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Walton County Snowbirds: Music is in the air for area snowbirds

Debra Wynn
Walton Sun

A Music Series will be presented at 1 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 24 at Christ the King Episcopal Church on North County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Performances by regional classical musicians are featured, and there are lectures and demonstrations on the music of the great composers. A nominal donation of $5 is suggested. David Ott, coordinator, can be reached at 267-3332 for more information. These sessions are open to the public.

At the same location, Ott and Friends will offer a concert series. On Feb. 2, chamber music will be performed, and Beethoven’s “4th Symphony” will be presented on Feb. 16. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with performances running from 3-4 p.m. There is no charge for attendance. A free will offering will be taken.

The Walton County Snowbird Singers, led and accompanied by Adele Armitage, will perform at the last general meeting of the season Feb. 19 at Santa Rosa Community Church. At present there are about two dozen singers, many of them repeat members from other seasons. Adele said it may not be too late to join them for 2019-2020. Just contact her at a.armitage@mchsi.com or call 860-865-5590 to make arrangements to meet.

There are a few additional expenses beyond registration as a member of the organization. Singers are asked to provide a black binder to hold music. There is a fee for the music itself.

The music at last season’s concert was all gospel, but this time there is an eclectic mix chosen by Adele, who is also the full-time musical director of St. Rita’s Church in Santa Rosa Beach. This is her fourth year with the Walton County Snowbirds.

Adele began playing piano at the age of 5. During her college years in Niceville as a scholarship student studying music, she played piano and organ at local churches. Later, after returning from living in Ohio, she was hired as organist at a local house of worship.

Her enjoyment in working with the Snowbird Singers is evidenced on the registration form, found at www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com, by her offer to work individually with members of the group.

At their general meeting Jan. 22, the Walton County Snowbirds recognized Melissa Middendorf of Cincinnati, Ohio, as the 1,000th person to register for the 2019-2020 season. She and her husband, Ed, have been WCS members for four years.

Sharon and Gary Pinylo, co-presidents of the club, presented Melissa with a basket containing items contributed by members of the board of directors who chose gifts representing their individual home states or provinces.

Also at the meeting, Jan and Len Hoover, incoming co-second vice presidents, and Michael Quinn, incoming co-treasurer were honored.

DATE CORRECTION. The Senior Citizens’ Prom at South Walton High will take place on Feb. 8, not on Feb. 9 as previously reported in this column.

Debra Wynn, whose other home is in Connecticut, is in her fifth year as a Walton County Snowbirds member.