By Ruthie Windsor Mann
Special to the Rappahannock News
“This church exists primarily for those who do not as yet belong to it.” Living up to this sign hanging in the parish hall, Trinity Episcopal Church welcomed the community for a singalong benefit for the Rappahannock Food Pantry on Nov. 19.
In an effort to get the crowd going, the evening began with the participants standing and singing “God Bless America.” After that, Hal Hunter enthusiastically played the piano while Kay Wilson and Beverly Hunter led the cheerful crowd as they belted out such old favorites as “Sunny Side of the Street,” “Hello Dolly,” “Cabaret,” “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey,” and “Tea for Two.”
Judy Reidinger even brought out her guitar to play and sing one of her own compositions about Hazel Mountain. During another lively tune a few people will attest to the fact that in the back of the room the Rev. Jennings Hobson even attempted a soft shoe in cowboy boots.
Audience members were coaxed to the front to lead everyone in select songs. Having Norman Getsinger and Emerson Williams sing a duet of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” was a real crowd-pleaser as well as a wonderful photo opportunity. Paula Endo, Hobson and Wilson, holding her grandson, entertained the group while singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Those of Italian descent led “That’s Amore,” those who were representing the U.K. led “We’ll Meet Again,” and the Northerners led “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to the consternation of the Southerners, who were left out of the mix with the unfortunate absence of “Dixie.”
The event raised a staggering sum for the Food Pantry and fun was had by all ages for a worthwhile cause. In the event that Trinity schedules another sing-a-long, mark your calendars, open your wallet, warm up your singing voice, and appear. You won’t regret it. Perfect pitch is not a requirement.