, and Safety During Construction

Update from COG (Construction Oversight Group)

Never fear, Follenites! Despite outward appearances, you will be able to get into the Sanctuary during construction!

Parking

All the regular lots will be available and we will set aside the Mass Ave. spaces in front of Follen for folks with limited mobility. You can park along the fence on the Waldorf drive, but there won’t be a sidewalk, so take care. Please don’t park on Barnes Place (behind Marshman) – we are keeping the contractors from parking there and ask that you don’t either, at any time. Our neighbors there already have a lot to put up with!
A note about Follen’s parking lot:  please do not park there on weekdays between the hours of 7 and 5.  At those times Waldorf teachers use the left side, and our contractors need the right side available on very short notice for staging equipment and materials.  Feel free to use the lot in the late afternoon, evenings and weekends.
Since parking will be limited at Follen, if you have ever thought about biking to church, this fall would be a great time to try!

Access

The walkway up to the Sanctuary front entry will be compacted dirt, until paving can go in. It will be safe for walking and for walkers. While we have a temporary ramp up to the Marshman floor level, for access to the offices, meeting room and accessible bathroom, we will not be able to have a temporary ramp into the Sanctuary right away. We will have a charming Port-a-Potty to the left of the entry, and of course, there will be bathrooms in the Waldorf School, where we will be having Hospitality Hour!

Safety

Please do not go through the fencing and into the construction site…however tempting! It is an active site and we don’t want to slow down our contractors by asking to give tours. We COG folks all have to wear hardhats and close-toed shoes just to have our site meetings: there are too many dangerous conditions to allow tours yet

Progress

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Alice and Valerie

Join Our Choirs!

Adult Choir

Adult Choir is open to everyone. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm at the Sacred Heart Lower Level, with September 9 as our first Sunday singing. New members are still welcome!

Children’s Choir and Youth Choir

Children’s Choir (any and all grades 1-5) is on Mondays 4:00-4:45, starting Monday, September 10, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level.

Youth Choir (any and all grades 6-12) is on Mondays 5:15-6:15, both starting on Monday September 10, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level.

Choir Connection Time (LIMBO)
Note that this fall we’ll have a 30-minute Choir Connection Buffer 4:45-5:15, for which all choir kids are encouraged to be present. This is a time that we’ll bring together members of both choirs for such special activities as creating a choir covenant, working on solo and small group pieces, playing instruments, or just hanging out and playing games!

Come January, this connection time will be used for working on choruses for our operetta, Iolanthe, so it will be required of all operetta participants. Remember, in order to participate in the operetta, you need to be in Children’s or Youth Choir.

Please get in touch with Director of Music Vivian Montgomery if you’re interested in joining any choirs or if you have questions – .

Looking forward to seeing you all soon for another big year of singing and playing!

Adult Choir Calendar 2018-19

Children’s and Youth Choir Calendar 2018-19