Hoddy Ovitt and Jim Davis perform crowd favorites during a recent year’s concert to benefit Operation Santa Claus. This year’s event, an informal sing-along, is set for 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 16. Photo provided
Not that long ago in the southern Adirondacks, folks would gather weekly in local living rooms and kitchens to enjoy singing traditional songs together.
In the days before cable and satellite television, such sing-alongs or “kitchen hops” were soul-satisfying occasions.
This next week, the tradition will be revived with an informal sing-along which will be raising money for the local charity Operation Santa Claus — conducted for decades under the oversight of Florence LaPoint.
The charity get-together is to be held at 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 16 at Warrensburg Elementary School. Admission is $5.
Featured will be favorite local musicians Hoddy Ovitt and Jim Davis, leading the crowd in singing a variety of old-time favorites.
Those not too enthusiastic about lending their voice to the chorus are welcome to attend and enjoy the songs and memories.
In addition to the music, the event will include raffles. Also, refreshments will be available.
Warrensburg's Operation Santa Claus provides clothes and food during the holiday season for children in need residing in the Warrensburg School District. For details, call LaPoint at 623-3531.
LaPoint said this week that everyone is encouraged to attend and enjoy the evening of memorable music while helping children of Thurman and Warrensburg have a happy holiday season.
“Please join us for a night of song,” she said. “Let’s all get together for the sake of the children.”
Bottle drive, raffle also aid charity
Area residents can also help out Operation Santa Claus by donating their rebates from their returnable containers or by participating in an upcoming raffle.
The local charity has an account at Direct Deposit on Main Street at the former Stewart’s location. When you bring in your cans and bottles during the month of November, simply say you wish the money to go to Operation Santa Claus, and it will help area children.
Also, volunteers are selling Lucky Chance tickets to benefit Operation Santa Claus. Prizes include dinner for two at Brunetto’s Restaurant, golf for two with a cart at Cronin's Golf Course, or an Elite Keurig coffee pot. These items were donated by the two mentioned enterprise — plus Valerie Smith. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. To purchase a ticket, call Florence LaPoint at 623-3531.
Donations sought for charity sale
In addition, Warrensburg Elementary School is holding a “Trash & Treasure” sale from Nov. 13 through 15 to benefit Operation Santa Claus, and area residents are urged to donate items in clean, good condition. Items of value may be dropped off at the Warrensburg Elementary School lobby from now through Nov. 12. Elementary students will have the opportunity to purchase the goods from Nov. 13 through Nov. 15 during the school day. For details, call Martha Smith at 623-4427 or Sue Perrone, 623-2897.