07/17/2016 Pastor’s Message

August 1st, 2016 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2016

From the Desk of Fr. Dennis

Royal Wedding

 

Fred Astaire danced with a hat rack,

and as usual made  his partner look good.

–Gene Kelly

 

You may remember the wonderful 1951 musical starring Fred Astaire, where he had that famous scene.  According to IMDb, Astaire tried dancing with more than thirty commercially available hat racks before the studio had the prop department design and build the one in the film at a cost of $900 ($4000 in 2011 dollars).

 

Another perhaps more remarkable scene was “You’re All the World to Me” when Fred Astaire danced on the ceiling and the walls.  Again, according to IMDb, this was accomplished by putting a whole room, attached camera, and harnessed cameraman inside a 20 foot diameter rotating “squirrel cage.”  It was quite a remarkable special effect for 1951.

 

Perhaps we might watch the movie for fun with the family (available on Turner Classic Movies, TCM).  Maybe when we want to climb the walls so we can find stress relief, we can do it like Fred Astaire.

 

May your summer be one of rest and relaxation, and perhaps a “twirl” with someone you love.

 

Keep off the ceiling,

Reverend Dennis J. Vincenzo

 

Rev. Dennis J. Vincenzo

 

 

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