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Thread #52687   Message #807397
Posted By: mmb
20-Oct-02 - 06:16 PM
Thread Name: Fox Hollow Memories?
Subject: Fox Hollow Memories?
While reading through the thread on "The Water Is Wide" I came across several mentions of Bob and Evelyn Beers. I would dearly love to connect with some folks who share fond memories of late-night (or should I say "early-morning"?) a capella singing in the campground, to preserve some of those harmonies if they aren't already lost.
    I'm on the Gulf Coast of Florida, but get back up to NYS a couple times a year.
    I'll start with one of my own fond memories. After hours of floating from one campsite to another, I would always make sure I ended up where the largest group of a capella singers were sure to wind down with "Bright Morning Stars are Rising."
    Several years ago there was a concert that featured Fox Hollow music at the Troy (NY) Savings Bank Music Hall. It drew folks from near and far, and the closing songs were led by a local, informal group of a capella trad singers known as All Night Long. Members of the group got to nominate the songs to be done, and although one other Fox Hollow veteran and I lobbied strenuously for Bright Morning Stars, we were voted down because most of the group did not have the same emotional connection with it that we did.
    Evelyn Beers led the final selection, which was "Dunbarton's Drums." During the party that followed, I mentioned my disappointment that Bright Morning Stars hadn't been done in the concert to Evelyn, and she said she had elected not to do it as the ending song because she thought people would be tired of it! So she and those of us who were nearby started it, and gradually all of those within earshot joined in, and we got to do it, after all, one final time. (And, of course, no one had a walkman to record it!) Sigh. Anyone care to contribute other memories?   MMB