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Obit: South Street Chantey Sing

EBarnacle 17 Oct 10 - 01:57 AM
Sandra in Sydney 17 Oct 10 - 04:37 AM
BrooklynJay 17 Oct 10 - 12:06 PM
Charley Noble 17 Oct 10 - 12:18 PM
KathyW 17 Oct 10 - 12:59 PM
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Subject: Obit: South Street Chantey Sing
From: EBarnacle
Date: 17 Oct 10 - 01:57 AM

Well, it's over. After 15 years at Seaman's Church Institute, we held out last Chantey Sing at that venue. At least for the present, we have no location set up. Many of us will be at the Christmas Tree lighting at South Street Seaport on December 17, which may lead to a new home. At present, however, we are "in hiatus."

We must have had nearly 100 people in the room with a large proportion of singers. Everyone who chose to got to lead a song at least once. Most of the usual crowd were there and we had a few first timers. The music ranged from the standards to the classics to the mundane so that literally, the whole range of the genre was represented.

Even though Lady Hillary and I were often unable to attend due to too many things to do, this was a don't miss evening, unfortunately not to be repeated at this venue.

The building is up for sale by the Church due to both budget issues and changes in the nature of the seafaring life. Prime Manhatten real estate.


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Subject: RE: Obit: South Street Chantey Sing
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Oct 10 - 04:37 AM

what a bummer to lose such a great venue.

Good luck in finding a new one.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Obit: South Street Chantey Sing
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 17 Oct 10 - 12:06 PM

It was a wonderful evening. Tinged with a bit of sadness, to be sure, but wonderful nonetheless.

Yes, the room was packed - like the proverbial tin full of sardines. It seemed that after every two or three songs, there was a scramble to find additional chairs for those who had just arrived. This went on for a major part of the evening. Ultimately, I think that every chair in the building ended up in our room!

A one-time temporary location at South Street has been mentioned for December 17 (IIRC), though a new, permanent venue has yet to be found.

But last night was truly memorable.

Great music, great people.


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Subject: RE: Obit: South Street Chantey Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Oct 10 - 12:18 PM

It's always a pity to lose such a good location. Hopefully something else in the neighborhood will surface for hosting these wonderful monthly sessions.

I'm planning to come down in November including the weekend of November 12-13. I'll be at Banjo Jim's for their session on Sunday but would love to get together with some folks to swap a few songs on Saturday.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Obit: South Street Chantey Sing
From: KathyW
Date: 17 Oct 10 - 12:59 PM

Oh man, what a shame! I'd been hoping to make it out there one day, though perhaps it was just a pipe dream given the distance involved. But, you have the most important thing-- people-- so I am sure that you will find a place for it to continue.


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