During its Cartersville Community Service Day, a subgroup of the Big Chicken Chorus will perform for one of its most welcoming audiences.
After warming up at the Cartersville Visitor Center, 1 Friendship Plaza, at 8 a.m. today, 12 vocalists from the Marietta Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will visit seven Cartersville assisted living and nursing home facilities: Tranquility of Cartersville, Felton Manor Personal Care Home, Cartersville Heights, Star Manor Personal Care Home, Fite Living Centre, Maple Ridge Health Care Center and Waldrop Assisted Living.
“This is the fourth year we’ve done [Cartersville Community Service Day],” said Bill Devine, a member of the Big Chicken Chorus, who will be singing Friday with his fellow Bartow County residents — Dave Elvers, Don Jackson, Mac McKenzie and Alan Bowen. “I refer to the people that we sing to on Cartersville Community Service Day [at] the senior facilities here in Cartersville as our most appreciative audience. And I think that’s probably true. These people really seem to [be delighted] when we come sing for them.
“... You get a lot of body language feedback, meaning that you see people mouthing the words to a song. Quite a few of the songs we sing are old, traditional barbershop songs that a lot of these people are familiar with. I remember last year, we were actually singing in a memory care ward at one of the facilities and obviously there’s a lot of confusion in the minds of the people in those memory wards. [When we sing], you get a spark in the eye and you get a smile. I don’t think that happens for those people very often,” he said, adding he also looks forward to the residents’ relatives attending their performance.
During their visits, the Big Chicken Chorus vocalists will perform various songs, such as “Hello,” “Everybody Loves a Lover,” “Heart of My Heart,” “Sweet and Lovely,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “Down Our Way,” “I Don’t Know Why?” and “My Wild Irish Rose.”
“Our residents absolutely enjoy any outside entertainment, but to have the Big Chicken quartet coming to see them once again this year ... brings a great level of joy to the residents that somebody wants to come and perform for them,” said Sharon Seiz-Jones, the recreation director’s assistant at Cartersville Heights.
In addition to performing at select sites today, the Big Chicken Chorus will return to Cartersville Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. More than 50 vocalists will lend their voices to a concert benefiting Advocates for Children at the First Presbyterian Church.