Pember, Slate Valley open up for the holidays

T hough the weather outside was frightful, the choir was so delightful. At least that was what patrons of the annual open houses at the Pember and Slate Valley museums said Sunday. Despite gusting winds and rain officials said they were pleased with the attendance at both events.

More than 150 braved the weather to watch as the Green Mountain College Cantorion performed Welsh Christmas music as a part of the “Christmas in Wales” celebration at the Slate Valley Museum. Led by Professor Jim Cassarino, the nine-member chorus performed for about 45 minutes to a rapt audience.

“I’m very happy. The music was beautiful and keeping with the Welsh tradition just like it would have been here in Granville and the Slate Valley years ago,” executive director Kate Weller said. “Hearing the music the way it was meant to be heard was amazing.”

Organizers said they were pleased with the turnout despite the bad weather. “I’m delighted with the music they’re great representatives of Green Mountain College and we’re delighted to have so many people show up on such a crummy day,” Trustee David Bridges said.

“It’s a very homey event, a great way to spend a cold, rainy afternoon,” said Granville School Superintendent Mark Bessen, who is also a new Slate Valley board member.

The Pember Library and Museum departed from the orchestra that typically plays holiday favorites and instead featured a string quartet performing holiday music as well as a few sing-along crowd participation numbers.

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