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November 30, 2012

'Home for Christmas'

Tree lighting, parade usher in holiday on Saturday

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Somerset —

Evans noted that after last year’s bitterly cold even, fewer entertainment acts were scheduled this year so as to keep people out in bad weather for a shorter amount of time, but the ones they do have are sure to please.
The Massey Sisters, a well-known vocal trio from this area, will be honoring the World War II era by performing in the style of another set of musical siblings — the famed Andrews Sisters, household names in the 1940s.
“We’re singing ‘Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,’ ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,’ songs in the style of the Andrews Sisters,” said Heather Massey, one of the group’s members and a music teacher at Somerset High School. She noted that with her and her sisters’ backgrounds in music education, they were already familiar with the historical contributions of the Andrews Sisters and enjoyed the chance to bring those famous numbers to live once more here in Somerset.
“This is a great opportunity to perform these works,” she said. “They’re three sisters, we’re three sisters, so the harmonies came together because the timbres of our voices match pretty well.”
Additionally, emcee John Alexander will be reading a letter he found and researched at the Pulaski County Library, a message from a marine dated December 17, 1944 to his two little boys back home. The trip back into time will be sure to stir the hearts of those in attendance as they get a glimpse into what life was like during World War II on the homefront and away.
“I wanted to be able to show that the same things we worried about back then are the same things we worry about now,” said Alexander. “The letter explains to the boys why he’s doing what he’s doing. It talks about bullies and how that’s why (he’s fighting), so that this sort of thing wouldn’t happen again down the road and other fathers don’t have to spend Christmases away from their sons.”

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