SARANAC LAKE - The Adirondack Singers will do their best to spread holiday cheer in a series of upcoming concerts starting this weekend.
The local community choir, made up of singers from throughout the Tri-Lakes and the surrounding areas, has grown this year and Karen Butters, of Blue Mountain Lake, once again takes the helm as the group's director.
Concerts include one Sunday afternoon in Saranac Lake and one in Long Lake Friday, Dec. 7.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
This year's holiday program consists of classic holiday carols like "Sing We Now of Christmas," "Ding Dong! Merrily on High," "The Ukrainian Bell Carol" and "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen."
The group will also perform religious holiday tunes like "Ave Maria," Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" and Johann Sebastian Bach's "Alleluia Fugue."
Lesser-known songs in the program include "Winds Through the Olive Trees" by Kirby Shaw, "Christmas in a Small Town" and a joking take on degenerate relatives at Christmas by P.D.Q. Bach.
Adirondack Singers is also raffling off a $50 gift certificate to the Red Fox restaurant in Saranac Lake. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Dec. 2 show in Saranac Lake.
The suggested donation for Saranac Lake concert admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Both the raffle and admission donations go to keep the choir going in the future.
The Long Lake concert, part of a series presented by the Long Lake Friends of Music, has been underwritten by the town of Long Lake and money through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. The show is free to the public, but donations will be accepted to further fund the concert series.
Call 523-4213 or 891-5008 for more information.