Written by Sarah Dimond
Tuesday, 08 April 2014
The Easter Lily
It has been a long hard winter, and I, for one, am happy to see and feel the color and warmth of spring. My gardenias have suffered greatly, as have other shrubs, which have fared well until this last winter. I am currently taking inventory of all the plants we will need to replace. Nature is not always kind.
Springtime is a time of rebirth, and for Christians, resurrection. Over the centuries, flowers have come to symbolize emotions and meanings, so I wondered about the Easter Lily and how it came to be the floral symbol for Easter. The fact that lilies are a bulb plant, rejuvenating every spring, makes it a reasonable contender. The trumpet shaped flower, heralding Jesus’ triumph over death, and the purity symbolized by the white color makes it an obvious choice. Many regard this flower as a symbol of purity, innocence, beauty, hope and life.
These elegant white flowers have a deep history with biblical lore. Jesus refers to lilies in his Sermon on the Mount: “They toil not, neither do they spin…yet even Solomon in all of his glory wasn’t arrayed as one of these.” They are also said to be the “white-robed apostles of hope” and to have appeared in the Garden of Gethsemane after Jesus’ crucifixion. It has also been said white lilies sprang to life where drops of sweat and blood fell from Jesus’ body in his final hours. In art, the Virgin Mary has been depicted accepting pure white lilies as a gift from the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation.
The flowers we now refer to as “Easter Lilies” were originally native to southern Japan with shipments to the United States beginning in the 1880s. A World War I soldier, Louis Haughton, brought a suitcase full of hybrid bulbs to the southern coast of Oregon in 1919 and freely distributed them to his friends. When World War II began in 1941, the Japanese source was cut off. At that time, the Easter Lily bulb was referred to as “White Gold” and many growers attempted to cash in on the crop. However, the Pacific coast proved to be the best growing land, and today ten farms, from Oregon to California, produce most of the lilies sold. In fact, Easter Lilies are the fourth largest flower crop in wholesale value in the United States, behind poinsettias, mums, and azaleas.
This Easter, as we sing "Hark, Ten Thousand Harps and Voices." the congregation will hear the organ trumpets and our voices raised in praise. They will also see the white trumpeted Easter Lilies proclaiming Christ as King. What a joy it is to celebrate life everlasting.
Yours In Christ,
Written by Dwayne Wright
Monday, 10 March 2014
For Acting UP!'s next big show - Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" - we can certainly still use your skills and talents to help. Some of the specific things we need are:
Lead people to assist our PR and advertising director - VERY IMPORTANT
Rehearsal Photographer (3-4 times + 3 times during dress rehearsal weeks)
House Decorator (parking signage, head shots placement, theme)
Parking/Directional/Door Usher (outside)
Usher (ticket collection, program distribution, people direction)
Ticket Sales Table
Video camera operator (for some rehearsals and performances)
Costume (dedicated helper)
Mic hand (mic packs, sound issues-will also help will as light stage hand)
Handyman (on call to do whatever during rehearsals)
Orchestra Assistant (page turner, runner)-last 2 weeks; pianist assistant if needed
Costume Organization/Compiling List
Large Set Construction
Large Set General Painting
Large Set Detail Painting
Small Set/Prop Construction
Small Set/Prop General Painting
Small Set/Prop Detail Painting
Prop Organization/Collection/Shopper (small hand props)
Stage Prep (Large Construction-grid, panels, etc.)
Stage Prep (clean-up, prep, painting, glow-tape etc)
Signage Design (flyers and other production specific signs)
Signage Design (permanent signs-parking, etc.-Acting Up)
Signage Placement (advertising posters/signs) around town
Rolling Cart prep (put together 2 more, organization of small items)
Stage Prep prior to each rehearsal (set/prop placement)
Stage Clean-Up after each rehearsal (props away and all ok for church activities)
Music prep prior to each rehearsal (uncover piano, placement, mic turn on)
Make-up collection/organization (disposable items, make-up)
Cast Food Coordinator (on full rehearsal days [Saturdays, etc.] will pick out menu and organize)
Ticket Sales (Sunday mornings-time slots available)
Ticket Sales (Sunday mornings-coordinator)
Fundraising/Corporate Sponsors Collection
If you can help in one or more of these ways, please contact Dwayne Wright or Cathy Denner.
Written by Dwayne Wright
Monday, 09 September 2013
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