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First Tuesdays offer time to reflect and relax

8:20 PM, Nov. 2, 2012  |  Comments
The First Tuesdays music series at First Congregational Church combines the arts, community and fellowship. It's open to the public.
The First Tuesdays music series at First Congregational Church combines the arts, community and fellowship. It's open to the public.
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Last week, I spent an enjoyable morning with a friend at Planet Perk discussing all the wonderful and varied music Oshkosh has to offer. Music provides richness for our communities' ears, much like parks provide richness for our communities' eyes.

One fabulous, not-to-be-missed opportunity is the interesting musical selections featured at First Congregational Church's First Tuesday program. I mention this today because you can try it out on Tuesday, Nov. 6, just a few days from now.

Can you imagine that First Congregational Church has been a part of Oshkosh since 1849? Although, the current sanctuary was not designed by William Waters until much later, the interior of it is beautiful, features a magnificent Casavant pipe organ (circa 1911) and is made to hear music in.

Here is why the First Tuesday program is so terrific. First, the music and the surroundings are lovely; second, it's free; and third, you get lunch. Seriously. If you are picky about seating, I recommend an early arrival. Trust me - I am not the only one who knows about First Tuesdays.

Next, you actually stop moving and relax. We all need to do more of this and First Tuesdays is a great place to start. Turn off your phone and promise to not look at it until the program is over. You can do this! The music will begin promptly at noon.

On Nov. 6, the program is "Every Tuesday Should Be a Brass Day" with Dylan Chmura-Moore featured on trombone.

For those of us who have lost the ability to focus and listen, the program is a perfect length. Then, you are onto the exceptional lunch, lovingly prepared by volunteers from First Congregational. On my last visit, our table was graced with a selection of homemade breads and butter, which rounded out the perfect noon meal. It is a lively time and you are sure to run into someone you know. Even if you don't know a soul, you will be warmly accepted at any table and will enjoy the pleasant conversation.

Let's skip politics for a while and just chat! I think we sometimes forget about the joy of basic conversation that finds us all laughing at a child's antics, commiserating about the loss of loved ones and bragging about a recent deal. This is the type of conversation that helps us to find similarities as opposed to differences. Again, First Congregational offers this as a gift to our community and is free. If you can afford to throw in a donation towards their efforts, every little bit helps.

Looking at the schedule, you can expect to hear a wide variety of music at future First Tuesdays. Singers, pianists, poets and saxophonists will be featured. I wouldn't look at the schedule thinking about what you like and don't like. Just go. I can honestly say I have forced myself to get up and attend different performances around town and am never sorry. I always learn I like a lot more than I think I do.

First Congregational Church is located at 137 Algoma Blvd. If you simply can't do Nov. 6, here is the link to the listing of future programs: www.fccoshkosh.org/index.php/get_involved/first-tuesdays.

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