(File photo) The many voices of the Merricks will once again be heard at the annual free Thanksgiving Concert scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 23. The site of the festivities will be the auditorium at
Calhoun High School, State Street in Merrick.
Records show that the Brotherhood Council has been an active force in the Merricks since the early 1980s. It was originally conceived to celebrate the diversity of the citizens who live in the Merricks who, although of different beliefs and religions, nonetheless work together to make our community a vibrant and peaceful place in which to live and work.
The concerts traditionally include many of the entities of our town–both secular and religious, entertaining us with their talent and their own unique ways of paying homage to the Thanksgiving
Co-Presidents of the Brotherhood Council, Anne Burke and Lawrence Garfinkel will once again host the event and will add their remarks to the ongoing festivities. Although the final program has not been firmed up, we can once again expect representation from the Bellmore-Merrick high schools, the Merrick Chorale and several of our community’s church and synagogue-affiliated musical aggregations.
The audience talent will not be ignored as they will once again lift their aggregate voices in the Thanksgiving Hymn and some other traditional and patriotic songs prompted by our own Richard Gilley.
Lawrence Garfinkel–a senior adjunct professor in LIU-Post’s Media Arts Department, has regaled the group with Thanksgiving historic lore helping us to recall the “good old days ” of family Thanksgiving holidays, providing the audience with both serious and comedic views of this best-loved American holiday and this year will no doubt give us the latest view of his research.
The Brotherhood Council has had a storied past in the Merricks – providing us with such memorable moments as the lecture by the God Squad, A Taste of Brotherhood in 1994 and an Essay Contest for our youth defining ” Brotherhood.”
The current Board of the Merrick Brotherhood consists of Paul Laursen, Gladys Kruh, Frances Guercio, Adrienne Garfinkel, Richard Gilley. Rita Gilley, Anne Burke and Lawrence Garfinkel. The Board is recruiting some new citizens of the Merricks who would like to be included in the planning of future events. Anyone interested in participating in the forthcoming meetings of the group is
urged to contact Presidents Garfinkel or Anne Burke.
Meanwhile, circle that concert date of Sunday, November 23, at 2 p.m. and plan to bring along your children, your neighbors and your friends and you enjoy the music of this important American holiday !