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You thought that you could remove the need to make music from your soul? No you can’t.

Once the need is there, it is always there. So if you thought the Senior Centre Singers were never going to sing again, you would be wrong! They won’t be doing the big concerts they used to perform, for there was simply not enough help to do the work involved. So, you do get to hear them sing again!

There is a smaller concert and special celebration April 21 at 7:30 pm IN THE SENIOR CENTRE AUDITORIUM. Pay attention to the location I just gave you. You might want to call for your tickets before you read what they are doing because the space is quite restricted compared to the Lion’s Auditorium. You can call the Centre at 519-688-2520, or get tickets at the door, but frankly I wouldn’t bet on there being any tickets left. The price is $5 a ticket with refreshments to follow.

The Singers will be celebrating 25 Years of Making Beautiful Music. Can you believe 25 years has passed since the Senior Centre Singers began singing?

Like past concerts, you will be getting old and new songs and ever-popular singsong. This mini concert could have up to 50 singers performing; in fact, I believe it was they who wanted a concert. Well, from the sounds of it, their adoring public wanted another concert as well.

The changes to a smaller venue, with no risers from Kitchener to muscle in and out, will give a more homey and relaxed atmosphere.

Rachel Parker is still directing and has also arranged for a special guest appearance from the Senior Centre Bell Ringers, who will perform for about 20 minutes. All in all it will be another wonderful night of music to remember.

Much like music in your soul, authors also have stories inside of them that need to come out as well. The next event I wish to tell you about occurs next Tuesday the 14th, 2 p.m. at the Tillsonburg Library, when Elaine Cougler will do spend an hour or so reading and answering questions from from the second book of her Loyalist Trilogy, The Loyalist’s Luck.

Now perchance, you maybe thinking that you have heard this song, I mean plug, before; and you would be correct! Elaine had planned on doing this very thing previously and I wrote all about the award that she had won, but there was a mix up in communications and her adoring public, some who did not know we were supposed to call in advance to let the library know we were going to attend, discovered it had been cancelled because they thought no one was going to come!

Fortunately Elaine is returning this coming Tuesday, so you best call 519-842-5571 if you wish to attend... right now!

Here is a brief refresher of the very well researched first book in the series The Loyalist’s Wife: When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler's Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.

This second book, Loyalist's Luck, continues the story: When the revolutionary war turns in favour of the Americans, John and Lucy flee across the Niagara River with almost nothing. They begin again in Butlersburg, a badly supplied British outpost surrounded by endless trees. John is off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she is left behind with her young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy. With vivid scenes of heartbreak and betrayal, heroism and shattered hopes, Elaine Cougler takes us into the hearts and homes of Loyalists still fighting for their beliefs, and draws poignant scenes of families split by political borders. This story shows us the courage of ordinary people who, in perilous times, become extraordinary.

If you like history and want to know what it was like for our forefathers to come and settle in Canada, these books are an excellent and entertaining way to understand what it took to form our country. I can’t wait to get my copy of the Loyalist Luck and nag Elaine to write faster on the final book The Loyalist Legacy.


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