Lions host show choir

Mercer High School Show Choir performed at a recent Christmas party of the Fredonia Lions Club.

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Fredonia Lions Club

FREDONIA — The Fredonia Lions Club, along with families and friends, kicked off the Christmas season with a gathering Wednesday at Fredonia Presbyterian Church.

The evening began with a Christmas season performance by the Mercer Show Choir, which has performed in the past years for the Lion’s Christmas Party. The students’ appearance is a holiday treat that the Lions families look forward to with great anticipation.

The show choir is comprised of students in grades 10 through 12 attending Mercer High School. The group was established in the late 1980s under the direction of Tina Greig with the intent to provide musical enjoyment to both the school and community events.

The choir has maintained and strengthened the tradition with several performances each year. The students are chosen through spring auditions for the upcoming school year and entertain for school performances, Christmas parties, nursing homes, community Christmas galas, and various fundraising events as time permits.

The 2021-22 season will see the Show Choir performing 17 different shows at a variety of venues throughout the Christmas season, including Dec. 3 at Lake Latonka and Dec. 11 at Mercer Light Up Night, featuring breakfast with Santa, and Dec. 12 at Cottage Gardens as well as a concert for the students at Mercer High School.

At 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13, the choir brings its talents and sound to the Mercer County Courthouse rotunda as a part of the celebration of the Christmas season, plus several other events.

The Show Choir is under the direction of veteran teacher Michalee Christy, MHS Class of 1995 and four-year member of the choir during her time as a student.

Michalee has been director of the Show Choir and director of choral music at Mercer High School for 17 years. Michalee’s daughter, Abigail, is continuing the family tradition as a current member of the choir.

The Choir entertained at the Lions’ function with “Christmas on Broadway,” “Yule Be Swingin’,” “Silent Night,” “North Pole Rock-n-Roll,” and several other holiday selections. As is the tradition for the Mercer Show Choir, the performance concludes each Christmas performance with, “Merry Christmas, Mary.” This is the 30th year that this traditional song has concluded each Christmas gathering.

Following the performance, everyone enjoyed an outstanding meal prepared by members of Fredonia Presbyterian Church.

Lion Dennis Smith and his wife, Martha, provided the holiday decorations, which included poinsettias that were presented to all ladies present.

As Lion Dennis was finishing plans for the upcoming rodeo, he was interrupted by a visit from Santa Claus. Santa circled the room and wished all a Merry Christmas, settling into a chair beside the Christmas tree from where he would greet each child on his knee with a gift from his pack.

The eyes of the youngsters reminded all of the joy and blessings that this Christmas season brings to us and all families. As Santa concluded his business, he departed with good tidings to all with joy and happiness for the upcoming season.

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