Free concert Friday |

Free concert Friday

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Crystal Crackers offer a free public concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Summit Community and Senior Center at the County Commons.

The Crackers, of Collbran, 50 miles east of Grand Junction in western Colorado, put on a show combining singing and sly humor with slides and narration augmenting and illustrating the subject matter of the songs. The whole thing, according to a member of the company, celebrates the sights, sounds and delights of the Western Slope. According to several Summit County seniors who have seen it, the show is terrific.

The Crackers consist of a 15-member chorus, a narrator, a projectionist, a sound technician and a pianist (she will not be accompanying the group this week; accompaniment will be taped). According to Anis Kelly, a member of the group, the Crackers have been performing for 17 years.

A partial listing of the songs on the program should give you a sense of the content and flavor of the program: “On the Road Again,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Wolf Creek Pass,” “Today,” “Y’all Come,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Whispering Pines,” “Country Roads” and “I’m Proud to Be an American.”

The slides show people doing “all the fun things we do in Colorado,” Kelly said.

The production will be preceded by the Summit Seniors’ monthly potluck supper at 5:15. Everyone attending the show is also invited to the potluck supper, but please call Senior Services at the Center at (970) 668-2940 so a place can be set for you. Also, bring your own table service and something to share with everyone else – an entree, dessert, vegetable or appetizer.

The Crystal Crackers show is sponsored by the Summit County Seniors Wellness Committee in the belief that good humor is part of good health.

Oh, yes, and what about that name?

According to one theory, it comes from the days when sopranos singing their highest notes could shatter crystal chandeliers. But Anis Kelly said the group just hit upon that name as something that would encompass “our wackiness.”

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