2021 Winter Songs & Carols

2021 Winter Songs & Carols

Ah, yes again, the mellow sun is cooler.
Days are short and nights are longer
by the fire of family love.
The evening speaks of hearts together now;
the harvest done, and gone to rest
for winter’s coming home.

– G. Norbett

I’m sure I’m not the only one who spent most of 2021 in prolonged anticipation. We were free from strict lockdowns, but so many beloved things were still verboten. As time passed and we all came to recognize the uneasy ache in our hearts was grief rather than uncertainty, perhaps we began to recognize what we were grieving most: togetherness.

Winter may be the singular natural force that causes us to instinctively gather. As temperatures drop and night falls earlier with each passing day, the world outside becomes less hospitable, and we’re drawn to one another for warmth and comfort. The holiday season provides us with even more reasons to come together – maybe showing we care with elaborate gifts and celebrations. But the only gifts we really need this year are love and kindness.

I don’t have to tell you we’re not out of the woods, yet. Case numbers rise, surges build, headlines rage on, divisions grow… but let’s keep on healing where we can. Let’s get together!

Whether you join us in person, online via livestream, or in your easy chair next to the radio, we hope you’ll let us give this gift to you: the gift of togetherness, presented straight from our heart to yours.

From all of us at Manitou Winds,
J.T. McKinney

Please join us and our special guest, soprano Emily Curtin Culler,
as we welcome winter home to northern Michigan with Winter Songs & Carols.

Saturday, December 4, 2021
Grace Episcopal Church
341 Washington St
Traverse City, MI

We’re celebrating togetherness and hope you’ll join us
in sharing laughter and spreading good cheer.
Always a contemplative start to the season,
this year’s program will feature some of your favorites from past seasons.
Admission is free.
Proceeds from a freewill offering will benefit
Grace Episcopal’s Community Lunch program
which provides a weekly free lunch for those in need in our community.

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