Two Christmas Carols

Staples High School’s Candlelight Concert is the music department’s gift to the town.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

On Friday night, Steve Ruchefsky and Rondi Charleston threw their annual holiday party, at their beautiful Myrtle Avenue home.

Like many gatherings around Westport, it was a warm, wonderful way to catch up with friends of all ages.

But Steve and Rondi’s party was extra-special. Their daughter Emma — now a student at Berklee College of Music — joined with fellow former Orphenians for a few Christmas songs.

No offense to any other party with carol singers, but — well, take a listen:


Thanks to Emma Ruchefsky, Joe Badion, Bailey Claffey, Ian Goodman, Nick Massoud, Nick Ribolla and Sarah Quagliarello for reminding us all why music may be the greatest gift of all.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY BONUS: Last week, Staples’ Audio Production and Theater 3 classes combined to produce a live radio broadcast of “A Christmas Carol.”

It includes all the voices from Charles Dickens’ classic — plus music, clever sound effects, even old-time radio ads for products like Pepsodent.

If you missed it on WWPT-FM, just click here. Instructors Geno Heiter and David Roth, and dozens of students, offer a perfect soundtrack to your holiday.

And so — in the immortal words of Tiny Tim — “A Merry Christmas to us all!”

3 responses to “Two Christmas Carols

  1. Barbara Sherburne '67

    Merry Christmas, Dan!

  2. hi Dan- one of my fave presents out here on Whidbey this morn was–
    (drumroll) YOUR BLOG ! thanks for the lovely music, and MERRY CHRISTMAS to all in my old home town !

  3. Elizabeth Marks

    Dear Dan,

    I just wanted to send a note to say how much I appreciate your blog and really love posts like this one. I was not at the Ruchefsky party this year to hear my daughter Bailey and the kids sing. It also melts my heart hearing those voices. So… thank you!

    Happy holidays!

    All the best, Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Marks Artist & Designer, EMJ Art & Design Director, USA for UNHCR – UN Refugee Agency (646) 701-4693