RUSSELLVILLE – Perhaps nowhere in the collection of small towns in and around Montgomery County is the spirit of community stronger or more alive than in Russellville. This past weekend, the Russellville Community Choir presented its annual Christmas program, this year, titled “The King Is Here.”
A long time favorite of the Russellville, Browns Valley, Waveland and New Market communities, The Russellville Community Choir is 60+ strong with voices ranging from baritone and tenor through contralto and soprano; Moms, Dads, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and kids; all local residents who enjoy singing.
The two hour show was spectacular, rivaling any big city musical production, and all done by community volunteers; from the staging right through the free-will-donation dinner offered before the show. Musical director Eric Foster’s musical arranging talents have molded this presentation into a beautiful and powerful voice of the Russellville community. And, community center director, Darrell Wiatt’s skills along with his behind-the-scenes volunteer staff, made for a most enjoyable weekend for everyone.
Why is the spirit of community so strong in Russellville? Bordering on the Putnam County Montgomery County line, this tiny town boasted only 358 citizens in the 2010 census. According to the staff more than 400+ people attended the show on Friday, 400+ on Saturday, and 400+ on Sunday. That’s three times the population of Russellville! How’s that for community spirit!