All but the last twenty minutes of the concert are shown in videos below, for your reminiscing enjoyment. SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW The videos are not the best, but that combined with your memories of that weekend many years ago, will bring a smile to your face.
To our late mentor – Sue Ann Beveridge – we want to say Thank you for the Music, the fun and the memories of being “kids – one more time”.
Sometimes memories stay locked up and never surface.
Sometimes people shout, “Remember when we…..” and bring memories to the forefront.
Rarely does someone do something to bring those memories back to life, as if we could go back in time to bring memories flying into the present.
September 29th  will be an afternoon of bringing memories and mentors back from our memories into the reality of our present life.
Sue Ann Beveridge walked out on to the stage of the Cameron County High School auditorium and after a brief retirement of fourteen years, she raised her baton to lead a chorus of nearly 100 voices. That act brought smiles, music, laughter and tears to six hundred of her closest friends and former students in the audience.
When Hometown Mentors, Inc. said we will sponsor a choral concert with Sue Ann Beveridge conducting, Facebook friends said, “Let’s sing with Ms. B one more time, just like we did before.”
Volunteers in Emporium, led by Cathy Ostrum Swarmer and Pat Stengel Harrier, asked to help plan and work the event. Former students came back home to give back love to Sue Ann and show her how much they thought of her teaching and mentoring back in the late 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
The singers flew and drove from Alaska, California, New Mexico, Georgia, Florida, Texas and other states. They drove from New York, Virginia and all corners of Pennsylvania to sing, one more time, under the direction of their favorite teacher, who some say was “the best music teacher ever.”
Whether Sue Ann Beveridge was the best teacher or not, Hometown Mentors, Inc. was pleased to present her with the first ever “Hometown Mentors Lifetime Achievement Award”. She was escorted by Judy and Jerry Sasala and all past and current teachers in the Cameron County Area School District stood and were recognized during the concert.
The program began with the CCHS band, under the direction of Dan Sensenig. The Singing Dutchmen, under the direction of Ed Schwer, came from around the area to sing for the event.
Ken Ostrum sang a number and Jan Hampton sang a solo in the chorus rendition of an Abba song, “Thank You For the Music.”
David Labrozzi, Vice President of CBS Radio in Baltimore, MD, was the celebrity Master of Ceremonies and the audience got to take part in some singing of their own.
All participants were so excited to be singing together again and tickets were $5.00 for the event.
(Tickets and sales banners were printed courtesy of the Cameron County Echo)
The concert took place on Sunday, September 29, 2013, starting at 1:00 pm in the CCHS auditorium. Songs included: “Proud to be an American”, “Let There be Peace on Earth”, “Day by Day” and more by Billy Joel, James Taylor and the Beatles. The audience was singing and tapping their toes because they weren’t be able to sit still.
The singers reserved over 150 tickets for family and friends, and we expected a sell out crowd.