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Wbg. ‘Sing-Along’ set as fundraiser for holiday charity

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.
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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.

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