Solana Beach singalong draws a crowd

Led by Dr. Ed Siegel, M.D., a sizable crowd sings on Aug. 2 at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Courtesy photo

By Claire Harlin
Staff Writer

The weekly Solana Beach community singalong started by local psychiatrist Ed Siegel in 1987 brought together one of the largest crowds last week since its inception — and strong turnout comes only a week before the sing-along celebrates its 25th anniversary.

In addition to the usual 20-30 singers, the event garnered the participation of about 35 medical students visiting from Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

“Even being from all over the world, they knew most of the songs. We sang everything from Beatles songs to ‘New York, New York’ to ‘Country Roads,” said Siegel, who has lived in Solana Beach since 1977. He had lectured the students at the University of California, San Diego earlier that day, and during the course of talk, he invited them to his sing-along.

“They all showed up,” he said. “They just had a ball. The music brings us all together.”

Over the years, the singalong has served as common ground for music lovers of all ages. Siegel said a couple singers loyally attended until they reached the age of 100, and several people have brought their babies to instill the value of music.

Since March, the group has been meeting on Tuesdays at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church at 120 Stevens Ave., but it has traditionally met on Thursdays at the Fletcher Cove Community Center, which is in the last phases of a major renovation.

“It’s going to be beautiful; it just needs a floor,” he said.

Although Siegel said the church offers a 9-foot concert grand piano — the biggest he has ever played on — he said he can’t wait for the completion of the community center.

“We can’t wait to have our home back,” he said.

Related posts:

  1. Sing-along group celebrates 22 years
  2. Church’s children’s choirs unite for holiday CD benefit
  3. Solana Beach church to feature Swedish college choir
  4. Solana Beach Presbyterian Church offers Reagan Library tour
  5. Solana Beach Presbyterian Church Senior Center to preview upcoming trip to Sierra foothills

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=26172

Posted by Staff on Aug 9, 2011. Filed under Featured Story, Life. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

  • Let’s Review: ‘Ether Dome’ takes the lid off story of anesthesia at La Jolla Playhouse
    The traumatic experience behind performing amputations, tumor removals and vasectomies without anesthesia is immediately intriguing when Playhouse patrons view the incredible set design by James Youmans, representing the real ether dome at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1886. Below a well-lit dome, images of these crude medical procedures are projected on […]
  • Stone fruits are in now season!
    Sadly, summer’s stone fruit growing season is way too short, but oh so sweet! Did you know: • Plum trees are grown in every continent except Antarctica. • The peach has a poisonous pit containing hydrocyanic acid. • On average, there are 44 cherries to the pound. […]
  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 24
    La Jolla Music Society’s nationally recognized chamber music festival, SummerFest, kicks off 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 with its annual, free Concert Under the Stars at Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove. […]

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS