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Smithville United Methodist Church

On Sunday, August 22, 2004, I sang my first solo at Smithville United Methodist Church. The piano in the background of this page is playing a sample of the song I chose to sing for that first solo, Mozart's "Alleluja". It felt wonderful to perform again. I was a music major in college, trained as a coloratura soprano. Singing used to be a very big part of life, until my tremor began in December, 1999. Two years after that tremor began I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. I felt the tremor was too distracting, which is one of the reasons I stopped singing. After singing a solo for my parent's at their 50th Wedding anniversary I realize how much I missed performing. I finally decided to stop letting the Parkinson's take over everything and return to singing...

I chose Smithville United Methodist Church, not only because I grew up a Methodist, but also because of its history. As the Historic Marker says on the outside "This brick church, dedicated in 1840, is the oldest standing methodist church in Calvert County...Fielder Bowie Smith gave land for this church." Our home, the Highlands, once had a 300 acre yard, where this church was part of that Smith Family's property, hence the name Smithville, after the Smith Family. Fielder also donated bricks for the construction. The inside of the Church reminds me of the older churches I've sung in both in Williamsburg and in Philadelphia. Check Back In The Near Future, as I plan to take updated pictures of the inside of Smithville...