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More than 300 senior citizens attend WHS music concert

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Watertown High School pulled out all the bells and whistles to get local senior citizens in the holiday spirit.

The high school held its annual senior citizen concert with the theme “Joy to the World” Thursday afternoon, creating the beginning of a joyful holiday season for about 300.

Afterward, they piled into the high school cafeteria for early dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, ice cream and pumpkin pie.

“They usually don’t have to do much advertising anymore because there’s enough word of mouth for people to start calling in July,” said district office clerk Kara A. Mabee.

A committee of administrators, music directors, and transportation employees begin working on the event in November, according to Superintendent Terry N. Fralick.

One of the event organizers, music director Russell J. Faunce, said the event started more than 20 years ago.

“The senior citizens in Watertown really had no reason to come to the high school, so we got them here,” he said. “It’s great to see the interaction between the seniors and the students.”

Dozens of students from the select choir and wind ensemble helped to serve dinner and dessert after school to make the senior citizens’ experience as enjoyable as possible.

“It’s nice to see what teenagers are really like today,” said Toni R. Silliman, Watertown. “They’re good, hardworking and talented kids.”

Mrs. Silliman had volunteered with the select choir for 20 years. In the past few years, however, she decided to attend the concerts strictly as a viewer.

For some, attending the matinee meant supporting family.

Ann M. Wise, Watertown, primarily came to the event two years in a row to see her 16-year-old granddaughter, Genny Wise, sing in the select choir.



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