And now we are 17!
The 17th BFS Birthday Party on December 2 was a grand celebration. Cloth banners honored the hundreds of people who have played in the All Comers Band since 2005, and we remembered dear ones who are no longer with us. We welcomed first-timers and familiar friends, continued to settle into the lovely First Church venue, and danced exuberantly. The All Comers Band, led by Benjamin Foss, played glorious music while Lisa Newcomb & Chrissy Fowler called the Community Dance; the contra dancers whooped and hollered for the magical musicianship of Julie Metcalf, Sam Bartlett & Max Newman; and Will Mentor’s leadership facilitated dancing that was both satisfying and safe. It was really, really fun!
To continue the festive spirit, we’ll bring out the beads and party hats again on January 6 when the Gawler Family takes the contra stage.
A grateful shout-out to volunteers who helped set up, greet people at the welcome table, sweep, and clean up: Ken K, Klove A, Ethan T, Elsie G, Dean A, David S, Theo F, Christina B, Bill F, Coral B, Julia Mc-P, Margo B, Morgan C, Tim C, Steve B, Alex M, Anne D, Kay Z, Lisa N and so many others who pitched in!
Speaking of pitching in, a dozen donors made Annual Appeal gifts at the dance. Thank you!
We’ll close with some words from a dancer:
This is why BFS exists. We are abundantly grateful too.