The Village Singers are taking audience members all the way from New York to California in their concert, Just Down the Road.

Kicking off the Singers' 17th season, the concert will feature destination-themed music, such as "New York, New York," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Africa," and "California Dreamin.' "

"We started rehearsals with too much music knowing we had too much music," said Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the group.

The concerts will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the visitors' center of the Meeting Haus, online at or at the door the day of the concerts.

Owens said the show will be an upbeat event with familiar, fun songs.

"It was an easy one to put together," he said.

He will sing a solo version of the John Denver classic, "Take Me Home, Country Roads."

Owens said the audience will be invited to participate in a "different manner," but would not elaborate. He said he preferred to save the surprise for the show.

Longtime accompanist Quinton Jones will be musical director for the show. Meanwhile, Nate Terry will fill in as accompanist.

Terri Dickey, who's been with the group since the beginning, said it promises to be "great fun."

"It started out as a trip across the country, but now it's flying to the moon," Dickey said, referring to the song "Fly Me to the Moon," which will be part of the playlist. "It's going to be a great show."

Camp scholarships

On a related note, four students at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School will attend summer camp at the McConnell Arts Center funded by the Village Singers Endowment Fund, Owens said.