The Coles County Barbershop Chorus is beginning it’s Golden Anniversary year in providing an area wide musical community outreach. They begin with the annual Singing Valentines event which will be held on Thursday, February 14th. Quartets will be singing love songs, delivering a box of candy, a beautiful card and a photo of the event to the recipient. The cost is $35 and all the proceeds go to area high school vocal music programs who participate in the annual Youth in Harmony Festival held each fall. Quartets sing in homes or at work place sites. To schedule for Arthur, Charleston or Mattoon, call Tom Woodall (217-549-6671) To schedule for the Oakland and Paris area, contact Ron Hawkins (276-3312)
The men in the photo recently attended an Installation program for the new officers. The group practices at 7 PM on Tuesday nights at the First Presbyterian Church 10 E Charleston Ave. in Mattoon. The singers come from 15 different communities (Arthur, Brockton, Champaign, Charleston, Decatur, Hindsboro, Mattoon, Newman, Newton, Oakland, Paris, St. Elmo, Stewardson, Sullivan and Tuscola).
The 2019 Leadership Team consists of: Jeff Bowyer, President, Bruce Condill ,VP Program, and Gery Conlin, Treasurer are all from Arthur. Charleston leaders are Ron Leathers, Past President, Tim and Tom Woodall, Directors and Youth Outreach. Leif Wildman and Phil Martin (Champaign and Sullivan) are Board Members with Luke Anderson from Strasburg as Membership VP. Ron Hawkins (Oakland) is the Secretary and Doug Finkbiner (Newton) is in charge of Public Relations.
At 4 PM on Sunday, April 7th, the chorus will perform their annual Lenten Benefit Concert at the First Baptist Church on South 9th Street in Mattoon. Like the annual Christmas Benefit Concerts, thousands of dollars are raised to assist area Food Pantry and Homeless Shelter Programs.