Like the changing season, the Pickerington Community Chorus' annual springtime rite of sing returns this weekend, promising to bring warmth and light.
On Saturday, May 12, the chorus will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. in Peace United Methodist Church, 235 Diley Road.
The concert, titled "Get Happy," will feature a host of upbeat songs, including solos and a performance by the Columbus Chorus of Sweet Adelines quartet.
"It's been a long winter this year, so I think everyone's pretty happy to see spring," said PCC secretary Julie Rice. "What better way to celebrate than with a concert filled with happy, upbeat music?
"Most of the songs will be familiar to the audience, such as 'When You're Smiling,' 'What a Wonderful World,' 'Put on a Happy Face,' 'Walking on Sunshine' (and) 'Happy,' but there will also be some that are probably less familiar."
Tickets will be available at the door.
They are $10 for adults and $8 for children and senior citizens.
Ticket sales help the chorus fund its pianist and director, as well as new music for its performances.
The chorus has been self-sustainable since 2008, a year after it was formed and financed by the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department.
In 2012, the chorus became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and Rice said it's "been going strong ever since."
"The chorus is made up of adults from Pickerington and the surrounding communities," she said.
"There are no auditions. All that's required is a love of singing.
"Our members range from early 20s to late 80s."
Rice said the Spring Concert was established several years ago so chorus members could share their love of singing with the public beyond community events such as July 4 and the now-defunct Violet Festival.
It also brings a different style and catalog than the group's annual Christmas Concert, for which the chorus is known for performing Handel's "Messiah."
"We love to sing, and once a year at the holidays was not enough," Rice said. "Why not take a break from yard work and come listen to an hour's worth of fun music.
"Besides, its Mother's Day weekend. Take your mother to a concert."