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Annual Organ Crawl & Korean Brisket Soup

  • Mar 9, 2014 · 12:30 PM
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Please Note: Read all the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) This is a 2 part event. The first part involves having lunch at a Korean restaurant, and the second part involves the Organ Crawl. The events are a la carte, meaning you can choose one or the other to attend, or you can attend both events.

3) If you plan tot attend the lunch portion, bring about $20 in CA$H to settle your portion of the bill.

4) If you plan to attend the Organ Crawl, you must email the church directly, receive a confirmation from them and mail a check for $20 to them BEFORE you can RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

5) The email to request a reservation for the Organ Crawl on March 9th at 2 PM is: [masked]

You will get a confirmation from Kate Grabau, their Advancement Coordinator. She will then give yo instructions on how to mail in your $20 check payment.

6) This event is only offered ONCE a year, so it will SELL OUT in advance. So if you want to attend, send the email to [masked] NOW, rather than later and once you get the confirmation from her, mail you check payment quickly.

7) I will know that you did not follow my instructions if you sign up for the event and then drop out a day or two before the event starts. That will be considered a No Show because you aren't following instructions.

8) The Organ Crawl event is expected to last for 2 hours. It includes a demonstration and Q&A session with world renowned Christoph Bull, the resident organist.

I love visiting historic sites with organs. Most of them are in churches, but some of them are in historic homes and museums. I did find out from the Avoiding Regret blog last year that the world's biggest pipe organ is located here in Los Angeles - at the First Congregational Church.

They only offer an 'organ crawl' once a year, so this is your chance to join me as we learn about the world's largest organ and get to climb and crawl behind the walls and pipes at First Congregational Church.

Since the Organ Crawl takes place in Koreatown, we will have lunch at a Korean restaurant whose specialty is brisket soup.

For more information on the Korean restaurant, check out: http://www.yelp.com/biz/han-bat-sul-lung-tang-los-angeles

For more info on the organ crawl, check out the Avoiding Regret blog: http://www.avoidingregret.com/2013/03/photo-essay-first-congregational-church.html

First Stop - Han Bat Sul Lung Tang at 12:30 PM

4163 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Second Stop: First Congregational Church at 2 PM

540 S. Commonwealth Avenue

Los Angeles, 90020

From LA Weekly:

"What a set of pipes!

When it comes to certain organs, does size really matter? You bet, if you’re talking about the largest church pipe organ in the world, which happens to belong to First Congregational Church, right here in Los Angeles. At five manuals, 352 ranks and 20,417 pipes, the longest of which is a whopping 32 feet, it’s one big monster. And “one” is a relative term; the First Congregational organ is actually two organs — one in the front and one in the rear of the chancel, plus smaller “divisions,” or parts of organs, on the sides.

The two organs are connected and can be played individually or simultaneously. Anyway, if you’ve always wondered how the heck an organ works, you can find out this weekend, when the church hosts an “organ crawl” of the Great Organs, which will reveal all the secrets of this musical marvel. You’ll learn all about stops — the components that admit pressurized air (wind) to a set of pipes — like the bourdon, or the chimney flute, or the night horn or the trompette.

You’ll explore ranks — the set of pipes that produces a certain timbre — and the organ’s winding system, including fan blowers and reservoirs. By the way, here’s a little organ trivia: The loudest organ stop in the world is the Grand Ophicleide on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Auditorium organ. They say that the former organ curator was careful to warn the stagehands when the Grand Ophicleide was going to be used, so they wouldn’t get their ears blown off."


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  • Robert

    If you can't get street parking the restaurant building also has a parking lot behind it.

    March 9, 2014

  • Keong

    Got confirmation from Kate Grabau.

    Thank you so much. We’ve received your payment for our organ crawl on March 9th, and look forward to seeing you then. All the best- Kate

    1 · March 3, 2014

  • Patricia (.

    Will attend the organ crawl only. Received email from Kate this morning & check to be mailed to church tomorrow 11-Feb.

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Keong

    I got my confirmation e-mail from Kate Grabau to mail her the $20 cheque which I will do today. :)

    February 10, 2014

  • Kiyo

    I love checking out these beautiful organs! Too bad I'm out of town!

    February 7, 2014

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