Wow, and what fun!

Wow, and what fun!

The Christmas Pops concert this past weekend produced a combination of incredible music, glamour mixed with down-home gentility, festivities, and pure ol’ fun, all in the beautifully decorated Sid Richardson Hall on the Austin College campus. Who would ever have imagined a gymnasium/auditorium could become such a fantasy land, with Christmas trees everywhere, poinsettias placed across the front of the stage, and all sorts of decorations spread in every direction, even up. It was so well decked out, I felt as if I were back at my high school prom.

Sherman Symphony Orchestra maestro Daniel Dominick had promised a fun evening of music, especially concentrating on a tribute to composer and former Boston Pops arranger Leroy Anderson. Anderson wrote “Sleigh Ride,” a Christmas classic composed in 1948. The second half even included one ditty with some fiddle music coming from those violins.

Dominick had also promised a special guest performer, and delivered on that, too. It was a Carol Burnett moment, actually a moment that Carol Burnett would have loved herself. It all began as the clean-up lady came out, broom in hand, appearing surprised that the crowd was still there. But, then, she got distracted by a typewriter, which was apparently calling her name.

As she began to strike the old keys, the orchestra fired up Anderson’s “The Typewriter” (circa 1950) and the clean-up lady’s plastic face boldly molded with the emotions of the piece (if such a piece can have emotions) as her fingers kept perfect rhythm. Later, I learned that cleaning lady was none other than symphony board member Karen Tooley. Move over, Carol! There’s a new sheriff in town!

The auditorium/gym resounded with the sounds of Christmas carols sang in full force by the 700 or so people in the concert hall, the orchestra members having donned their Santa caps by then. I can hardly wait now until next year.

But wait. These guys and gals are already in rehearsals for the next show, March 3.

‘nuf said.

Happy birthday Thursday to Alex Walston of Pottsboro; Mike Byrd and twins, Rachelle Irene Ponder and Micheal Black Hill, all of Denison; Glenna Perrin, Marcus Jackson, Terry Rathfon, Lyndon Trotter, Marie Pruitt, Katlyn Sterling and Maysia Taylor, all of Sherman; Ray Hinton of Grandview, Mo.; King Durwood White of Spring, Texas; Daryl Jay Talbot of Shawnee, Okla.; Bailey Roland of Celina; Dan Shugart of Yantis, Texas; Ethan Gibbs of Bonham.

Happy anniversary Thursday to John and Janet Raines of Denison, 50 years.