The talented ladies of the Bucks County Women’s Chorus weren’t about to let a global pandemic stop them from celebrating the 60th birthday of their beloved founder and director, Pat Guth.
On June 11, members of the chorus, which regularly practices at Twining Village in Holland, organized a socially-distant drive-by birthday parade. Dozens of horns blared down the street as members brought Guth balloons and gifts.
Guth was overjoyed at the surprise.
“The birthday parade/drive-by you created last night was simply incredible! I was overwhelmed but ecstatic and, most of all, I loved seeing your faces in person and not on a screen, even if it was behind a car window in some instances,” Guth told the women. “You turned what could have been a rather sad 60th birthday into an incredible celebration of friendship and support.”
“When I made her walk to the curb, she said, ‘Who’s coming?’ and genuinely thought we were waiting for one person,” said Guth’s daughter Emily. “She was floored when it was 60 of you!”
Chorus member Debra West said the parade was an unforgettable and much-needed experience for Guth, as well as her fellow vocalists.
“Pat and this community gives each of us so much. We can’t be together right now, and it has had a profound effect on all of us,” West said. “We have been doing weekly Zoom meetings, but it’s just not the same. This was a way for us all to be together to help celebrate someone who gives us so much. Even if it was just for a few minutes. Plus, we do like to make some noise!”
The full event can be viewed at youtu.be/HfrT0Wyr4rg