By Resident Ella Mae Bard —
The Vintage Voices, a favorite among Kendal residents, returned for a concert of seasonal music. The program is different each time. This year “A Bit of Christmas” featured some traditional carols and holiday favorites such as “White Christmas” and “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Members of the Vintage Voices are people age 50 + who enjoy music and who travel from around the county to rehearse and perform. Two Kendal residents and one staff member are among the more than 60 voices. The group is under the direction of Chuck Beck, assisted by Barb Beck, and accompanied by Marcia Brennon.
They present three public concerts each year with “dress rehearsals” at several senior residence locations in the county. Kendal is fortunate to be one of those locations.
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The December concert for the general public is presented during the annual Granville Christmas Candlelight walking tour on the first Saturday in December. In the spring the singers present a public concert on Palm Sunday afternoon and precede it with “dress rehearsals” at Kendal and two other senior locations.
The Vintage Voices’ annual patriotic program is a July 4 tradition in Granville. The July program includes the presentation of flags by Licking County veterans, recognizing current service men and women and veterans of all U.S. forces. Kendal looks forward to hearing all three annual concerts.
In addition to being the site of the choir’s public concerts, Centenary United Methodist Church in Granville supports the local community group by providing space for rehearsals and for the storage of music and equipment. The Granville Community Foundation and donations from individuals also assist the Vintage Voices.
The mixed-voice choir was founded in 1999 by Teddy Westlake. Now, the group’s director emerita, she resides at Kendal at Granville.