By Zara Wilkemeyer
On the night of December 7, there was an occasion at Fillmore Central School that I had the privilege of attending. The walk to the school’s stage gym building was not one that I particularly enjoyed as the night was cold and the wind was bitter. However, upon entering the building for the Tapestry Dinner Concert, I was greeted by a warmth that the outside simply lacked and the sight was even more astonishing than I had anticipated.
Gold and red hand-strung chandelier-looking pieces hung at even lengths from one another were the thing that drew my attention first, as they were prettily hanging there for all to see. Next were all the tiny, decorated Christmas trees along the bleachers. They were so tiny that they reminded me much of the size of a baby, perhaps a tad bigger. Then, on either side of the stage were average size Christmas trees that looked as though they were the adult version of the baby-sized trees on the bleachers. Each set of trees were decorated with gold and red ornaments and were done in such a way that they were not overly commanding your attention. It was a nice balance of simple, yet elegant. On the tables were red clothes, each had their own small centerpieces that had “snow” upon their barren branches, and in my opinion, they tied everything together quite nicely. Each table had on it your name, your ticket, your silverware, a glass of water, and a pamphlet that had the plans for the evening. Each gold or red in turn. All in all, the setting was quite appealing to the eye and was perfect to me.
Then we had the food which was served in between songs. The Caesar salad was quite good as it had the perfect amount of bacon and crisp croutons within it, even the dressing wasn’t too much as the lettuce was still crisp when it was eaten. The main course consisting of roast beef, green beans with almonds, cheesy potatoes, buns, and more salad should you wish for it. The main course was set up much like a buffet and everything was orderly so that everyone had gotten their food soon enough. With your meal, you had the options of water, hot coffee, and hot cider that had just the right amount of cinnamon in it. Lastly, there was the dessert. A chocolate mousse with whipped cream, chocolate or strawberry wafer, chocolate chips, and a delectable mixed berry sauce. Now, I may be biased when I say it was the best I ever had, as it was made by my boss, Matt Brown from Estelle’s, but it truly was the best I ever had. Each course was served efficiently and was delicious.
Now for the songs. The junior Tapestry choir went first and each student was dressed to impress with white and/or black outfits. They sang each of their songs beautifully and Mrs. Holten played the piano wonderfully. After they were done singing their five songs, the senior Tapestry sang, and though there were breaks for the solos to be performed, each song was beautifully performed. I find that the song “Peace, Peace” was my favorite, as the current and alumni Tapestry members all sang together. They were spread around the gym holding candles that gave off a nice, soothing scent. The members sang it so well that I was left speechless. They harmonized wonderfully. Then we had the solos in between the main songs of the senior Tapestry and each was beautiful in their own rights. A few stood out to me, one being Kristina Biel who not only played the ukulele, but also sang an original song. I was very impressed with her song and her skill with the tiny instrument.
So that was the night I wish to always remember, for it had a beautiful view, delicious food, and a wonderful group of singers. I commend all who helped bring that night together and for those who participated in the beautiful singing.
Zara Wilkemeyer is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is one of eight area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its 21st year.