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Evergreen Singers celebrate 20 years with anniversary concert
The Evergreen Singers choir celebrated 20 years this month. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Every Monday afternoon for the last 20 years the Evergreen Singers choir has practised at Grace United Church and the singing troupe will celebrate that milestone at the church on Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. during a special anniversary performance.

Original member Beth Alma said the concert will be held in honour of the group’s 20th anniversary and past directors of the choir will also be honoured during the performance.

The choir was formed in October 1999 by Roger Perkins and has been gaining momentum ever since. Alma said there were originally 23 singers and that number has now grown to 60.

The choir performs about three times in the spring/summer season, and about the same during the holidays.

“We sing at retirement homes, nursing homes. We’ve sung at the seniors Christmas party here in town,” she said.

When the ensemble was formed 20 years ago, Alma said Perkins wanted to have a choir where people wouldn’t need to audition.

“It was for anyone who wished to sing in a group,” she said.

For many of the members, the choir is more than just a place to practise their singing.

“After each practice we have tea and cookies, so it’s a social thing for people who are looking to meet new people, and it’s just the joy of singing,” she said.

Reaching the residents of the many retirement homes they visit also adds to the experience for the performers, she added.

“Well, there’s nothing better than going into these places and putting a smile on someone’s face.

And “shaking hands with some of these people who maybe don’t have anyone visiting because family is far away or they don’t have family,” Alma said. “It’s just a feel-good thing – we like to spread our joy.”