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February 24, 2002
Sunday (Letters)

Wabash Valley Chorus preparing for summer trip

Terre Haute has a largely undiscovered jewel in it's midst. The Banks of the Wabash Chorus is a group of men who belong to a national organization with 34,000 members, along with associated organizations in Europe and Australia. We are dedicated to the perpetuation of accapella music in general , and barbershop harmony specifically. We assist in the support of both local and national charities.

In about 1985 we purchased the old Village Cinema, which was previously the Garfield Theater. What would have become a pile of brick dust is now a productive building used for Children's Theater productions, as well as a practice facility for The Banks of the Wabash and Sweet Harmony choruses. It is available for lease by the community organizations.

Last October our chorus competed in district competition and won the right to represent the Cardinal District in competition in Portland, Ore., in July. We are now rated in the top 20 choruses out of 800 in the U.S. and many more from around the world. We hope to represent the Wabash Valley well. If effort means anything, you will be proud of what we do for you.

In addition to this trip, we are in the planning stages in preparation for refurbishing our theater. We hope to proceed with the project some time in the next 18 months. All of these things are made possible by the moral and financial support of the community. For this we thank you.

Any questions about our group or our plans may be directed to Ron Farlin at (812) 466-1566.

-- Ron Farlin