Little Old Ladies seek more voices for melodies

NEIGHBORS

February 01, 2002|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COME, SING AND have fun could be the motto of a newly formed barbershop chorus for women starting up at the Pasadena Senior Center.

The chorus, aptly named the Little Old Ladies from Pasadena, is searching for women over 55 who can carry a tune and who are willing to commit to practicing at home (or in the car) and to attending weekly rehearsals from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at the center.

Linda DePauw, chorus tenor and volunteer director of the new group, said that women interested in the chorus should not be intimidated.

"We don't have a formal audition requirement, and you don't have to have a fantastic voice to become a member," she said. "We're looking for women with ordinary voices, with or without formal music experience or training, to join us to have fun. We take our music seriously, but we don't take ourselves seriously."

The Little Old Ladies are not affiliated with any formally organized barbershop groups such as Sweet Adelines, DePauw explained.

"We buy our own sheet music and don't go to competitions; instead we perform at local senior centers, nursing homes and similar places," she said.

Provisions have been made for singers who because of physical problems cannot stand up to rehearse or perform.

Singers sit to rehearse, alleviating stress on arthritic hips and knees.

Performing costumes are simple, comfortable and easily adaptable to singers who use wheelchairs.

With rehearsals scheduled to start this morning, DePauw is eagerly awaiting the turnout.

"Ultimately, I would like to have 20 singers in chorus, but realistically I will be happy just to have a few new women who love to sing come out and join us," she said. "It's fun and extremely healing."

To borrow a line from the Little Old Ladies' theme song: Go Ladies, Go Ladies, Go Ladies Go.

The Pasadena Senior Center is at 4103 Mountain Road in the Lake Shore Plaza shopping center.

Information: 410-437-5379

Better with age?

Is it trash or treasure? Find out more about your antiques and collectibles at an antique appraisal event from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 at Magothy United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 3703 Mountain Road.

An appraiser will estimate the value of items. The cost is $5 per item with a maximum of two items per person.

Refreshments will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the church's world missions fund.

Information: 410-437-8143.

New members

The Riviera Community Improvement Association recently installed new officers and board members for 2002.

Taking office are: Donald Meyett, president; Pat Kiley, vice president; Brenda Meyett, recording secretary; Lee Espergren, treasurer; and Cass Gorski, corresponding secretary.

Two new board members, Lee Archibald and Pat Kelly, were installed.

New RCIA committee chairs are Frank Fogle, boat ramp; Linda Adams, membership; and Ruth Ann Thuman, special events.

The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Jenkins Memorial Church, 133 Riviera Drive.

Information: 410-255-4721

Citrus for sale

The East Anne Arundel Lions Club is taking orders for temple oranges and ruby red grapefruits delivered fresh from Florida.

Temple oranges can be ordered in half cases or quarter bags. Grapefruits are available in full- and half-case lots and quarter bags.

Orders will be accepted through Feb. 9.

Orders can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16 at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road.

Proceeds benefit Lions Sight and Sound projects.

Information: 410-255-7207 or 410-255-1128.

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