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- walker: an enclosing framework on casters or wheels; helps babies learn to walk
- A baby walker is a device that can be used by infants who cannot walk on their own to move from one place to another. Patents have been issued for baby walkers as early as 1851.
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Gay Mens Chorus of Washington DC
Gay Mens Chorus of Washington DC, Holiday Concert "Baby, It's Gay Outside" at the Lincoln Theatre
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) is one of the area’s most highly respected arts and community service organizations. Its mission is to “entertain through excellent musical performance, to affirm the place of Gay people in society, and to educate about the Gay experience.”
It has more than 225 singing members, nearly 100 support volunteers, more than 400 subscribers, nearly 500 donors, and an annual audience of nearly 10,000. The Washington Post has called GMCW “one of the world’s best male choruses.” (March 2001)
GMCW was established in 1981 after the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ historic national tour and performance at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Following that concert, a handful of committed citizens decided it was important that Washington also have a chorus that would use music and entertainment to create a positive and affirming experience for members and audiences, while educating the community about the Gay experience and advocating for equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation.
Now in its 28th season (2008/2009), GMCW is at the forefront of the gay and lesbian choral movement. It sets a standard of excellence in the arts and community service as it achieves artistic excellence while simultaneously touching lives and changing hearts – both on stage and in the community. The Chorus has performed at a variety of venues throughout the Washington area including the Kennedy Center, the National Theatre, the Warner Theatre, Constitution Hall, the Lincoln Theatre, and Lisner Auditorium at the George Washington University. The Chorus also performed at President Clinton’s second inaugural in 1996, and in 1998, toured three Scandinavian capitals. While in Scandinavia, GMCW was received by Sweden’s Princess Christina to thank chorus members for singing in support of Noah’s Ark, a Swedish AIDS services organization.
During its 20th anniversary season, GMCW performed at Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall in joint concerts with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. In December 2002, GMCW was honored to perform as part of the 25th annual Kennedy Center Honors in tribute to Elizabeth Taylor. This performance was televised nationwide, bringing the Chorus into millions of homes across the nation.
GMCW also has a commitment to commissioning new works for men’s chorus. Recent examples include Changing Hearts by Alan Shorter for men’s chorus and chamber orchestra, and Oseh Shalom by Paul Leavitt for men’s chorus and brass quintet – both of which can be heard on our CD, Changing Hearts. GMCW has won a number of awards, including the prestigious Mayor’s Arts Award for artistic excellence in 1989, a Distinguished Service Award from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance in 2003, and a Capital Pride Directors Award for Arts in 2005.
The Chorus can be heard on a variety of recordings, including: Singing Free, Pride and Joy (nominated for both a WAMMIE and a GLAMMA award – given by the national Gay and Lesbian Music Association), Let It Shine!, And in That Moment, I Dream of a Time (winner of a 2002 WAMMIE Award), You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught: The Songs of Sondheim and Hammerstein, with two-time Tony-Award nominee Laura Benanti, and Changing Hearts, our Silver Anniversary Album.
GMCW performs up to four subscription concerts annually: a holiday concert, a winter concert, a spring concert, and a summer concert. GMCW also appears at a number of community events, including programs for PFLAG, Whitman-Walker Clinic, and The Human Rights Campaign. In addition, GMCW sponsors two small ensembles: Potomac Fever, an a cappella close-harmony group; and Rock Creek Singers, a chamber music ensemble. These ensembles serve as representatives of GMCW at many community functions. GMCW also produces an annual Cabaret featuring 12-16 of the Chorus’ most talented members. Two recent cabarets – Love Songs and Other Fairy Tales, and Let Me Be the Music...The Songs of David Friedman – have been recorded.
HIGHLIGHTS OF GMCW'S FIRST 25 YEARS
Compiled by Greg D. Kubiak, with contributions by Roger Bergstrom, Jeremy Brumbelow, Bill Cutter, Rick Rosendall, Duward Sumner and printed, authored materials from the GMCW archives.
June 28, 1981
After the national tour performance of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus at the Kennedy Center ten days earlier, Marsha Pearson had distributed flyers announcing a meeting to organize a gay men’s chorus. The meeting occurred in the old Gay Community Center at 1469 Church Street in Northwest Washington with 18 men, and the GMCW was born. Jim Richardson became the new organization’s Interim Director with the first rehearsals being held at the center, and later at the First Congregational Church in downtown Washington.
Preloved Fisher Price Stride to Ride Walker = $40
Brand new this sells for $109.90 at Toys R Us. (Checked in Paragon on 13Feb09.) Comes with one blue ball. Unhook the back part and baby can stand between and push it. Close the back part and baby rides like a scooter. Photo above is closed/scooter mode.
Looks brand new with very little wear on wheels as can see in photo. Used by one child. Music plays and lights flash like they're supposed to.
Small children can enjoy this versatile toy through two development stages. Newly mobile babies can push the walker around: the easy-grip plastic handle keeps hands steady, while four wheels ensure the walker won’t tip over easily. A simple adjustment to the wheel legs turns the walking toy into a ride-on for older toddlers, with a wide seat for comfort and footrests to keep feet safe when an adult ends up steering. The sun-faced handle doubles as a backboard to a red plastic basket. Four balls are included (ours has one), and youngsters can develop hand-eye coordination by tossing them into the basket. Aural stimulation is provided via the switch on the sun’s face, which offers low and high volume settings. When the sun’s nose is pushed or when the vehicle is in motion, one of two jazzy little tunes plays for about 10 seconds. For quieter play the music can be turned off. --Pam Lauer
The Stride-to-Ride Walker converts from a walker to a riding toy as your baby grows. As an infant walker, it rewards baby for the physical accomplishment of walking with lights, sounds and baby-techno music. When your little one masters walking and wants to ride, convert the walker to a riding toy. In both modes, the Stride to Ride Walker features a ball-toss game that rewards baby with lights and sounds for tossing one of the four balls (ours has one) into the hoop. Rear caster wheels make rolling easy in both modes. Measures approximately 21" x 12.25" x 17.5". Requires 3 "AA" alkaline batteries (included). "
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