Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1974 · Page 107
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 107

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 9, 1974
Page 107
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Always on Sunday is Nelle's theme By Martha Smith There are a heckuva lot of Sundays in 25 years. ·- AniJSif you're a church choirdirector that's a lot of hymns and a lot of anthems. I know; I was an prganist- choir'director for six years. It seemed much longer. That's why I stand in awe of Nelle Trowbridge Wiant who, last Sunday, celebrated her 25th consecutive year as choir director at Asbury United Methodist Church. A'lot of people know Nelle as the handsome red-haired lady wno has been assistant conce'rfmaster of the Charleston^ Symphony Orchestra sincf'1957. Biujnearly 100 persons remembered her last Sunday night as the woman who has missed fewer than 10 Sunday services in the 1st 25 years. That's approximately 1,200 performances. Not including, of course, the time-consuming, but necessary, rehearsals. A wonderfully warm feeling of fellowship was present at Asbury Church last Sunday night as those who love and appreciate Nelle Wiant and her devotion to quality music gathered to honor her at a-dinner. At the morning service Nelle was given a hard-bound book of letters from.ministers, choir members arid those in the congregation .who wanted to tell her what 25 years of wonderful music have meant to church morale. Sunday night she was given a feast of delicious home- cooking and testimonials by VALLEY DRIVE-IN ST. ALBANS NOW SHOWING STELA RODDY SEVENS McDONUl Arnold is a scream! *· » Where your nightmares end... begins. THURS.-FRI.-SAT. "SCARE JESSKA TO DEATH" "THE HIM DEAD" "ROSEMARY'S MIT" a number of persons including her most loyal supporter and the fellow with whom she.makes beautiful music, her husband Bill. (She met Bill in the symphony, incidentally, when he was conductor. Nelle was never one to fiddle around, so they've been married 33 years.) Nelle tole me,the Asbury story; why she has stayed so long and what her formula for excellence is. She.took the job from Bill who was moving to another church. "I do the things the congregations like," she told me. "I do special requests and sometimes I play the violin if they ask. I haven't pushed that over the years though, because there are some who want me to play every week." It's been a busy 25 years for the St. Albans native. She has had a minimum of 40 private violin students through the years. She has played in the symphony, attended rehearsals, played for Civic Chorus concerts, religious services of all faiths and has been in the orchestra pit for many musical shows. Several years ago she and Bill acted with Kanawha Players. Nothing, however, has interfered with-her duties at Asbury. In "the rare instances of conflict, Bill has taken over choir practice for her, but she explains: "We know so many anthems in advance, there's no problem. I know what my people here like." One outstanding memory of her 25 years was the day in which she played violin and sang for two separate weddings, one right after the other. Dr. J. B. F. Yoak,- at that time district superintendent of' the Methodist Church, had two daughters who were to be married. Nelle recalls: "I played several violin selections and one complete wedding party came down the aisle. The. VIRGINIAN 705-te? Street/343-1125 LAST 3 DAYS! DOORS OPEN TODAY AT 1:15 PM THE 2 BIGGEST BONDS OF ALL AlBLRTR.BROCCOtU- CA«»M (TVtMMOMf HARRY SALTZMAN '«»« 2CaH UOIlllt5lTy Barnes Bond 007 FLEMINGS "Diamonds Are Forever PANAWN'tTECHNIMUR* United Aphsnt PLUS JRflKS THUNDERBAU ·»**»% . ~ ~~- "DiAMOHOS"AT 1:30.5:40.9:55 TODAY SEE WEEKDAYS "DIAMONDS" AT 5:35,9:50 "THUHDE ceremony was held and I sang. Then, while the first party left, I played a violin interlude. The second party, with the second daughter, came down the aisle and I sang for that ceremony, too. Two daughters and two completely separate ceremonies." During a quarter century, some choir members die and others miss Sundays because of illness. But Nelle says: "You never fill their spots. I am never in the choir loft that I don't know they were there. They never are replaced." In 25 years, nine ministers, six district superintendents and three bishops have been associated with Asbury Church. Nelle Wiant stays on. There is no substitute for quab'ty. For you history buffs: Nelle began at Asbury in June, 1949. I was born in OWENS Midtown Theatre 7 BLOWS OF THE DRAGON Features: 2:55 4:30 6:10 7:30 9:45 WALNUT GROVE DRIVE IN AND OWENS DRIVE IN July, 1949. Must have been a vintage year. FLEA MARKET Owens Drive In Theatre Every Sat. Sun. Open 10:00 to 6:00 Rain or Shine All Admissions 50= Marmet Theatre HELD OVER "GEORGE" "LAS VEGAS HILLBILLY'S Box Office Opens 1:45 STATE NOW SHOWING X-RATED-ADULTS ONLY Union Projectionists WARFIELD'S TIMES 7:30-9:30 HE MISS A PARAMOUNT RELEASE DIND DE LAURENTIIS prtjsenlb AL PACING as LIMA PRODUCTIONS MORE Horrifying Than the Original! BANNED IN 19 COUNTRIES! 6evl ALSO SHOWING RONOS 2:29-7:30 FRANKENSTEIN 4:00-1:10 ·· «nm__ MONSTER ALSO SHOWING WHAT MAKES THE VOLUPTUARY THE WAY HE IS... ME! CAPTAIN ALSO: "LIGHTENING BOLT" RUTHLESS FOUR" "ARNOLD" STARTS 9:15 PM "WILLARD" STARTS 11:10 PM Arnold is a scream! A L Bargain Matinees Every Day 1:30-3:15-5:15 The True Story of the Two Cops 7: 1 5-9: 1 5 Called Batman and Robin Mel Brooks' STHIA RODDY STtVENS Where your nightmares end... A BCP Produc'on in Coo from the people who gave you "The Jazz Singer" 1:30-3:30-5:30-7:30-9:30

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