The Continuo Arts Foundation’s Seniors Sing! ensemble raised holiday spirits at Overlook Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon.
Around 50 of the group’s 70 ‘young-at-heart’ singers belted out a host of holiday songs such as Happy Holidays, Just One of Those Things, and Frosty the Snowman.
“I think that you can see by everyone’s faces that we all live singing,” said singer Lyle Brehm of Summit. “It’s an opportunity in our towns for senior citizens to come out and sing.”
“This is part of a big initiative with arts and well being,” said singer Paula Long from Westfield.
“I love it,” said Elanor Bartsch of Union. “I have been singing all my life.”
Common Council President Dave Bomgaars, Judith Leblein Josephs, Director of the Department of Community Programs and Gretchen Masterfano, Senior Coordinator, Department of Community Programs were on hand for the show.
Seniors Sing! members rehearse at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Summit Recreation Center. The group was founded in January and is presented in collaboration with Summit Community Programs and supported in part by the Summit Area Public Foundation, Overlook Medical Center, a H.E.A.R.T Grant, and the Manley-Winser Foundation.
"This group is really great," Bomgaars said.
Since January, the group has sung at many events including the Lord and Taylor’s Do Good Charity event in Westfield and AARP.
On December 11th, Seniors Sing! will hold a concert for the Continuo Arts Foundation’s third annual “Christmas Time in the City” at the Presbyterian Church of Westfield. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and is presented free of charge as a gift to local communities, families and friends.