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Caroling group shares old tunes

The Olde Towne Carolers of Lincolnton sing at the Arts Council of Lincoln County’s Festival of Trees. Pictured are (from left) Charles Holland, Sandy Eldridge, Diana Bayne and Michael Wright.

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

Timeless holiday tunes. Classic look. Sharing the heart of Christmas. That’s the three-fold purpose of newly formed caroling group the Olde Towne Carolers of Lincolnton.

“Nothing quite like it has been seen in the area in recent memory,” Coordinator Sandy Eldridge said.

The 12-member group maintains about five active singers with more carolers on the call list, Eldridge said.

She started the group to not only share festivity with the community around the holiday season but also provide a way for her and other members to make extra money.

While singing gigs this year have not been too prominent for the group, who are known for dressing in Victorian garb as part of their authentic appeal, they were excited to get an opportunity to perform at both the Lincolnton Christmas parade on Dec. 1 and the Arts Council’s Festival of Trees event.

“It’s just not Christmas for me if I haven’t put on my hoop skirt and gone out to sing,” Elridge said.

Between their dress and acapella melodies, the local carolers consider their shows a rare treat.

“This specific type of entertainment is a new experience for virtually all our members,” Eldridge said. “It has been fun to share it with our singers.”

The passionate vocalist, who revealed her addiction to four-part harmony, has been interested in establishing a singing group of some kind since 2005 when she moved to Charlotte.

Eldridge finally gained courage this year to place numerous ads and flyers in community publications and around town, looking for individuals to join the group and jump on board with her holiday dream.

Her favorite songs to sing with fellow carolers, she said, include “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls” and “The Holly and the Ivy.”

The Olde Town Carolers are currently looking for additional group members. Anyone 18 and older, who has the ability to sing solo, may join.

The carolers are planning to carry out rehearsals during the off-season, Eldridge said.

For more information on the group or to book an event, call (704) 408-1418 or email sandyeldridge25@gmail.com.

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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