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By sandhya on December 16th, 2014

Mrs. Green, Sandhya and Josanne, 

I slept and rested all day on Sunday but I could not sleep until I sent this email which was heavy on my heart and mind.

I have blessed to bear witness to many Cafe Holiday concerts over the years. This concert on Saturday, December 6, 2014 was the BEST so far….but I know the best will keep coming and CAFE will have many more WONDERFUL concerts in the future.

When Ava Marie was performed I was moved to tears. I was captivated especially hearing Josanne”s solo performances…WOW!

The jazz combo was absolutely OUTSTANDING…to hear the flute and harmonica blended with the steel pan was simply awesome….. and of course our very own babies .. .The Rhythm Starters…..under the gifted guidance  and tutelage of  Candice Thomas.

 Rhythm Starters demonstrated their skills and give us a preview of their developing skills and talents
 as some of them  prepare to take their rightful places in Positive Vibrations in the future.

Genesis and Pantones were simply the  grace notes to the wonderful musical pieces that were performed.
Our CAFE Alumni Ensemble …what can I say…SO VERY PROUD OF ALL OF THEM…as my own daughter is a member of this esteemed group! They “rocked the house”" with their usual “showmanship” and expert musical talent and provided a most appropriate  ”happy” and cheerful selection during our free will offering.

The  Positive Vibrations performance along with the interpretive dance and the exciting and pulsating drumming ….”Go Tell It On The Mountain” ended the concert on such a high note for me…I could not move… I sat their savoring  all that I had witnessed and thanking God for blessing this concert, the performers…. and blessing CAFE.
( I forgot I was supposed to go help with the bake sale!)

CAFE”s “ship” is in good hands ….as CAFE sets sail for the “high seas” moving on to the  next level ; with Sundhya at the helm steering the program and administrative growth …and the wonderful, extremely talented and gifted Josanne steering the artistic musical helm and with Candice on board….and of course our “visionary” CEO…Lorna Green.
We cannot forget Liz Caesar who steers the creative arts  helm providing creative and artistic guidance for our Cafe students and   whose artistic skills help to set up our beautiful table display at the bake sale. Last but certainly not least ..our wonderful tutors, parents and  volunteers,,,etc.

CAFE may encounter and have to navigate through  ”choppy waters”, CAFE may accidentally and unintentionally “get off the course” as we sail …but CAFE’s compass “Dare to Dream’ will always bring CAFE  back safely to shore and  to CAFE’s mission…to continue to serve, grow and develop our young people.

In closing all I have to say is …….ALL ABOARD!!!….make way as we sail into the future of CAFE and stop at ONLY THE BEST “ports of calls” for our young people.

May God continue to bless CAFE and each and every one, each and every family represented during the Holiday Season and throughout the year.

May peace be unto us all.

Janet Franklyn

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By sandhya on December 5th, 2014

Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra

Saturday, December 6th
5:00 pm.
Annual Holiday Concert
First United Methodist Church
6201 Belcrest Road
Hyattsville, MD 20721
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By sandhya on November 10th, 2014

Pantones CAFE’s adult ensemble performed at the 25th Annual Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Saturday, October 26, 2014.  This was the first appearance of a steel band at the festival and the audience really enjoyed their performance as there were  numerous  encores requests   from the audience.

The Rehoboth Beach “Sea Witch Festival” is an annual three day event  held over one weekend in October, and runs from Friday through Sunday . The event  draws over 100,000 locals and visitors from  nearby states.  The Saturday Sea Witch Parade featured, clowns, wizards and witches, cartoon characters, sea creatures, historical costumed figures,  and even costumed  babies in strollers. For those who did not participate in the parade there were family events featuring   all types of fun, games and activities for children and adults, with lots of food, arts and crafts and free entertainment throughout the day.  Many of the band members stayed overnight to take in parts of the festival the following day.  We certainly hope that we would be invited back next year. 

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By CAFE on October 12th, 2011

Feet were tapping and heads were shakin’ as CAFE instructor and steel pan virtuoso
Victor Provost, along with his Synthesis Quartet, performed at Jazz Night on September
9th, co-sponsored by CAFE and the First United Methodist Church. Victor plays a
mean tenor pan and demonstrated his artistry as both an ensemble musician and
soloist, playing straight-ahead and contemporary jazz that brought the audience to its
feet. He was accompanied by Noble Jolley on keyboard, Nate Jolley on drums, and
Eric Wheeler on bass. If you missed the show, the next time you hear that Victor’s
playing…..RUN, don’t walk, to buy tickets. Those of us who heard him will be clamoring
to be first in line!

The Sept. 9th event inaugurated Jazz in Hyattsville, an exciting new opportunity to hear
outstanding live music in the intimate setting of FUMC’s Fellowship Hall. Proceeds from
ticket sales support constituent services at CAFE and FUMC. Stay posted for future Jazz Night events this fall!

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