In 2017, the Grosse Pointe South High School choirs’ “Sounds of the Season” was a show-stopper. The students will return to the stage at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 for the 2018 “Sounds of the Season” at the Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center, located at Grosse Pointe North High School, 707 Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Woods.

In 2017, the Grosse Pointe South High School choirs’ “Sounds of the Season” was a show-stopper. The students will return to the stage at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 for the 2018 “Sounds of the Season” at the Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center, located at Grosse Pointe North High School, 707 Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Woods.

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Concert, food drive to usher in season of giving

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 4, 2018

GROSSE POINTES/HARPER WOODS — Between the dazzling light displays decorating neighborhoods to visits with Santa Claus, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

One tradition that has returned for the holidays is the annual Grosse Pointe South High School Choirs’ “Sounds of the Season,” set for 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center, located at Grosse Pointe North High School, 707 Vernier Road in Grosse Pointe Woods.  

Set on a festive stage, “Sounds of the Season” will feature all four choirs – the Pointe Singers, the Tower Belles, South Singers and Sounds of South, plus the a cappella group the Suspensions. The show will feature a list of holiday classics and “fun seasonal twists.” In addition, the crowd-pleasing tap-dancing Santas routine promises to entertain.

“Sounds of the Season has become a family tradition for kids of all ages, as the unofficial start to the holiday season,” South Choir Director Christopher Pratt said in a prepared statement. “There’s something magic in the air during this show; you can feel the buzz, not only from the students, but from the audience as well.”

Tickets cost $15 for main floor seats. Balcony seats cost $12, or $9 for students or seniors. Tickets are available through the choir website at www.gpsouthchoir.org, and at Duffey & Co., located at 15120 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park. Gold Cards are accepted at Duffey & Co. and at the door. Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards are accepted, and a 50-cent convenience fee applies.

The choir students will continue performing their “holly, jolly Christmas” melodies over the weekend by performing as carolers throughout the community. With an assortment of songs — including traditional favorites and secular tunes — the students will be making spirits bright from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8.

At press time, the choir had booked 38 events for Dec. 7 and 35 for Dec. 8 at local eateries that are welcoming the singers to perform for approximately 15 minutes per performance. An ensemble of six groups each night with different students will perform, and it’s not too late to book a caroling group for a party or event. A minimum donation of $25 is appreciated. If interested, send an email to choircaroling@gmail.com.

Season’s givings

Community members looking to give back this holiday season can do so by supporting the Healthy Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods coalition’s first-ever food drive, which began Nov. 19 and continues until Dec. 14. The coalition is accepting donations of cereal, granola bars, soup, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, spaghetti sauce and noodles, canned food, and macaroni and cheese cups.

The food items will be delivered to Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods families on the free and reduced lunch programs at their respective schools. The food will be distributed the week of Dec. 17 so the families will have meals while schools are closed during winter break. Students from Grosse Pointe South High School and Grosse Pointe North High School will help deliver the packages.

Collection boxes have been set up at all the schools in the Grosse Pointe Public School System and in the Harper Woods School District, the GPPSS administration building at 389 St. Clair in Grosse Pointe City, and at the Wayne County Community College District Mary Ellen Stempfle Center at 19191 Vernier Road in Harper Woods. Donations also can be picked up by calling Healthy Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods at (586) 224-3497.

Healthy Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods is a relatively new nonprofit and has been in existence since August. The coalition supports programs and events that promote healthy living in the community. CARE of Southeastern Michigan and Beaumont Health-Grosse Pointe are the groups that have joined together to bring the Healthy Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods coalition to the community.

Suzy Berschback, Beaumont Health-Grosse Pointe healthy community project manager; MaryJo Harris, community organizer for CARE of Southeastern Michigan; and Halee Adams, public information specialist, CARE of Southeastern Michigan, are serving on the coalition.

Berschback’s focus is on obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular programs, while Harris is involved in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. There are several task force groups within the coalition, including the Healthy Environments and Physical Activities Task Force that will create a campaign for Safe Streets and Share the Road community education; the Healthy Communications Task Force that will ultimately assist in gathering information from action teams; the Worksite Wellness Task Force designed to create a tool box of resources to share on the coalition’s website when completed; and the Healthy Equity/Disparities Task Force will be raising awareness of these issues through a series of community articles.

Adams has already been to several schools in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods to talk to students about vaping, marijuana, alcohol and substance abuse.

“I visit as often as I can to keep them educated so they can make informed decisions,” Adams said, adding that most students want to know about the long-term effects of using drugs or alcohol. One method Adams uses to teach the students about the impact of using are before-and-after photos of individuals who abuse drugs and alcohol.

Coalition members are enthused about their first food drive.

“I think it will be successful based on what we have collected so far at the administration building,” Harris said.

Healthy Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods will hold its next meeting Dec. 19 in the boardroom of the Neighborhood Club, 17150 Waterloo St. in Grosse Pointe City. The meeting will be open to the public.

Healthy Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods is on Instagram and has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HealthyGrossePointe.