November 2017 ttimes web magazine

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A Longwood Gardens Christmas by Bonna L. Nelson

We picked up the sheet music on our chairs in the festively decorated ballroom of the Longwood Gardens Conservatory, a building in the spectacular botanical gardens located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. A gentleman walked to the front of the room, bowed to us and seated himself at the organ. Soon, the holiday crowd was joyfully singing such favorites as

“Silver Bells,” “Deck the Halls” and “White Christmas.” Our seven-year-old granddaughter was fascinated by the magical organ. The rich tones f illed the room as sound reverberated off the Conservatory windows. After playing a few tunes, the organist swung around and shared some history about the impressive instrument. The Longwood Organ is the larg-

Some of the pipe structure of the Longwood Organ. 45