The Wayne Choralaires and the Wayne County Creative Arts Council have something in common.
They both started performances in 1967 and are celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year. The Choralaires began as the Wayne County Mixed Chorus under the direction of Maxine Riefler.
Their first performance was at the old Stourbridge School on Park Street.
They were under the direction of Dottie Light from 1971 to 1989. Director, Alice Welker arranged for them to sing back up for Rosemary Clooney’s Christmas concert in Scranton.
Patricia Spoor took the baton in 1999 and led them in concerts in Hawley, Carbondale, Honesdale and Dorflinger Wildlife Sanctuary.
The group of singers and accompanists travelled to perform in London and Paris in 2001.
Over the years many other local directors have guided the Choralaires in their highly successful concerts.
They include: Roseann Auditori, Betsy Black, Christopher Gallo, Clara Kelly, Robert Lathrop, Tom Lapatofsky, Bob Mains, John Maza, John Propeack, Grace Schauer, Joyce Schwinn, Jean Vitale and Marcia Wolf.
It is hoped that some of these former leaders will be able to join the Choralaires in this concert.
On Monday, June 26th at 7:30 The Choralaires will mount the stage in Honesdale’s Central Park for their annual summer concert with the Wayne County Creative Arts Council.
They will be directed by Patricia Spoor in a mix of familiar music both patriotic and gospel.
Refreshments will be available on the street behind the stage.
The concert is free, however a good will offering will be taken at intermission.
The rain location, if needed, will be announced on WDNH, 95.3 and on WCCAC’s Facebook page.