The Concert, 1899

If the Sunday School needs new song books, its members must take action, and take action they did in November 1899.

The November 17, 1899 edition included this tempting advertisement and explained on its first page, “Elsewhere in this issue will be found the program to be rendered in Cook’s opera house next Tuesday evening by the M. E. Church South Sunday school. The proceeds will be used toward purchasing new song books for the school. Ten cent lunches will be served by the ladies in the room south of the hall.”

Program for the M. E. Church, South, Sunday School concert in 1899. Text follows.

The prospect of excellent ten cent lunches prepared by the church ladies, music provided by church members, and a stage decorated as a “nook of loveliness” brought many to the event, although not as large a crowd as might have been hoped for, as seen in this review from the November 24, 1899 edition:

The Concert.
The M. E. church, South, Sunday School concert, Tuesday night was a success. It was a success financially in as much as the door receipts were sufficient to pay for the song books, defray all expenses and leave a balance of fifty cents with which to start a bank account; it was a success with the participants in as much as there were no breakdowns or failures; and it was a success with the audience because the program rendered was entertaining and exceeded all expectations. The stage was a nook of loveliness rendered so by the tasty arrangement of drop curtains, carpets and floral decorations.

Mrs. J. H. Grigsby, Misses Maud Montgomery, Anna Medsker, Callie Grigsby, Edith Torrey, Bessie Gray and Messrs Walter Sandifer and George Manchester assisted the school with the program, contributing greatly to its success.

Inclement weather prevented many from attending the concert and the audience was small.

Text of program reads, “Programme of the M. E. Church, South, Sunday School Concert. Tuesday evening, November 21, 1899. Part First: Voluntary, Mandolin Club. Chorus, “Arise Sleep No More.” Recitation – Selected, Miss Anna Medsker. Male Quartette, “Until the Dawn,” Messrs Campbell, Lawson, Dodds, Miller. Violin Solo, “Old Folks at Home,” Miss Edith Torrey. Recitation, “The Sisters on a Strike,” Miss Ada Garnett. Vocal Solo, “You Tell Me Your Dream,” Miss Leona Wright. Piano Duet, “American Girls,” Miss Montgomery and Mrs. J. H. Grigsby. Male Quartette, “When Day Fades,” Messrs Campbell, Lawson, Dodds, Manchester. Part Second: Voluntary, Mandolin Club. Chorus, “Dreaming or Waking.” Piano Trio, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Mesdames Pinkston, Strickler, and Miss Montgomery. Recitation – Selected, Miss Callie Grigsby. Male Quintette, “Massa in De Cold, Cold Ground,” Messrs Campbell, Lawson, Dodds, Manchester, Miller. Piano Duet, “Bohemia Girl,” Mesdames Grigsby and Strickler. Vocal Duet, “No Hope Beyond,” Messrs Lawson and Manchester. Cornet Solo – W. Sandifer. Recitation – Miss Bessie Gray.”

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