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December, 2012:

Community Invited To Sing-Along With Don Richmond And ALMA To Celebrate The Season

Milagros Coffeehouse on the corner of State and Main in Alamosa, the "Crossroads of the World", by Coni Grant, from the collection of Jeannie Norwood

It’s the most wonderful time of year, as the song says, and the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) invites the community to celebrate the certain survival of the world by joining in or just watching and enjoying as Don Richmond and friends host a sing-along featuring traditional carols and other music of the season, Sat., Dec. 22, 7pm in Milagros Coffeehouse on the corner of State Ave. and Main St. in Alamosa, CO. Songbooks will be provided to facilitate singing!

“As far as I’m concerned, we should all be singing a good bit of the time all the time – it’s good for us and I think it can help keep us sane,” Richmond said. “There is still something real and fine buried underneath all the craziness and hype that take place around the holidays, and this is a great way to celebrate that with our community,” he continued.

Although Richmond is a virtuoso of many instruments, enthusiasm and good cheer are more important than musical ability to join in the fun on this night. A willingness to participate and have a good time is the only admission requirement for the event, but attendees are encouraged to join in the seasonal spirit of giving by donating canned goods or money for the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley.

Folks in the San Luis Valley have long taken part in celebrations this time of the year when the nighttime stops getting longer and the days finally once again start to lengthen, as have cultures around the world and through the years. Likewise, local people have traditionally joined together to make music as a community. This event is opportunity for area residents and visitors to joyfully participate in and carry forward winter traditions by joining together in song.