Small-town singing groups are a common slice of Americana.
While many have fallen by the wayside over the years, the Manson Meridian Singers have remained to provide quality entertainment over the span of decades.
However, after 42 years of performances, the Manson Meridian Singers' future was uncertain this season because there were not enough men to sing with the group.
Faced with declining enrollment, Director Jerrold Jimmerson put out the call for auditions earlier this month, looking particularly for men.
According to Jimmerson, new and younger people this year along with several members who have come back from past shows, have since volunteered.
And so, the Meridians' 43rd annual performance, titled "Celebrate The Music of Life," is set for Feb. 8 and 9, 2014. It will feature a variety of music from country and western to a Beatles tune to religious and patriotic songs and a George Gershwin medley.
That is good news indeed.
The Messenger commends Jimmerson for his tireless efforts to keep the group alive.
"It's unique for a small town," Jimmerson told The Messenger in September 2012. "Through the years, it has been something Manson can always point to with pride, that this is something we're able to do here in a small community. That is the comment we hear from people who come to the shows, 'I can't believe you can put on a show like this in such a small town.'"
We hope these shows continue for years to come.