Around Deerfield by Sylvia Rawdon

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It's 70 degrees, the flowers are blooming and the farmers are planting their fields.

April Fools!

This last blast of winter may have set us back a little but spring can't be too far away. After all, the robins are here and have been singing their familiar song.

But I must admit that this article is being submitted from a much warmer place. Jon and I are on vacation in South Carolina. We are on our 31st honeymoon.

The cold snap is leaving here and the week promises to be warm enough to get out on Lake Marion and do some fishing.

We also plan to do a little touring of Charleston and catch a view of the ocean.

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On Palm Sunday, the combined choirs of the Southeast Ministerial Association performed the Easter cantata, "Once Upon a Tree" by Pepper Choplin.

The Deerfield Friends Church was packed and those who attended were not disappointed. The musical was very well done.

The Rev. Brian Oglesbee of Charlestown United Methodist Church, was Luke, the writer of the Gospel of Luke. He read with passion the narration between the songs.

Solos by the Rev. Don Booth, Barbara Markov, Samantha Zeigler, Laura Baldwin, Lori Knapp and Travis Brown were some of the highlights of the evening.

(Travis will have the lead in Southeast High School's performance of "South Pacific" this spring. You won't want to miss this!) During the offertory, several young ladies performed the song "Shackles (Praise You)."

Thanks to all who had a part in this annual event.

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For those who are interested in singing, you may want to join the Deerfield summer chorus. Many of the same folks who sang in the Palm Sunday concert will be on hand to practice as well as others of you from the area.

The practices begin at 6:45 p.m. May 7 at the Deerfield Town Hall. Some of the musical selections this year will be from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

We will also be doing a medley of Civil War tunes in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

For more information about the practices and performance by the summer chorus, call Bill Westover at 330-654-2199.

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The Civil War will be the topic on April 14 as well, when the Deerfield Historical Society welcomes Robert O'Connor. As mentioned in last month's article, Robert does a historical impersonation of Ward Hill Lamont, President Lincoln's unofficial bodyguard. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with the presentation at 3:30 p.m.

A soup and salad lunch will be available for $10 per person following the presentation. For lunch reservations, contact Bill Westover at 330-654-2199.

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Congratulations go out to the Rev. Jody Hill who recently earned a doctorate degree with a concentration in biblical counseling.

He received this degree from Trinity Theological Seminar in Newburgh, Ind. As a part of the doctoral program, his dissertation was "Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Evaluative Study Applied Behavior Analysis from a Biblical Counseling Perspective."

Hill is the pastor of the Deerfield Evangelical Friends Church.

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Enjoy the wonderful, changing month of April. And gentlemen and ladies, get ready to start your mower engines!

Contact Sylvia Rawdon at 330-654-4324 with your Deerfield news.

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