The music was terrific, the evening weather absolutely perfect (sunny and cool) and, after a COVID-19-imposed absence of 20 months, it was wonderful to have a crowd gathered again Thursday on the Lucas County Historical Society Museum grounds.
So many thanks to the Chariton Community Band directed by Diane Tordoff, everyone who attended --- and all the staff members, board members and volunteers who helped to organize and carry out our "Music and the Museum" event.
Our last big event was a fall festival during October of 2019 --- so it had been a long time.
This was the final concert of the summer season for the Community Band, whose performances are underwritten by the Vredenburg Foundation, which performs a majority of its concerts at the Larry Clark Bandstand on the courthouse lawn. But for quite a few years now, one of the band's late-season programs as been held on the museum grounds.
An added treat was watching band member Morgan Cochran, who will be student teaching in the fall and then will launch her own career as music teacher and conductor, serve as guest conductor.
If you wonder what Helen Thompson and others are up to here, the band's final selection was the once-familiar closing song from the Lawrence Welk television program, "Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen --- Good Night!"
Band members distributed tiny vials of a soapy substance and invited everyone in the audience to produce the bubbles that once were a Welk trademark --- and nearly everyone did!