In January we had the privilege of hearing a musician we haven't had at St. John's before. Trumpeter James Tinsley came and played on the 22nd for our 10am service. I first met James back in October when I went to Thompson Chapel to get a feel for the organ. He was there, wrapping up a rehearsal, and we started talking. Years ago, he had been a visiting professor at Williams College, and ever since, he has come back to Williamstown periodically to do some recording sessions in Thompson Chapel. It turned out that he had never been inside St. John's, so we set up a time for him to come and see the church and hear the organ. He was on his way out of town then, heading back home to Ohio, but he enjoyed playing in the church enough to want to come back and play on his next trip. I guess you never know which everyday moments turn out to be important in the long run! It was fun to play with him, and I hope we'll see him back again on a future visit.
Also exciting last month was the Vestry's approval of a donation of a piano from Diana Stugger. It is a beautiful Knabe 5'8" grand, built in 1906 and restored. The piano is given in memory of Gladys and Charles Wilson and Florence and Robert Sprague, Diana's grandparents. Dorothy Reinke, Diana's mother, told me about how much these four individuals loved St. John's. Charles Wilson and Robert Sprague served on Vestry many years ago.
How grateful we are for this generous gift! Jimmy Bergin and I are beginning to plan an inaugural recital, hopefully for some time in the spring. Stay tuned for the announcement!