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• WHAT: Ye Olde Yuletide Christmas Concert
• WHEN: 6 p.m. (dinner), 7:30 p.m. (concert) Dec. 9
• WHERE: St. Mary Church, 38 W. League St., Norwalk
• COST: $7.50/concert, $20/dinner and concert
• INFO: 419-668-1641
When you tell someone you’re going medieval, reactions may vary. However, there is very little confusion when it comes to attending Ye Olde Yuletide Christmas Concert, featuring the Ashland University Chamber Singers and sponsored by the Towne and Country Players.
“Last year we brought in this talented group,” said Towne and Country Players Head Volunteer Ronn Koerper. “They’re so well known down in Ashland, they sell out over 1,000 seats every year for their medieval feast. So we decided to bring them last year and it sold out 45 days early. This year with the economy the way it is we haven’t sold it out yet, but it’s selling. At the event you get dinner, which is kind of like in the style of the medieval times but you eat with utensils. Some people think you eat with fingers, so they’re not going.
“The group does a show with the dinner, like comedy music. So some of it is comedic, just like funny things such as not picking your teeth while you eat and stuff like that. Then everybody moves to the sanctuary of the church and they do a concert for about 45 minutes by candlelight, and that’s outstanding. You’ll have Bach, Handel, Mozart and also ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Away in a Manger’ and things like that.”
Serving Erie, Huron, Sandusky, Ottawa, Lorain, Ashland, Richland, Seneca and Wood Counties, the Towne and Country Players formed in 1966 when then Margaretta Schools elementary teacher Koerper and two colleagues decided to fill a need for local wholesome entertainment. Hosting the Ashland University Chamber Singers fit right in with their mission statement.
“First of all, it’s decent and very articulate the way they do their performance,” Koerper said. “The singing is magnificent and the church is acoustically perfect for the Christmas music and the harmonies they do. It’s like a French revival sanctuary, and they’re in medieval costumes, so it all ties together. There is nothing like it around here.”