Final year for ALBs concert
WORTHINGTON — A 16-year Worthington tradition is coming to an end this year.
“It’s time for some new blood,” said the Rev. Arlen Foss, a founding member of the ensemble.
Keyboardist Louise Wickstrom, who puts the “L” in ALBs, reflected on the past 16 years with the group.
“It’s really bittersweet,” she said. “I have a lot of fond memories, and I got to work with some really neat people.”
More than 35 acts will entertain – instrumentally, vocally or with a reading. Foss will continue to lead the ALBs alongside Wickstrom, vocalist Kris Besel, percussionist Steve Lynn and bassist Axel Wass.
The theme for this year is “The God Who Comes at Christmas.”
“The greatest week in history is when God walked on our earth and Christmas is the celebration of that coming,” Foss explained.
The show entertained more than 600 people last year, and the plan this time around is to do the same. Music will vary from “Mary, Did You Know” to John Denver’s “Cowboy Christmas,” and as always conclude with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
The event raised nearly $3,500 for the Community Christmas Basket program in 2012, and an even bigger total is hoped for this year.
“The goal every year is to raise money for the Christmas baskets,” Wickstrom said. “I’m so grateful to the public who have supported us all these years and for their generous contribution to the baskets.”
While this is the group’s final year, it is hoping to pass the torch to any group or organization who would like to take over.
“I would absolutely help out any organization get off the ground and show them the ropes,” said Foss. “We’re all getting older, and it’s just time for someone new to take over.”
The 16th annual ALBs concert - “The God Who Comes at Christmas” – will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Auditorium, 714 13th St., Worthington. There is no admission fee and no reserved seating. A free-will offering, 100 percent of which will benefit the Nobles County Community Christmas Baskets program, will be taken.
Anyone interested in continuing the concert next year may contact Foss at 376-9070.