Spring has sprung and, according to a local community choir, next month is the time for songs with American roots to be sung.

Spring has sprung and, according to a local community choir, next month is the time for songs with American roots to be sung.

The Pickerington Community Chorus will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. May 6 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road North.

The chorus, established in Pickerington in 2007, is seeking donations of $5 per person to offset the costs of the production.

According to Julie Rice, a Pickerington Community Chorus founding member, the concert will celebrate American songs, some of which are nearly as old as the country itself.

"We're kind of going Americana this year," Rice said. "We've got some folk songs going, and our most ambitious is an Aaron Copland song ('Stomp Your Foot.')

"Our spring concert is always entertaining and we just enjoy performing. We want people to come out and share what we enjoy so much."

Rice said much of the concert catalog will take on the feel of a square dance, with hoedowns and rambles harkening back to the Civil War era. There will be at least one Irving Berlin song; and others include "Shenandoah" and "Ironwood Mountain."

Currently, the Pickerington Community Chorus is made up of approximately 30 people from Pickerington, Violet Township and nearby communities.

"It's mostly adults," Rice said. "We do have one girl who's in high school.

"Most are from the Pickerington area, but we do have some from outside the area and we're always looking for new members."

Additionally, there will be a barbershop-style song, a quartet featuring two women and two men and a few lullabies, too, Rice said.

Those who wish to get a preview of the spring concert can visit Pickerington's Arbor Day celebration April 21 in Sycamore Park, where the Pickerington Community Chorus is slated to perform around 10:20 a.m.

Those who can't make either performance also will have a chance to catch the chorus at Barnes and Noble, 1738 Hill Road North, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 22. During that time, a portion of proceeds made from purchases with a voucher will go to support the Pickerington Community Chorus and its efforts to attain nonprofit status in 2012.

"We'll probably have vouchers at our spring concert," Rice said. "If they bring in the vouchers, the chorus gets a portion of the sales that night.

"We hope in the future to be a nonprofit, so we're set up to give back to the community."