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By Brittany Allen
News Editor 

Hymning and Ha-Ha-ing


Lou Marzeles

CONTENTED CANTATA LEADER: Barb Stout, shown here leading the Christmas Cantata Choir at the Christmas Choir Concert in 2014, has directed the event for 36 years.

This season especially always seems to bring with it a heap of family traditions, whether that comes in the form of an annual mad dash to The Dalles or outlying Portland to snag Black Friday steals in family fashion or on the wings of first snow which calls for a first sled down Observatory Hill. For Barb Stout, Betty Fahlenkamp, and many other in the Goldendale community, this is cantata season.

This year marks year 36 for this community choral concert. The event actually started out as one exclusively put on by the Goldendale United Methodist Church (GUMC), but when Stout took the position of choir director at GUMC in 1980, she felt it was an experience that was meant to be shared.


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