Archive for August, 2013

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Zelow – Day 2

Three excellent rehearsals highlighted our first day in Zelow! The level of ringing is fantastic here and the eagerness to learn and perfect the music makes it exciting to work with these strong ringers. This morning we worked with the younger ringing group – including three brand new young ringers. We can’t wait to see […]

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Zelow, Poland

After a slightly delayed (90 minutes) train ride, we arrived in the familiar environs of Zelow. After a quick dinner we were off to our first meeting with the ringers. After setting our schedule for the next two days (4 rehearsals with the advanced ringers, 1 rehearsal with the younger ringers and one meeting with […]

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Farewell Concert and then Krakow

Morning worship in Katerinice went well even if the organist failed to play the opening part of the service (that’s what happens when you get an American trying to play). Then came the packing and first farewells and then the final concert in Ratibor. The farewell concert is held in conjunction with a gladiolius festival […]

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Final Concert

What a great finale to our week! We had morning rehearsals and then a fabulous concert showcasing our various groups that worked hard during the week. A cookout followed the concert and we will be ready to travel to Krakow after our 3 pm concert tomorrow. Lots of travel in a short amount of time! […]

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Surprise Day

This was our final “normal” day of teaching. Tomorrow we give our festival performance for the town of Katerinice, so we have quite an adjusted schedule to get ready for the final bell, pantomime and musical performances. Today Vojtech, Katerinice’s mayor, arranged for all of us to act like five year olds once more and […]

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Concert day

We had an early breakfast so that we could get on the road and see all of the adventures that were planned for all of the campers today – and then get to our cave concert. Our first stop was the Pilgrimage Church of the Holy Virgin Mary in Krtiny (about two hours away – […]

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Time for a hike

We had our final standard morning today before our concert day tomorrow. We have no idea what to expect for our “cave concert” tomorrow, but we know it will be a new experience, exciting, and quite an adventure. This morning consisted of our regular ringing rehearsals, singing rehearsals, crafts, and lots of food. We have […]

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Typical teaching day

Our second day of teaching here in Katerinice is settling into a routine as we adjust our schedules and maximize our teaching times AND our fellowship time. Our mornings are devoted to handbells, chimes, musical (Adam’s Apple), crafts (for the musical performance on Saturday), English and pantomime. The afternoon is devoted to exploring the area […]

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Katerinice

Seven alumni ringers left Pittsburgh on Friday, August 9 for our third annual Czech teaching week in the wonderful town of Katerinice. Katerinice is located in the eastern portion of the Czech Republic in an area called Moravia. We were joined by one of our German friends (for his third visit also!) and it feels […]

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