Cookies and carols on PHS choirs’ menu

By Belinda Paschal

December 12, 2013

Belinda M. Paschal

Staff Writer


PIQUA — The Piqua High School Commons will be a Cookie Wonderland on Sunday, when the vocal department kicks off its 12th annual Cookie Walk at 1:30 p.m. The event will coincide with the department’s holiday concerts at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts.

“It’s not just cookies,” said PHS Music Director Tom Westfall. “There are chocolate-covered cherries, brownies, Buckeyes, fudge — everything you could want for your holiday sweets tray.”

The smorgasbord of sweets will be laid out on tables festively decorated by choir parents and arranged in a horseshoe shape. “There will be about 14 tables, each with a different theme, like reindeers, snowmen, and angel collections,” Westfall said. “We even have someone who has an OSU Christmas decoration collection.”

Visitors can peruse the cookie tables, selecting their favorite treats. More than 300 students are involved in the concerts and Cookie Walk; they and their families are responsible for providing six dozen cookies each, so there’s bound to be something for every taste.

The goodies will be selling for $4 per pound. Proceeds from the Cookie Walk will be funneled back into the choir programs.

While the Cookie Walk is going on, the 2:30 p.m. Holiday Concert will feature performances by the combined choirs, as well as the Men’s Chorus, the show choir “The Company”and a new feature this year, a presentation by the voice class.

The 4:30 p.m. show will feature a trio of songs by the Piqua Junior High eighth grade choir, as well as numbers by the Concert Choir.

The program will end with alumni joining the choir, brass and organ for the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.”

Despite the inclement weather predicted for this weekend, Westfall insisted that the show will go on. “Neither rain, snow, sleet, fog, hail or dark of night will keep us from having this concert,” he said, with a laugh.