Seniors’ Column

Many seniors have looked forward to participating in the choral group that meet for an hour every Wed at 11 a.m. at the seniors’ hall.

Marilyn Boxwell

Many of our seniors have looked forward to participating in the choral group that meet for an hour every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the seniors’ hall.

The founder and extraordinarily talented pianist and enthusiastic leader were until recently, Shirley Garvey. Although now retired from the post, the admiration and appreciation of Shirley’s love and enthusiasm for music which many of us grew up with will always be recognized.

For over ten years, Shirley has served to remind us by example, that simply getting together weekly to sing just for the fun of doing so, has played an important role in the lives of many of us. The seniors’ Serenaders choral group could also count on participating regularly for relaxed enjoyment, and also to take part in many special community events such as concerts and special presentations held at various local venues. The Serenaders’ presence has brought so much pleasure to older participants in particular, as well as audiences of every age.

Thank you Shirley, for your unwavering dedication and generosity and for making time for everyone who, whether new to the community or not, was always made to feel welcome.

In their desire to keep the ball rolling, the current choral group membership, which is open to everyone, welcomes Dawna Dinning as the new piano accompanist. Dawna is of course a familiar musical figure known throughout the area and has kindly agreed to lead The Seniors Singers which also meets on Wednesday mornings following the coffee hour which runs from 10 to 11 a.m..

As both Nakusp Seniors’ president Nancy Stewart and Dawna serve to remind us, those interested in joining any of the seniors’ activities are welcome. In our community, those aged 50 years and over are considered seniors and are encouraged to join forces with others in making new friends as well as exploring more about Nakusp and the numerous leisure time, theatrical, cultural and educational opportunities which exist right here at home.

A good place to start gathering information is to drop by the seniors’ hall for coffee on Wednesdays from 10 to11 a.m. Plan to stay afterwards and enjoy a fun and informal round of old favorites with the Seniors Singers. Regardless of level of talent or type of musical interest, everyone is welcome. Each session is held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Seniors’ Centre’s log building located near the high school.


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