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It's a Crosstown Christmas

Crosstown Harmony had our first ever Virtual Holiday Party on Zoom last night. The Admin Team packed up cookies and gifts and delivered them to all members over the weekend. Then last night, after singing songs and chatting, gifts were opened, games were played, cookies were eaten! Members presented a gift to Kari in appreciation of her hard work in this Year of Covid, and the Woman of Note award was presented to Toni Mitt, our outstanding member.

Even though we couldn’t be together, we were able to see one another for the last time this year.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to one and all. We’re looking forward to “Walking in Sunshine” in the Very Happy New Year!


Virtual Coaching? You Bet!

We may not be able to be together in person, but we are still hoaning our craft everyday. Crosstown Harmony welcomed special guest coaches Karen Sweeters and her sister Gina Kaiser to share their knowledge and skills in barbershop via our weekly virtual rehearsal. With over 35 years in Sweet Adelines International, Karen has gone from singing "on the risers" to directing Harmony on the Sound, 15 time North Atlantic Region 1 Champions, located in Trumball, Conneticut. She's also a Certified Judge in the Expression Category and has escalated to the top level of Sweet Adelines musicianship as a Master Director. Gina Kaiser is a Visual Specialist, Choreographer and Showmanship Judge extraordinaire. Together these two deliver outstanding guidance mixed with a great deal of fun.


A Spooky Open House

It sure was great to welcome some new faces to our weeky rehearsals. It was an evening filled with singing, laughing and a little Halloween fun. Thank you to all the guests that attended our Open House. If you are interested in joining a rehearsal and seeing what we are all about, please contact our Membership Coordinator Libbie [email protected] for more information. 


Fundraising for a Cause

Crosstown Harmony embarked on a new fundraiser this past summer and it was a kickin success. Crosstown members collected 114 bags of shoes. That's 2,848 pairs or a total weight of 2,752 pounds! Because of systemic poverty in many developing countries around the world, working-age adults have to create their own economic opportunities.The shoes we've collected serve as a philanthropic bridge to give people a hand-up and work opportunity. Micro-entrepreneurs set up small businesses. They sell the shoes we've gathered in their communities, which creates business and commerce opportunities leading to sustainability.


Coaching Fun!

Crosstown Harmony welcomed special guest coaches Karen Sweeters and her sister Gina Kaiser to share their knowledge and skills in barbershop during our semi-annual weekend retreat. With over 35 years in Sweet Adelines International, Karen has gone from singing "on the risers" to directing Harmony on the Sound, 15 time North Atlantic Region 1 Champions, located in Trumball, Conneticut. She's also a Certified Judge in the Expression Category and has escalated to the top level of Sweet Adelines musicianship as a Master Director. Gina Kaiser is a Visual Specialist, Choreographer and Showmanship Judge extraordinaire. Together these two lead Crosstown in a weekend of learning and fun. Thank you!


An afternoon with The Amazing Gray's Social Club

The Amazing Gray's Social Club Luncheon's is a ministry partnership with North Cape Lutheran Church as an outreach to the senior citizens in the community. Monthly events include entertainment, informational speakers and nutritious, homemade meals. Crosstown harmony was delighted to be invited to entertain this group! For more information about how you can join us and the Gray's Social Club visit their website https://www.raymondchurchucc.org/amazing-grays.html


Singing Valentine's

To us, there is no better gift than music. That's why we spend our Valentine's Day delivering Singing Valentines throughout the SE WI area. The smiles, the tears, and the joy it brings to the recipients is moving. Consider buying a Singing Valentine for your loved one next year!

 

 


Coaching with the best!

Crosstown Harmony welcomed special guest Gina Kaiser to rehearsal for an evening of learning and fun! Gina is a Visual Specialist, Choreographer and Showmanship Judge extraordinaire. She gave us a great visual plan for our upcoming competition. We can't wait to show off what we've learned on the competition stage.


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