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Planning already underway for cantata

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While it may not be fall yet, let alone winter, Diane Maxey already is thinking about the holiday season—and that means the “Christmas cantata.”

Those interested in singing in this year’s Christmas cantata are encouraged to come out to a listening session on Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church.

“It’s called ‘Hope has Hands’ this year. It’s really pretty, and very easy,” Maxey said yesterday. “It’s a listening session, so if anyone’s interested, they can come out and listen so we can get started.

“It’s a little early, but I want to give [the music] to them and give them time to work on it,” she added.

Cantata participants will be required to pay a small fee (probably about $15) to get a CD, which they’ll be asked to listen to for a few weeks before the cantata rehearsals actually start.

Maxey said the cantata itself is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church.

It’s possible the cantata also will be performed over in International Falls during the Christmas season, but those details will be sorted out closer to that time of year.

“We encourage anybody that hasn’t come out before to come out, as well as returnees, please,” smiled Maxey.

In other music-related news, Maxey said the local handbell choir is starting up again.

“We’re going to give it another shot,” said Maxey, adding that after getting a positive response at an information session last Saturday, the handbell choir will be keeping its loaner bells for a while longer—and even has a couple of performances planned in the coming months.

She noted anybody who is interested can come out a meeting this Sunday (Sept. 14) from 3-5 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church.

“Anybody new that’s interested in working with the handbell group, they’re more than welcome to come out,” said Maxey, adding she really wants to see some local young people give it a try.

The handbell group will meet every second Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at St. John’s (the 3-5 p.m. timeslot this Sunday is due to the Terry Fox Run). They’re also going to start having open evenings during the week when handbell choir members can drop by and practice on their own.

“It’s really hard otherwise because they can’t take them home,” noted Maxey. “You can’t be lugging them around.”

Anyone with questions regarding the cantata or handbell choir can contact Maxey at 274-7309.

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