LOGAN — When the Hocking County Children’s Chorus held its annual Christmas Concert in December, the packed crowd at St. John Catholic Church thoroughly enjoyed the offerings from the 56-member Chorus.
Along with a variety of Christmas favorites and the playing of choral hand chimes, many folks noticed the beautiful new uniforms the children were wearing, thanks to combined grant dollars from the Logan-Holl Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. However, there is a bit of a story behind these beautiful turquoise and black outfits.
After the grant monies were awarded, the Board of Directors made the decision to purchase the needed material, and then hire local seamstresses to sew the outfits, in an effort to keep those dollars in our community.
Retired Logan-Hocking Home Economics Instructor Kathy Frasure serves as the Uniform and Costume Director for the Chorus. She organized all the measuring of the children, purchased the needed materials, and then created packets of cut fabric, instructions, and pattern pieces for each individual outfit. Then Frasure went to work contacting local sewers to create the dresses. She, herself, made all the sashes, vests, and bow ties.
The choristers looked beautiful, and all the bills were paid. It was great to know that people in our own community also benefitted from the project. Then came the wonderful surprise that many of the seamstresses chose to donate their earnings right back to the chorus!
“This is another example of the amazing generosity in our community,” said HCCC Director Therese Karnes. “I tell the children often that we are blessed with the dedication of our families, and the kindness of the area folks and businesses.”
This past year, Citizens Bank of Logan stepped forward to refurbish an empty building for the children to call their new home. Now this once vacant spot is alive with music, children and young families.
In addition, many local restaurants have signed on to be part of the “HCCC Family Night Out”. Every Monday night from September through May, over 50 young families travel into the heart of Logan to bring their children to/from rehearsals at the HCCC music room.
Because both the Junior Chorus and Senior Chorus rehearsals are held during dinnertime hours, it was a benefit to both the HCCC folks and downtown Logan eateries to offer an incentive for the families to stay in town and have dinner together, or pick up dinner on their way home. Chorister families simply present their membership card at a number of restaurants for various discounts and freebies.
A United Way Agency, the HCCC is open to all children of Hocking County in grades two through eight. This includes children in public schools, private schools, and those who are homeschooled. The chorus is open to children of all abilities. For more information, visit the website www.hockingcochildrenschorus.org/ or find HCCC on Facebook.