Organizational reports: Lions of Fredonia reunite for Christmas party | Community


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Fredonia Lions Club

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

The evening began with a performance of the Christmas season by the Mercer Show Choir, which has performed in recent years for the Lion’s Christmas party. The appearance of the students is a holiday gift that Lions families look forward to.

The Performing Choir is made up of students from grades 10 to 12 attending Mercer High School. The group was formed in the late 1980s under the direction of Tina Greig with the intention of providing musical enjoyment both at school and at community events.

The choir has maintained and strengthened the tradition with several performances each year. Students are chosen in spring auditions for the upcoming school year and entertain for school shows, Christmas parties, nursing homes, community Christmas galas and various fundraising events if the weather is right. allow.

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

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

The Show Choir is under the direction of veteran teacher Michalee Christy, MHS class of 1995 and a choir member for four years while in school.

Michalee was Principal of the Show Choir and Director of Choral Music at Mercer High School for 17 years. Michalee’s daughter, Abigail, continues the family tradition as a current member of the choir.

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

After the performance, everyone enjoyed an exceptional meal prepared by members of the Presbyterian Church in Fredonia.

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

As Lion Dennis wrapped up plans for the upcoming rodeo, he was interrupted by a visit from Santa. Santa Claus walked around the room and wished everyone a Merry Christmas, settling in a chair next to the Christmas tree where he would welcome each child on his knees with a gift from his bag.

The eyes of the young reminded everyone of the joy and blessings that this Christmas season brings to us and to all families. As Santa finished his business, he left with good news to everyone with joy and happiness for the coming season.


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