‘The Skipper’ explains Jewish holiday season through song.
What is it like being a Jewish guy in The Villages during the Christmas season?
“Oy Vey” as Mark “The Skipper” Finkle might say.
The singer and entertainer recently performed for the “Yule Sing” and talked about ups and downs of Christmas in Florida’s friendliest hometown.
“I’m a Jewish boy and when I first moved to The Villages, I had wonderful neighbors across the street and on either side, but they just didn’t quite understand,” The Skipper said.
The good neighbors were worried about The Skipper. He described the close Christmas encounter with his gentle Gentile street partners this way:
“They said, ‘Oh, we don’t want you to be alone at Christmas.’ I told them, I’m Jewish, I can be alone at Christmas. ‘No,’ they said, ‘we want you to come to our house.’ No, I told them, I can be alone, it’s not a big deal. ‘Nooo, we’ll come and sit with you.’”
Finally, they settled this Christmas tug of war when The Skipper and his neighbors reached a holiday peace accord.
“We sort of compromised,” The Skipper said. “What I did, is sing this song for them.”
The song is called “Ain’t Nobody’s Business (Hanukkah)“, which starts like this: “Instead of singing deck the halls, I’ll stay home and eat matzah balls.”
The Skipper will sing “I Sing For You”, “Abraham, Martin and John” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”.
Kevin O’Connell will deliver a short sermon about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and thought. Kevin will also direct the music.
Nancy Doggett will play the Memorial Chimes