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Members of the Floresville Musical Club were treated to a patriotic performance by ballet duet Natalie Allen and Emilie Billings on Dec. 14, during the club’s December meeting in the Floresville United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Natalie and Emilie, students with The Wilson Ballet, danced to a Christmas version of “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
“They have been performing since they were three and four years old,” said owner and artistic director Diana L. McCormack, who introduced the now 8- and 9-year old experienced dancers. “It’s a delightful, great way to kick off the season,” said Judy Whitley, Musical Club president.
President Whitley opened the meeting with a prayer and welcomed members and guests. December celebrants of birthdays or anniversaries were recognized and hostesses were introduced, including Denise Roy-Garcia, Carolyn Hill, Madeline Polasek, Katie Reed, Margaret Tollefson, Dorothy Uhlig, and student member Evelyn Hill. Courtesy Committee Chair Bea Ploch reported two members who were in need of prayer.
Marilyn Bohach, first vice president, introduced vocalist John Hanson, who has been entertaining in local nursing homes for 16 years with mostly country and gospel music. His renditions of 12 classic Christmas carols ranging from “Silver Bells” to “O Come, All Ye Faithful” were suitable for all to sing along to. He added favorites like “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” and “How Great Thou Art” for praise and variety.
Club Treasurer Linda Schulz closed the program with a tribute to the Musical Club’s Centennial Committee for its elaborate planning to commemorate its 100 years. After summing up the programs offered monthly in its celebration, Linda expressed her gratitude by giving out traditional party “goody bags.” President Whitley also thanked everyone for their “love offering.”
Christmas treats served by the hostesses were seasonal delicacies that included bite sizes of phyllo cups with chicken and cucumber salads, chocolate truffles, Mexican wedding cookies, peppermint almond bark, candied pecans, and cranberry punch.
The club’s upcoming January program will feature Floresville High School student art in “Artistic Endeavors.”
Lydia Martinez serves as reporter for the Floresville Musical Club.