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CBCC sings at Parkfest after placing 1st at contest

Monday, July 19, 2010

Covered Bridge Country Chorus
GREENCASTLE -- Covered Bridge Country Chorus (CBCC) will be entertaining the crowds at Parkfest Tuesday night from 7 to 8 p.m. at Robe Ann Park.

This is the second time the chorus has been asked to participate, and they are thrilled to sing for the community after recently winning first place at the Area 4 Convention and Contests of Harmony, Inc.

CBCC is a women's a cappella group of Harmony, Inc. based in Greencastle that sings in the barbershop style. CBCC sings in Greencastle and the surrounding community, performing for crowds as a chorus, in small groups, or as quartets in many different settings.

Throughout the year, CBCC entertains at shows, nursing homes, churches, community groups, reunions, area and international contests, social gatherings and holiday parties. They sing all types of music; some of the types showcased at Parkfest will include Disney music, songs from the '50s, a little jazz, and their two new contest songs, "You Turned the Tables On Me" and "Time After Time."

After entertaining at Parkfest, their next outings include a performance at The Waters on Aug. 30 and a performance for a fundraiser at the airport on Sept. 11.

In June, the chorus competed in its Area 4 Convention and Contests (AC&C) and took first place out of five choruses hailing from Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois. They also won the "Nancy Stephenson Award," which is awarded to the highest scoring small chorus of 25 members or less. When the contests were over, CBCC also won the Moonglow Contest where the theme for the weekend was "A Bridal Party."

They won for best theme and costume as, instead of the typical mother-of-the-bride or shot-gun wedding theme, they went as a group of scary ghouls and monsters with a wedding for Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. There were no other choruses dressed like them.

Their score at AC&C was high enough to qualify them to compete at Harmony, Inc.'s International Contest and Convention in November 2010, which will take place in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. The chorus voted to go and in order to attend, CBCC has been feverishly fundraising as the cost of transportation to Saint John is no small amount. They have been selling baked goods, farm produce and kettle corn by Geno's every Tuesday night at the farmer's market at Parkfest from 5 to 8 p.m.

They will also have fundraisers at Monical's Pizza on Wednesday and Aug. 9. Flyers will be passed out at Parkfest for anyone interested in eating at Monical's on Wednesday, or you can just check for extra flyers at the counter when paying. Just by presenting the CBCC flyer when paying, the chorus will receive a percentage of your total bill; all you have to do is eat.

Finally, the chorus is teaming up with McDonald's to sell coupon books for $10 which have 10 great coupons of BOGOF meals and other tasty treats. Please see any chorus member or buy them at the Tuesday night Farmer's Market at Parkfest.

With 25 members ranging in age from eight to women in their 70s, these women really know how to sing and have fun. Summer rehearsals are currently held every Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Greencastle Presbyterian Church. During the school year, the chorus rehearses on Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. at Tzouanakis Intermediate School.

CBCC encourages anyone who is curious or interested in singing, fun and friendship to "Find Your Voice" by coming to a rehearsal and joining them for a night.

For more information about the chorus or singing performances, please contact Cheryl Beck at 653-4556 or rbeck@hughes.net.

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Congratulations, CBCC! Break a lip in New Brunswick! Spread the joy.

-- Posted by sbparsons on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 12:26 AM

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