Singing is entertaining, community-building and stress-relieving, said the founders of the Powell Family Sing-A-Long Society.

Singing is entertaining, community-building and stress-relieving, said the founders of the Powell Family Sing-A-Long Society.

Members of the new society hope area residents will join them for a sing-along from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at the Adventure Park shelter house, 245 Village Park Drive, Powell.

“Singing is a great stress-reliever,” said Marcia McLane, an area resident. “And it’s an activity that can help bring community members together. ... It’s a volunteer work that I’ve wanted to do for the community.”

McLane and co-founders Jim Keyes, of Upper Arlington, and Mason Janczak, of Columbus, formed the society which will meet monthly to enjoy group singing.

“It was an idea that Jim came up with,” said Janczak. “(About 18 months ago) we were kicking around the idea of having a choir, but none of us liked the formality of a choir with auditions and rehearsals. That can discourage people from having fun.”

Keyes is a retired music teacher with a background in conducting community choruses.

“I conducted the Delaware community chorus for about 12 years and spent a year with the Worthington chorus,” Keyes said. “The idea was to see if we could get one in the Powell area, because they didn’t have one.”

Last summer while in Wisconsin, Keyes saw a community sing-along program.

“It’s a family-oriented kind of thing,” Keyes said. “We thought we would do that here and have been working since that time to plan it.”

The Oct. 10 meeting is in an open shelter, Keyes said, noting that attendees should dress accordingly.

The society will provide songbooks and guitar accompaniment.

Keyes will also have rhythm instruments for people to use.

“People may want to provide rhythm, or they might want to dance,” Keyes said. “It’s participating in that exuberance of music. It’s just fun to do.”

“We’re very interested in providing a family-friendly kind of activity that won’t require the time commitment of rehearsing,” said McLane.

Janczak, whose favorite songs are Christmas carols, said the society is “collecting suggestions and feedback for future song lists.”

“Everyone can sing. People like to sing when they get the chance — ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ ‘Happy Birthday,’ ‘Fight the Team,’” said Keyes.

The shelter house for the meeting is open-air and people should dress accordingly, Keyes said.

For more information contact Jim Keyes at (614) 459-1189 or jimkeyes17@wowway. com.

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