Dean’s Message

Charlene T. Cranmer, Dean

March 2023

Dear CFAGO Chapter Members and Friends,

     It hardly seems possible that March 1st is here.  It seems like just yesterday that the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil was seeing his shadow for six more weeks of winter (not that we Floridians have to worry much about that!!!).  February 2023 has come and gone, along with Paul Jacob’s fantastic organ recital and master class at Rollins College and also Renee Anne Louprette’s wonderful recital at Stetson University.

     As we look ahead to our CFAGO activities for this month, I would like to encourage everyone to make a special effort to attend the Lakeland Organ Crawl and Lunch Bunch. Our newsletter co-editor and chapter photographer John Reilly has worked hard to put together a fascinating group of organs for us to experience, including the 72 rank Schantz at First United Methodist, the 32 rank E.M. Skinner at All Saints Episcopal, and the 60 rank Austin at First Presbyterian, Lakeland.  After visiting the first two churches, we will take a break and enjoy lunch at Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill (YUM!).  Following lunch we will visit First Presbyterian.  The schedule for the crawl is as follows: 10:15 am FUMC; 11:30 am All Saints; 12:30 pm Harry’s Bar & Grill and 1:30 pm First Presbyterian.

     Our final chapter event for March will be our celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 338th Birthday at our Members’ Recital at Stetson University, on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 pm. Performers for the concert will include Dr. Boyd Jones, Dr. Andre Lash, CFAGO scholarship winner Jones Hogshead, as well as other performers.  Prior to the concert, we will have a Dutch-treat dinner at a local Deland restaurant at 5:30 pm..  The restaurant details will be emailed to all members within the next week.

     As we commence the final quarter of our events for 2022-2023, I would like to thank everyone who has supported our Chapter, in their willingness to perform and also in their willingness to attend events.  Central Florida is a large area, and many of us make a special effort to support the Chapter, by driving an hour+ each way, to concerts and other events.  Please know that your faithfulness is greatly appreciated by your leadership at CFAGO!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Charlene Cranmer CAGO