Christmas Concerts


This weekend was a weekend of getting into the Christmas Spirit.  It started with a bus trip to Philadelphia with the school retirees.

Our Recreo committee planned a trip to go hear the Philly Pops Christmas Concert.  Although I have been to Philadelphia a few times I had never been to the Kimmel Center.  I didn’t even know where in Philly it was located.  Well, it is right in center city.

Before the concert we stopped at a Buca di Beppo for lunch.  This was also a first for me.  It was an interesting place with delicious food. We started with two salads, a house salad and a Caesar salad. That was followed by spaghetti with meat sauce, fettuccine Alfredo, and chicken parm.  Dessert was cheesecake.  Thought I might be too full to enjoy the show, but I wasn’t.

The show itself was great.  Joining the Pops were Mandy Gonzalez, the Pops chorus,  the African Gospel Choir, and the Melodica Men.  This was truly a great way to get into the holiday spirit.


Things continued on Sunday. The Schuylkill County Chorus held their annual Christmas concert at a local church.  We have been going to this concert for a few years because a friend of ours sings with them.  The first half of their concert features religious songs while the second half is composed of secular songs.



Here is our friend, Keith.


This was another great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

Of course, when the concert was finished we had to go out for dinner.  Keith had made reservations for a group at a local restaurant.  Another great meal.

It is hard to believe that Christmas is only a week away.  After this weekend I know that I am ready for it…at least mentally.



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11 responses to “Christmas Concerts

  1. Glad you had time to enjoy some wonderful concerts. I don’t think there’s anything like music to put one in the holiday spirit. Thanks for sharing your day!

  2. May your holiday season be festive and joyful. This looks and sounds like a series of uplifting events to prepare.

  3. Sounds like you had a good time, Bob! Hope you have the merriest of Christmases and much good fortune in 2020.

  4. Christmas concerts are a must to get into the Christmas spirit. Glad your outings were enjoyable. We also went to a Christmas Cantata at our friends’ church. It was full of spiritual joy and good cheer that was followed by an Italian dinner. There is something magical about the holidays that makes the holidays more than just a secular event.

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