A couple looks out over the fairgrounds, the spire of the Tunbridge Village Church, reaching to the sky behind them. (Herald / Nancy Cassidy)

T’bridge Fair Church Service Features Singers & Musicians


Submitted a year ago

Singers and musicians will again gather on World’s Fair Sunday to offer a musical service at the Tunbridge Church on Route 110 above the fairgrounds.

The service at 9:30 a.m. on September 17, marks the 49th year that the church has offered people a chance to begin the last day of the fair with songs of joy and inspiration.

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The theme this year is “God Loves Music.” Conductor Judie Lewis said she senses a particular excitement among those preparing for this upcoming service.

“I can’t help but think this is going to be the most joyous and memorable service yet.”

As is custom, the service is informal and come-as-you-are. The musical styles will range from raucous to meditative and include modern and old hymns, spirituals, blues, and classical music. There will be plenty of opportunity for participation, either singing along, clapping, or just enjoying. There will be a special participation song for children.

A group of professional area musicians has been assembled to accompany the singers on group songs. The musicians are Timothy James Howe, lead guitar; Norm Labrecque, rhythm guitar; David Indenbaum, bass; Bob Sparadeo, drums; and Dale Post, piano.

Among the songs offered will be “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” featuring Eve-Lynne Ermer and Ben Wolfe; “Good, Good Father,” featuring Isabella Amodeo; “Ten Thousand Reasons,” featuring Dawna Neron and Olivia Swayze; and “I Gotta Robe,” featuring Larry Owen.

In addition, Scott Paulson, Barbara Smith, Rich Meijer, and Pete Meijer are promising some foot-stomping, hand-clapping music. Maria Lamson and Nan Frost will do Vaughn Williams’ “Little Lamb.” Timothy James Howe with Connie Button is planning a rendition of “My Place in the Sun.” Nan Frost and Randy Hough will offer some jigs and reels. Priscilla Farnham will sing a fun spiritual, “Scandalize’ My Name.

Rounding out the service Elaine Howe, Felicity Swayze, Joshua Amodeo, and Janet Zug will read short Bible verses and poems celebrating song and dance. The Rev. David Wolfe will offer a benediction. More information from Lewis at 889-9490.

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