Choirfest Planned At Shickshinny Church
First United Methodist Church, Shickshinny, will host the 16th annual Community Choirfest at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 9. This year’s concert is titled “Bless the Corners” and will feature both sacred and secular music, including selections from the Broadway musical The Sound of Music, congregational hymns and more performed by the Shickshinny Area Community Choir and instrumentalists under the direction of Raphael Micca and accompanied by Marilou Hinchcliff. Admission is free and a reception follows the performance. The church is located at the corner of Route 11 and East Butler Street, Shickshinny. For information, call 570-301-9253 or 570-542-7338 or visit www.communitychoirfest.org. Members of Shickshinny Area Community Choir at last year’s Choirfest, first row, from left, are Paul Chmil and Dr. Kenneth Sarch. Second row: Tina Bartkiewicz, Jean Dorshefski, Linda Maczuga, Becky Federici, Rebecca A. Micca, Annette Walker, Karin Lazarowicz, Kathleen L. McKenzie, Kathleen Gill and Rachel Schwiter. Third row: Stephanie Blaisure, Deb Kishbaugh, Renie Sasao, Sharon Bleiler and Kaydo Rood. Fourth row: Marilou Hinchcliff, Raphael Micca, Dwain Straight, Bob Young, Thomas Swiatek, David Sherman, Barbara Wolfe and Iris Hontz. Community Choirfest was established in 2004 as an annual choral festival in the Shickshinny area. It has attracted participants from Benton, Fairmount Springs, Hunlock Creek, Shickshinny, Sweet Valley and the surrounding areas. The purpose of the festival is to praise God, promote music, cultivate relationships between churches and individuals, and improve the quality of life in the Shickshinny area. Community Choirfest events have included both concerts and services and have featured a wide variety of choral music. The festival has also commissioned several new musical compositions over the past 16 years, including two songs about Shickshinny featuring lyrics by local poet June Kessler.