With the performance of this year's holiday concert, "Joy," the Village Singers completed their 16th season.

"Joy" was just that, a joy to collaborate with the Metropolitan Singers from Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School and children from the Columbus Jewish Day School, celebrating the holidays of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas.

Songs performed included "Elijah Rock," "Ocho Kandelikas," "I Remember December," "Believe," Irving Berlin's "Christmas Medley" and many more.

Our concert this year was directed by Nick Klein, music director at Grove City High School and we were accompanied by longtime Village Singers accompanist Quinton Jones.

Both men are graduates of Capital University.

Our 17th season's first rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

No auditions are necessary. We are also accepting musicians who wish to be a part of our group.

Our spring production, "Just Down the Road," will musically showcase destinations from "Beautiful Ohio" to "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" to "Fly Me To The Moon."

Performances will be May 19 and 20 in the Meeting Haus.

Funding over the years has come from corporate sponsors Schmidt's Restaurant und Sausage Haus, Ameriprise Financial, the Leventhal Fund and our Patrons Spring Dress Rehearsal and our show admission fees.

Our winter fundraiser, the Pub Golf Tour, will tee off Feb. 6 at Jimmy V's restaurant here in The Village and will run every Tuesday through March 13 at six locations including the Hey Hey Bar & Grill, Dempsey's, Tara Hall, the Germania club and Gresso's.

We are always open to new four-person teams, a $100 team fee will get you six weeks of fun and networking. Email me, Wayne Owens, at wowo@columbus.rr.com for more information.

Pub Golf Tour entry fees go toward Village Singers operations and the Village Singers Endowment Fund. The fund over the years has sponsored students from Beck School, the Columbus Kinderchor, Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School and the Columbus Jewish Day School in summer camps at the McConnell Arts Center, Columbus Children's Theater and youth and family development centers where instruction in music, drama, art and dance are featured.

Through the years Village Singers have included singers from many, many central Ohio communities totaling more than a 160 different men and women. Doctors, lawyers, cooks and candlestick-makers, students and retired folks reflect the diversity of the group.

If not our Spring Show, come sing with us in the fall 2018 show "It's A Marshmallow World." First rehearsal for that show will be Sept. 17.

I'd like to close with this:

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

Wayne Owens is founder of the German Village Singers.