The Three Cs — Crookston, Classic And Classy!

CROOKSTON – They call it “Classic,” and without a doubt it is. I would add that it’s also very “Classy,” for the evening was a masterpiece from the white and burgundy table linens, the décor and ambiance right down to the pumpkin pie with a spritz of whipped cream.

Last Sunday evening Jim and I attended the 12th annual “Classic Noel!” dinner and concert at Crookston High School. The evening began with a fabulous rosemary chicken candlelight dinner in the commons area catered by Bernie Caputo and served by the students. What a beautiful bunch of young people we encountered who donned formal attire and wide brimmed smiles.

Photo by John Loegering, Crookston

Co-chairs left to right:  Seniors Kailey Mykleseth and Kathryn Erickson

We were escorted to round tables. I love being “in-the-round,” because it’s so much easier to interact. Madison Crane was our delightful and diligent server who took very good care of her guests. To add to it all we were serenaded by strolling vocalists and viola and violin players.

Photo by John Loegering, Crookston

Left to right: Ben Dorman and Isaac Loegering 

We also checked out the silent auction items donated by Crookston businesses.

Classic Noel is a fund-raiser for the choral and orchestral departments at Crookston High. After dinner, we moved to the auditorium for a concert presented by the students who had just served us.

What followed was an hour of beautiful Christmas music. Among the selections by the orchestra, directed by Val Buchmeier,” were “A Christmas Canon,” (Pachelbel) and “March,” from the Nutcracker.


Incidentally, Director Buchmeier plays bass with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra which presents its Holiday Pops Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18) in the UND Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Among the songs sung by the Concert Choir, directed by Belinda Fjeld, were “Still, Still, Still,” “Mary’s Little Boy Child,” and “Sleigh Ride.”


There are 100 students in choir and orchestra. Wish I could name them all. I will point out those who were part of a duet, trio, on percussion or chimes. They are: Cody Klamm, Bryan Sanchez, Isaac Loegering, Cyrina Ostgaard, Kennedy Resendiz, Abby Wilder, Kailey Mykleseth, Kathryn Erickson, Kendra Kozitka, Brady Heppner and Adam Erickson.

Photo by Natalie Ostgaard, Crookston Daily Times Photographer

Adam Erickson accompanies the Concert Choir on the conga drums. 

My fedora goes off to all these students who work so hard to make Classic Noel a classy success. I left Cookston thinking I’d just spent the evening with an abundance of future management material.

Good job guys and dolls! You are a wonderful representation of your generation and as the Pop Choir sang, you added so much to this “most wonderful time of year.”

Until Soon