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Thursday, July 9th 2015
From ATOS President/CE Ken Double My goodness, what a week in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Bob Dilworth and his Convention Committee are to be congratulated for staging one of the more memorable ATOS Annual Conventions in a long time. I hope you have had a chance to read the musings of Josh Dill , the new ATOS Youth Representative to the Board. His daily reports were beautifully written...more...
Thursday, July 9th 2015
The final convention day had arrived at last and the excitement in the air was palpable. It's a divinely ordained rendezvous: that special moment in the life of every organ votary when a holy longing wells up deep within the soul, calling one to go on pilgrimage to that most enigmatic of instruments: the Boardwalk Hall organ at Atlantic city. After a week of smaller conquests, today our Crusade...more...
Tuesday, July 7th 2015
The final board meeting was concluded today, allowing us board members to shift more focus on the lighter side of the convention, garnering a few extra hours of rest in the process. The goodie-packed schedule has been tight, so sleep has become a rare commodity. I say sleep is for the weak! Today's events have been so exhilarating, a mere sip of hot tea and some adrenalin are all I required to be...more...
Tuesday, July 7th 2015
The morning saw me up bright and early with bells well affixed to my toes. Today was the day of the silent film! Being a silent film fanatic, I knew the day to come would be special. On the relaxing bus ride to East Greenville, I caught up with some good friends I had previously met at the Atlanta convention. Our lively conversation meandered from Ambrotypes to Ektachrome and every odd subject in...more...
Sunday, July 5th 2015
Dan Minervini was announced winner of the 2015 ATOS YOTC. He will receive over $2000 in cash prizes, as well as an opportunity to perform at the "Rising Star" concert at the Balboa Park Summer International Organ Festival in San Diego on July 20. He also received an invitation from Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Municipal Organist Steven Ball to perform on that instrument.more...
Sunday, July 5th 2015
Great and manifold were the beautiful sights and sounds that I basked in today! After the members forum was completed, I leisurely strolled down the Avenue of the Arts toward the Wanamaker building. Wanamaker's most famous organ gracefully bowed out of the spotlight today so her little brother could have a go. In an alcove of the Macy's building, we were guided into the glowing aura that is Greek...more...
Saturday, July 4th 2015
To my utter delight, the morning board meeting proved brief enough to allow me a few precious hours of free time so that I could explore the grand city of Philadelphia. This would only be the first of many fortunate events that occurred today! (Old man trouble must be on an extended sabbatical.) The entire city lay before me to conquer and subdue, so I set out with high spirits toward the Masonic...more...
Friday, July 3rd 2015
Daily Convention Reports from ATOS 2015 in Philadelphia by Joshua Dill, ATOS Board Youth Representativemore...
Tuesday, May 26th 2015
The Mighty Wurlitzer at Steubenville’s historic theatre, The Grand, is back in its home. Read this blog post Theatre Historical Society's website .more...
Wednesday, May 20th 2015
Despite snow on the ground in Durango, CO where my guitar-playing-teaching brother Terry lives (and snow a LOT of places), my experience is Spring has indeed sprung, and my packing the suitcase now involves all kinds of other clothes. But always the tux with the red handkerchief in the breast pocket. It will get a good workout June 6 at Long Center in Lafayette, IN where I will play my 33rd...more...