The Parkside Choralaires have been an asset to the town and Parkside Manor for some 30 years. No written records are available, but judging by memories of past pianists and directors the members have been donning their white shirts, navy pants and ties to sing for seniors in lodges, children in elementary schools, at Remembrance Day Ceremonies and the Christmas Carol Festival for a very long time. It is significant that Verna Bodie’s name appears on some copies of the music on file and many will also remember the dedication of Iris Wilson and Myra Evanson leading the choral group.
Present day directors are Sarah Lee, who joined the group last year, bringing it to a high standard of performance to the delight of all with the expert and dedicated assistance of the accompanist of many years, Vera Jensen. The performances and practices provide a time of enjoyment and camaraderie for the members and especially for seniors in lodges who recognize the music that is performed, frequently joining in with clapping hands and tapping toes. Children in schools enjoy songs familiar to them, nonsense songs and “Knock Knock” jokes!
Prospective members have to be 50 plus years of age to join Parkside Manor and pay the nominal yearly fee. Part of the enjoyment of the group are the occasional dinners and trips out of town they enjoy together.
It is not necessary that the singers be able to read music, but it is necessary that they become committed to the objectives of the group in learning and performing on a weekly basis on Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. at Parkside Manor on 50th Avenue for practices and/or designated times for performances.
A couple of members are over 90 years of age, the youngest keep their ages secret! Come and join the oldest – that is – the longest performing group of singers/performers in town.
Age is not a requisite, but enthusiasm is!