Saturday night the music school where The Maiden studies put on their year-end recital for students and a few invited musicians.

She did a great job on the contralto flute, playing an Air by J. Barrett for her solo. With the school quartet, she played “Sheep May Safely Graze,” by Bach, “Hornpipe,” by H. Purcell, and “Il Est Bel et Bon?,” an anonymous piece from the 17th century. With the majority of the students, she played a German Christmas song, the “Flintstones” song, and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” (Coming up: photos and a video clip.)

As in recent years, the recital was held in the cultural center, Espaço Mário Covas, the former municipal government building. Attendance was around 70-80 people.

Of that number, some 18 people from the church went to hear The Maiden play, both from SJCampos and Taubaté. Afterwards, everyone piled in at our house, and we ordered pizza. Our little living room was hot and crowded, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the fellowship.

Toward the end, around 11 p.m., one brother, here in our area visiting his son for the holidays, bopped out a poem and read it in honor of the evening.

Since they live in São Paulo and attend in SJCampos and Taubaté with us, Jorge, Paula, and Daniel spent the night with us, and we talked with Joel, Tansy, and Eden on Skype after the main group left for the night.

At church on Sunday people commented how much they enjoyed the evening and the fellowship. We ought to do more things like this, times to be together. Used to, we hosted a lot of barbecues here at our house, but have done that less in recent years, in hopes, I suppose, that others would step in. And some have, to a degree.

What do you think?