As I mentioned in my weekly update, there was a special program for Sabbath School 10/02/2010. It was to commemorate the selection of the name of our denomination, Seventh-day Adventist. The 150th anniversary was Friday, October 1, 2010. Dick and Adele, two of the most active members of our congregation, dressed in the fashion worn by church members in the 1860s.
Dick is a piano technician and has the opportunity to acquire some unique instruments. One such one was a melodeon, circa 1860. When he found that a melodeon from a later era was to be used in a historical setting, he swapped the more authentic one for the one pictured here:
Adele gave a talk about how they were dressed and said that her white top and black skirt were copied from clothes from the era by an expert dressmaker.
Dick had sprouted chin whiskers overnight (he is normally clean-shaven).
Adele is not only one of the church pianists, she plays the melodeon. Rather than the two pedals a pump organ has, the melodeon has one that’s operated with the left foot.
Dick left the podium and went to sing with Adele. This still picture is for the folks who are still on dialup.
Here’s a short video of the performance.
After the service was over, the couple consented to pose for a portrait. They weren’t supposed to be smiling but that’s against their nature.
Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone. I had to play with the color and make the picture look like it’s older than it really is.
They have some fascinating stories. If they wrote a book, I’d buy it!