Members of the Blossom Valley Singers were thrilled to salvage the vast majority of the group’s music collection and costumes from the basement of the Trinity United Church this morning.
“Recovering this at this point in time is really exciting,” said BVS president Dave Handy.
The community choir had about $10,000 of music stored in the church, but its fate was uncertain following a Sept. 22 fire that left a large hole in the roof, exposing the now-mouldy interior to the elements. The only music lost was in the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet, while more than a dozen boxes were brought out by volunteers wearing hazmat suits and respirators.
Costumes, too, were successfully recovered, and a large tub of sequined vests and scarves will quickly be put into use in the group’s upcoming concert, The Colours of Christmas, on Dec. 11 and 13 — meaning the volunteers rushing to make new outfits, just in case these were lost, don’t have to go to any trouble.
“Every sense we get is that we’re really fortunate,” said Handy.