What’s new at NSUU.org

We’ve been making some revisions and additions to NSUU.org during the past week. The most significant is the addition of a page for Music in the Woods, our new monthly concert program. As you can see, it has its own tab in the upper right-hand corner. The current schedule is tentative, so check back often. We’ll post upcoming shows on the church blog, and all dates are now listed on the online Calendar of Events.

Also, the list of coffee hosts for 2010-’11 has been posted under Member Resources. If you can’t remember which weeks you are supposed to host, just visit NSUU.org.

Finally, our Religious Education page has been shrunk to a placeholder pending more information. As you know, we are embarking on a new, all-ages RE program this fall, so stay tuned for more details.

Schedule for summer music rehearsals

A message from our music director, Judy Putnam.

To all you wonderful NSUU singers:

Well, we’re right in the thick of the summer heat, aren’t we?

I’m sending you a list of random rehearsal dates in July, August, and September, and I’m hoping for the best! Come if you can to as many of these as possible and what we sing in the fall will emerge. I’ve staggered the nights of the week so as to accommodate travel/vacation schedules, but we will sing on these dates and I look forward to seeing you, discussing musical possibilities, catching up and of course, having fun!

Please feel free to come with any ideas you may have for the group. Also, feel free to bring a friend who may be interested in making music some evening and perhaps joining us in the fall.

  • Wednesday, July 14, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 20, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 18, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 24, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 28, 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 4, 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 7, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 11, 9:30 a.m.

The rehearsals have been listed on the online Calendar of Events as well.

Stomping for the benefit of NSUU

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The Squeezebox Stompers

The Squeezebox Stompers will perform at a concert and dance to benefit the Northshore UU Church on Saturday, November 14, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. The band plays a rootsy blend of New Orleans-style music.

The concert, to be held at the church, will feature refreshments, door prizes, and more. Tickets are $15, with children admitted free.

To order advance tickets, call the church at (978) 774-7582 or send an e-mail to nsuu {at} verizon {dot} net.

All Hallows Eve intergenerational concert

Jim Scott

Jim Scott

Jim Scott, a singer-songwriter and Unitarian Universalist environmentalist, will perform an intergenerational concert at the Northshore Church with an All Hallows Eve theme on Friday, October 30, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Children and adults may come in costume if they like. There will be a costume parade and contest during intermission. Please contact the church office if child care is needed during the second set.

Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $7 to $15 apiece, or $25 per family.

Joy in the Fall goes doo-wop

The G-Clefs

The G-Clefs

Joy in the Fall, the Northshore UU Church’s fourth annual fall fun fundraiser, will be held at the church this Saturday, September 26, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Our featured artists are the G-Clefs, one of the original doo-wop groups of the ’50s and ’60s. Together with their five-piece band, these five guys have been together since the beginning, four brothers and a friend. Their performance will give us a retrospective of the entire doo-wop repertoire. The dance floor will welcome us, and four of our own teens will be performing with the G-Clefs as their back-up group.

The members of the congregation are bringing homemade appetizers and desserts. We will serve coffee and tea, and a cash bar will offer soft drinks, beer and wine.

This is a wonderful evening that will help our church raise $5,000 to support our facilities and our programming. Tickets are $35, each, $25 of which is tax-deductible.

The meeting room will be set up in theater style to maximize the space and make room for a dance floor. We will also offer VIP table service for an additional $50. This provides a small table for your group and wait service for soft drinks, food, coffee and tea. We only have six VIP tables, two of which are already sold, so if you want this extra service, please reserve your VIP table now.

Ask your friends to join in the fun. Bring your neighbors. Make it a family affair.

For information and ticket reservations, please contact Andrea Kaiser at ccstpg {at} verizon {dot} net.

Help us celebrate the start of fall and meet our fundraising goals.

Come sing with us

The Family Singers and the Adult Singing Group welcome anyone in the congregation who has sung in a group in the past, has been a soloist, has thought about singing in a group, or has simply had a hankering to sing in a group to join us this fall in bringing music to our church community.

You need only a few qualifications: the ability to carry a tune (if you can sing “Happy Birthday,” you’re in); a desire to make music with others in our community; a general love of all kinds of music; and a good sense of humor. There is no audition required.

The Family Singers began last September consists of about 12 people. We would love to expand to a much greater number. This group is open to everyone of all ages, including parents with their children, individuals, and friends outside the church. We sing a variety of music that is fairly simple to learn. You do not need to be able to read music. African proverb: If you can talk, you can sing!

The Singing Group has been together for several years, and we would love to welcome new participants. More is usually better when singing in a group. We sing music from a variety of sources, from simple to challenging, encompassing classical, folk, ethnic, pop, and beyond. We meet most Sundays at 9 a.m. before the service.

Our rehearsal schedule is as follows:

Saturday, August 23

  • Singing Group, 9 a.m.
  • Family Singers, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 26

  • Family Singers, 7 p.m.
  • Singing Group, 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 30

  • Singing Group, 9 a.m.
  • Family Singers, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 2

  • Family Singers, 7 p.m.
  • Singing Group, 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 7

  • Singing Group, 9 a.m.
  • Family Singers, 9:45 a.m.

These dates have been listed on the church calendar as well.

We guarantee you lots of fun, and consider this: There’s been lots of research that proves singing has a positive impact on both mind and body. For more information, call our music director, Judy Putnam, at (978) 356-8880.