Press Release-December 2014



NM Historical Society Presents Silvertones Christmas Program


Every year, the North Manchester Historical Society presents a special Christmas program to thank the public for its support throughout the year and to thank Timbercrest for hosting our monthly programs.  This year, the NMHS will present the Silvertones on Monday, December 8.  The program will begin at 6:40 p.m. in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East Street, North Manchester.  There is no cost for the program, which is free to the public.  All are welcome. 


The Silvertones is a group of ladies who love to sing.  They began in late 2010, under the leadership of Liz Hoffman Bauer.  Bauer states that she organized the group because she has “always led a group” no matter where she lived.  The ladies range in age from the upper sixties to the upper eighties and come from all walks of life, including public school teaching and counseling, social work, real estate, farming and serving as a minister’s wife.  Three of the Silvertones also sing with the Peabody Entertainers.


The Silvertones have mostly sung in church and chapel settings, but have also sung in community programs, a mother/daughter tea, and during the Funfest hymn sing.  The program in December will present secular and sacred Christmas music, and will include piano performances.  The Silvertones are Chris Beery, Lois Davis, Bea Knarr, Jeanette Lahman, Miriam Rusher, Jan Smith (accompianist), Liz Hoffman Bauer and Bonnie Dee Merritt (on hiatus).  Ferne Baldwin will provide narration.


The public is also invited to come to the Assembly Room at 6 p.m. for a meal prior to the program.  The menu is baked ham, augratin potatoes, vegetable blend, Christmas Jello salad and pecan pie.  For those who wish to attend the dinner, reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, December 5.  The cost of the meal is $8.50.  Reservations may be made by calling Evelyn at 260-982-6777, Mary at 260-982-1813 or the Center for History at 260-982-0672. 


Silvertones-Timbercrest Singers

The Silvertones: Front Row: Jeanette Lahman, Liz Hoffman Bauer, Lois Davis and Miriam Rusher.
Back Row: Bea Knarr, Chris Beery and Jan Smith, accompanist.