Dartmouth Grange presents something a bit unlikely, somewhat silly, and potentially cute.
Sing-a-long, tap your feet, and join us to see and hear an engaging performance of holiday musical favorites by THE UNLIKELY STRUMMERS
For those to whom the perennial choirs of Christmas carolers are passé, a performance by the Unlikely Strummers ukulele band might be just the thing to bring holiday cheer.
Under the direction of co-founder Cindy Miller, the group of roughly 25 players is based at An Unlikely Story bookstore and has garnered some rave reviews from places where they’ve performed.
“We perform easy-listening songs that everyone knows and can sing along with,” said Miller, who lives in Canton. The ukulele’s varied repertoire is part of what endeared it to Miller. With a background in classical music, she appreciates that in addition to catchy fan favorites, the ukulele can also play jazz and even chamber music.
Miller said that another key aspect of the instrument is how easy it is to pick up, making it ideal for the Strummers, a heterogeneous group of college students and senior citizens, corporate executives and public school teachers.
“It’s a great instrument for people who don’t have any music background,” she said. In addition to performing, the Unlikely Strummers bring the joy of ukulele music to the community by giving introductory lessons at An Unlikely Story.
The lessons are what got the group going in the first place. Miller said that after students had taken her two classes, they wanted additional avenues to explore the instrument and make music, leading to what she called an “informal strum group” that officially became the Unlikely Strummers.
The Unlikely Strummers will be performing from 7:30p.m. to about 8:15pm on Tuesday, December 5th, at Patrons Hall on 1133 Fisher Road. Refreshments to follow. For more information on the group visit unlikelystrummers.weebly.com.
Charitable giving in kind
Dartmouth Grange, host of the 2023 free holiday concert, is currently collecting donations for Westport Food Pantry, which is a Massachusetts charitable corporation supporting residents in Westport and the surrounding communities who may be in need of basic food due to food insecurity or economic hardship.
Please consider sharing in the Grange's efforts to provide aid to those less fortunate. If you find yourself wondering what to donate, these are some of the best items:
Monetary Donations Checks made out to: “Westport Food Pantry, Inc.”
Grocery Gift Cards Such as: Stop & Shop, Market Basket, BJ’s, Lee’s, etc. Food Donations Any canned or packaged foods; we also accept household goods or toiletry items.
Note: Westport Food Pantry, Inc. is in the process of attaining their 501(c)3 status. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.