Danielle Grace Barrett, Sixth Grade student at Faith Christian School and granddaughter of Tom and Dottie Barret

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Danielle Grace Barrett, Sixth Grade student at Faith Christian School and granddaughter of Tom and Dottie Barret

Flutist performs Christmas songs at meeting

By Dee Long

Special to the Telegram

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The chapter met Dec. 20 in the home of Alice Wynne Gatsis. Regent Dottie Barrett greeted everyone.

After the pledge of allegiance to our flag, the Star Spangled Banner was led by member Dee Long. After a salute to the N.C. flag, member Margaret Sink led “The Old North State.” After the American Creed, Pris Sykes, Chaplain, assisted with the DAR ritual.

Regent Dottie Barrett discussed American Christmas songs heritage. Christmas music spans for years. The chapter remember the traditional Christmas carols the group sang. The songs were introduced like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” and “I Am Dreaming of a White Christmas” penned by Irving Berlin in early 1940.

It was based on a historical song from Russia.

Bing Crosby first performed the song in 1942, first as a recording on a record and then in the “Holiday Inn” movie. Later, we had such enjoyable songs like “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.”

Grandmothers remember “Grandmother Got Ran Over by the Reindeer.”

Regent Dottie introduced Tom Barrett, her husband, and Danielle Grace Barrett, their 11-year-old granddaughter. Danielle is a sixth grade student at Faith Christian Academy. She was the flutist who performed for members.

The “Easy Christmas Instrumental Solos,” is a musical computer program. As Danielle played each song on her flute, she played the same song on her computer. Songs played were “Battery Song,” “Grunch,” “Silent Night,” “Frosty,” “Martians,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Feli Navidad,” and “Jingle Bells.”

Regent Dottie thanked Alice Wynne Gatsis, Meg Cressionnie, and Pris Sykes for serving as hostesses.

The next meeting date has been changed to Jan. 24 but is at 10:30 a.m. in Braswell Memorial Library.