What a wonderful assignment for Christmas eve: photograph members of the von Trapp family gathering for an old fashioned sing-a-long at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, including 95-year-old Maria von Trapp (daughter of Maria and the Captain). About 150 people gathered in the Mozart room to be a part of the event (the first one in many years!) which started with a rousing “Joy To The World” and ended with “Silent Night.”
Johannes von Trapp (the 10th and youngest child of Maria and the Captain and and the president of the Lodge) told a wonderful story about the first time Silent Night was sung in the United States. The Rainer family singers, made up of ancestors of his famous mother, were touring with their group and had scheduled to sing at the Trinity Church in NYC in 1839. When they arrived, they had found that only two days earlier, Trinity church burned to the ground. Not wanting to disappoint the parissioners, they held their concert on the burnt remains of the church and sang “Silent Night” for the first time in America.
It was a very special evening that touched everyone in the room. The hills are most certainly still alive with the sound of music at Trapp Family Lodge. Merry Christmas, everyone!