Sunday, March 21 is rapidly approaching as we carry out our plans to celebrate J. S. Bach’s 325th birthday. Details were in my last newsletter. Jim Gardner and Henry Kihlken, Charles Scroggy and Randy Ruthsatz, and Tim Claubaugh will be organists at Emmanuel UCC, First Congregational UCC, and Sts. Peter and Paul Churches in that order. Please publicize this afternoon concert which starts at 3:00 in your church leaflets at least one week in advance. The Sandusky Register has been notified of our plans, and I hope they give us good coverage. Please let me know if you and your congregation are participating. Perhaps if the list is long enough, the Register will be more willing to consider it a major story.
Have you thought about the tour of the Schantz Organ Co. on Saturday, March 20? We have an invitation from the Lorain Co. Chapter to join them on the tour, starting at 10:30 a.m. The group expects to eat together at the Dravenstott Restaurant in Orrville. Reservations are needed by phoning Bob Ebert at 440-353-3362 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 15. Can we car pool? Orrville is approximately 1 ½ hours driving time from Sandusky. You may also want a shopping trip to Smuckers Factory Store before leaving Orrville.
On the inside of the back cover of the March “AMERICAN ORGANIST” is a photo of the Schantz organ Richard Dundore played for 10 years at Second UCC in Tiffin. Richard is currently organist at First Presbyterian Church in Sandusky.
As Dean of the Sandusky Chapter I receive mailings which may be of interest to some of our members. I have received a “Handbook for Organ Teachers” and a catalog of his music from Wayne Leupold Editions. Mr. Leupold is also available to conduct 3 ½ hour workshops on teaching beginning keyboard to children and adults. Contact me if this information holds interest for you.
I’ll look for you at Emmanuel UCC at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 21st.
-Laura Stellhorn, Dean