Carousel: What Comes Around Goes Around

Our October cover artwork may look familiar to those with a sharp eye, a sharp mind, and a love of music. As you can see in the lower right corner, the artwork was done by Pender Island resident Doug Stanley.

The first time I laid eyes on Doug it was, appropriately, just inside the doors of the Community Hall. He was in the process of buying a ticket for the choir performance, but first asked if his friend whose name I cannot remember was in the choir. The friend was, the ticket was purchased. Doug did not look like a music buff but then I didn’t either. I had only been on Pender about a year and apparently, I had a lot to learn. I admit that when it came to music and choirs, I had been tipped off by my real estate sales person, “If you can sing, or like singing, you’re going to love Pender Island.” The second time I saw Doug, a year or so later, he was in the choir! Yup, Doug, like so many people I was to meet, was a singer.

When I saw the mock-up of this month’s cover of The Pender Post, I learned that Doug has another talent: Art. This month’s cover art was originally used for posters to advertise the 1999 Choral Society Spring Concert. Clare Mathias was the director and her vision for the concert was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel.” As one ex-choir member told me, “Clare always had a vision for her concerts and they were all very different. That is what made singing for Clare so exciting.”It is nice to see Doug’s artwork once again and especially nice to see it grace our October cover but there is another reason that this artwork was chosen. Because of COVID-19 this will be the first time in 48 years that the choir will not have a regular fall start-up.

Perhaps in the spirit of a carousel doing what a carousel does, I can be allowed to remind you“what goes around comes around.” The good times will return, and in the meantime, it is up to us to play by the rules. Avoid large gatherings, especially indoors; practice social distancing, hand-washing, and wearing a mask in public. When it comes to wearing a mask, please remember that not only do you protect yourself, by wearing a mask you also protect others. mask you also protect others also protect others.

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