Africa University choir to visit area

NEWCOMB-The Africa University Choir, comprising students of four African countries, will perform at the Newcomb Central School June 14, at 7 p.m.

Reverend Carol Ames of the Newcomb United Methodist Church said "it's quite an honor" to be on the group's tour schedule.

Ames seized the opportunity to host the group when she heard the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church was asking member congregations if they'd like a visit from the multi-national singers.

"So I called," she said, "I started the ball rolling and this'll be wonderful."

While in the area, Ames said the choir members will visit host families, and there will be a large dinner for the families and choir members.

As they leave, the choir is scheduled to visit the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, so "hopefully they'll get to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Adirondacks," said Ames, "besides the black flies."

Africa University in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, enrolled its first class of 40 students in 1992. Currently, there are 1,300 students from 23 different African countries. The university is a United Methodist-related institution and is intended to serve the entire continent of Africa.

Newcomb will be among 15 stops around northern New York for the choir on their 16-day tour.

Admission to the event is free, though a freewill offering will be received to help defray the group's travel costs, said Ames.

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