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Moravian Choir Alumni hold annual luau
Richard and Monica Schantz are honored guests
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—A group of Moravian College choir alumni from the mid-1980s has been holding a combination of reunion and tribute to retired music faculty members Richard and Monica Schantz for some years now on or about Midsummer. This year it was held June 19 at the home of Dave ’85 and Corinne Parker ’86 Edmonds in Coopersburg.
“We always love to have Dick and Monica come,” says Wendy Talmont Lega ’85, Flemington, N.J., a regular attendee. “After all, if it weren't for them, a lot of us probably wouldn’t have met, married, and had kids!”
The theme changes every year, and this year it was a Hawaiian luau. “One of our dear friends, Jane Ramsey, whose brother lives in Hawaii, helped put together an authentic menu: lomi lomi salmon, papaya and cucumber salad, fish steamed in banana leaves,” says Wendy. “Authentic fabrics from her collection were on the tables, and the food was served on platters that she brought back from her many trips.”
Dave Edmonds built a tiki bar and dug a trench for the pig roast. It was prepared the traditional way: covered in banana leaves and left to roast slowly for most of the day. “The music, sadly, was from the Hawaiian satellite channel.”
The event also functions as a birthday party for those members hitting a landmark year. This year, Dave Edmonds, Wendy’s husband Peter Lega ’85 and Harris Hoke ’85, Flanders, N.J., hit the big 4-0.
In addition to the Legas and the Hokes (Kathleen Hanifan ’87), Moravian alumni guests included Linda Pettinelli ’91, Alpha, N.J.; Jim and Amanda Taylor Roth, both ‘87, Sinking Springs; Dave Roth ’85 and Sherry Kozero-Roth ’84, Fogelsburg; Geoff ’86 and Jayme Smith, Pittsburgh; Robyn Zwickl Randolph ’84 and Nelson Randolph, Bethlehem; Cynthia Bogan Rupprecht ’84 and Andrew Rupprecht, Califon, N.J.; James and Lynda Farrell Swartz, both ’86, Allentown.
Dave Roth, a jazz pianist who performs regularly at The Café and other Lehigh Valley venues, is also an artist-lecturer in music at the College.
“Most of the other attendees are connected via various choirs,” says Wendy Lega. “Three or four of them are lifelong friends of my husband from an Anglican boys’ choir that he sang with for 10 or 12 years. Another conducts a group called the Madrigal Singers, which I sang with for about 10 years after graduation. Over the years, all these people have grown to be good friends and have mixed in interesting ways.”
Last year, Kathleen and Harris's son Harris, 9, was a “Morning Star soloist at the Moravian College Christmas Vespers. “We have many more potentials on the way,” says Wendy. “Dick and Monica love to hear about their ‘choir grandkids.’ ”