The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Silver Notes, Hamilton County Extension Homemakers’ choral group, perform a holiday show  Thursday at the Noblesville Jim Dandy restaurant.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Silver Notes, Hamilton County Extension Homemakers’ choral group, perform a holiday show Thursday at the Noblesville Jim Dandy restaurant.

Driving by the Noblesville Jim Dandy restaurant on Thursday, I noticed that the marquee was promoting the Silvernotes that night. But I didn’t catch the time.
So I drove around the block, came back and saw that the Hamilton County Extension Homemakers’ choral club, the Silvernotes, would be performing for the next two hours.
So we came inside, got a good seat, ordered dinner and went to the salade bar, and waited for the show to start. As we waited, we watched the nearby tables, all of the Silvernotes, and their families and friends, eating dinner.
The Silvernotes were recognizable by their matching holiday scarves.
The Jim Dandy performance was the last of five Christmas shows that the Silvernotes would perform this holiday season. That’s why Betty Jo Christy told me when she sat down at our table during a break.
Among their holiday stops have been at Union United Methodist Church in Noblesville and Carmel Friends Church.
For each show, the ladies donned a different holiday costume. At this particular show, they sang four amazing sets, accompanied by a keyboardist and, at one point, a Suzuki digital sound guitar.
Christy, 78, Noblesville, has been singing with the Silvernotes for 46 years and is one of the longest-participating member in the group. Sharon Piper is another.
There are also new members, some of whom are teenagers. Currently, there are 13-year-old and 15-year-old members, who both sang with the choral group at Jim Dandy.
Christy said they haven’t had any members younger, because each is asked to volunteer at the Silvernotes’ annual elephant ear booth at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair. They’ve been making and selling elephant ears from as long as I can remember.

Christy sings with the group with encouragement from her doctor. “I have multiple sclerosis, and my neurologist told me, whatever I do, don’t give up my music.”
She said, “Most of the time I have no problem,” said Christy, who has had MS for 37 years.
Christy loves music and singing and joined because her mother was in the group. It just seemed natural. The low-alto singer, who grew up in Sheridan and graduated in 1957, said a lot of mothers, daughters and sisters belong, including her sister, Marilyn Turnbull of Cicero.
As she watched a smaller group of her fellow club members sing during the next act, she smiled. Christy said her favorite song this year is “Jing-a-Ling Jing-a-Ling.” She said, “We really love it.” And she also really likes “Grown-Up Christmas List” and “The Christmas Song.”
The choral club is part of the Cooperative Extension Service, an informal, educational outreach program of Purdue University, Indiana’s land grant university. Founded nationally in 1914, the Extension Service has served Hamilton County nearly a century, since 1918. The choral groups started 75 years ago in Indiana.
Each of the choral groups around the state receive the same music from Purdue, so they can sing with each others’ groups. Each year, the Silvernotes learn 10 new songs to add to their repertoire, Christy said.
In Hamilton County, there are 28 members. And they’re seeking new members. “We all like to sing,” she said.
For more information, call the Hamilton County Extension Office at (317) 776-0854.
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