Feb 15, 2010

VR PhotoWalk ~ Hanover

Any time Andy Smith of Visual Realia has a local PhotoWalk, I like to get the word out! These PhotoWalks are very informative and well organized events for photographers of any level. No matter what style of camera you have, all you need is a curious spirit and a desire to be with others who also love photography as much as you do. These events are so much fun!

The PhotoWalk on Saturday, March 6 is a special one. Here is the email I recieved announcing this event. (Note the deadline to register is Feb 28th):

Two weeks after announcing the photowalk, we're 40% booked, with numerous other folks on the probable list. We have two weeks remaining until registration closes, so consider contacting me to reserve your spot for great sounds, sights and wonderful desserts.

On Saturday, March 6th at 10:00 AM, participants will meet at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hanover, Pennsylvania for a demonstration and brief background on the church's Austin organ, one of the top ten largest pipe organs in the world. This magnificent musical instrument has 14,341 pipes and 231 stops/instruments, allowing a combination of over a million possible sounds. We'll be given a back stage look at the instrument and have a chance to photograph it and the beautiful church.

At 11:00, we'll walk less than a block to Hanover's Sheppard Mansion for the second stage of shooting. The building is a Hanover landmark, and the wonderful food and restaurant led by Chef Andrew Little and his staff are a fine dining experience that is unmatched for its great taste, support of local ingredients and visual appeal... that we'll be able to photograph. Chef Little will have a table set up for photographing a wonderful layer cake and two plated desserts, allowing us a unique photowalking subject.

But how could we look at that food without wanting to try it? Each of us will receive a sampling plate of the desserts, which we can eat for our own pleasure.

If the weather cooperates, we'll follow these indoor shooting scenes with an optional mini-walk around the downtown Hanover area. Afterwards, we'll once again share our views through our own Flickr page.

The new twist to this walk is our ability to help support a worthwhile goal. Eight of the ten largest pipe organs have full-time curators to care for the instruments. While the Hanover organ has received around $2,000 per year in repairs and care, and more recently $20,000 per year, age now requires a larger renovation. Depending upon decisions yet to be made by the congregation, the instrument may undergo work spanning three years and expenses ranging in the area of one million dollars.

For this event, I am hoping you'll join me with your $35 registration. You'll receive the organ and church tour and photo-shoot, the Sheppard Mansion dessert photo-shoot and dessert sampler plate, iced tea, gratuity, tax and the knowledge that all net profits will go to the St. Matthew Lutheran Church Organ Fund.

For more information, visit: http://www.vrphotowalks.com/

Be sure to visit the "Desserts" and "Church" pages on the site to read about the experiences ahead, and check back again for additional information to come. Contact me to register, and prepay using personal check, cash or credit card through the trusted AmazonPayments system. (I'll email with information, if interested.)

Join me! I hope to hear form you soon. ~ Andy Smith

Click here to email Andy Smith about registering. Registration and payment deadline is Sunday, February 28th.

I hope to see many Living Word Faces there!! Pray the weather will be more spring-like than winter-like. :0)
Grace & peace ~ deAnn

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