‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly’ to sing along with Eileen Soskin?

Posted in Feature, More Stories, Music

Whidbey Life Magazine Co-editor
May 6, 2014

Whidbey Islanders love to sing and here’s a golden opportunity to have fun and support a worthy cause.

You can ‘sing along’ to some wonderful musicals (lyrics provided) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 with the effervescent Eileen Soskin at the piano and leading the singing at the UUCWI Meeting House. Enjoy tunes from “My Fair Lady,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “The King and I” and “The Sound of Music.”

What happens when a group of people sings together? Eileen Soskin believes “magic happens.”  (photo by Helene Chandler)

What happens when a group of people sings together? Eileen Soskin believes “magic happens.” (photo by Helene Chandler)

“The joy of a sing-along,” Soskin said, “is that you get to sing with others who love singing—without rehearsals and without any performance anxiety; there’s no audience, just other singers.

“I’ve been playing piano and singing, encouraging friends and relatives to sing along,” Soskin continued, “since I was a little girl. Almost every party I’ve ever given included me sitting at the piano with people gathered around me, singing and having fun. ‘Fun’ is a huge part of this—for me and for everyone who likes to sing.”

Admission is free. There will also be a free raffle drawing with several very special gifts.

All this fun is happening to raise awareness and money (by donation) for Whidbey Veterans Resource Center, which provides much-needed services for veterans living on or near Whidbey Island. “Last year’s benefit concert, ‘Some Enchanted Evening,’ was successful in raising a lot of money for the WVRC and the ELCA World Hunger Appeal,” Soskin said,“and people told me that it was hard not to sing along when familiar songs are being performed.

“We always get a large crowd when we do music from Broadway and film musicals, so this sing-along seemed like a no-brainer.”

The WVRC provides a number of services and hosts a one-day event every summer—“Stand Down—where veterans and their families can connect with people from agencies designed to help them with a wide range of problems; they can get free clothes for themselves and their families, toys for their children, food and music.

“My husband, Gene Berg, is very active in the WVRC,” Soskin said,“and it is my pleasure to help provide some of the funding for the event.”

The UUCWI Meeting House (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island) is located at 20103 Highway 525, north of Freeland.

(at top, poster by Sandy Welch, partial image)


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