A musically Merry Christmas is in store for all,  when KFIL-FM 103.1 airs “Songs of the Season Favorites” on Christmas Day! This special broadcast, featuring highlights recorded during past concerts at the former Val-A Lodge, will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Root River State Bank and the First State Bank of Fountain.

The program features Chatfield residents and former residents, recorded in live performance, in nearly three hours of beloved holiday songs and carols.  Among the many vocal and instrumental performers who will be heard are Vern Anderson, Brianne Anshus, Kerryn Brogan, Rita Hughes Buehler, Sheila Burfield, Roy and Teresa Cerling, the Chatfield Brass Band Vocal Quartet (Brad Boice, Dan Hollermann, Curt Peterson and Chuck Whitcomb), Catherine Dowse, Elisabeth Dowse, Emily Gjellstad, Sherry Hareldson, Donald-Brian Johnson, Mary Catherine Johnson, Pat Johnson, Paul Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Andrew and Kelsey Keech, Carol Kennedy, Kindred Spirits (Lynn Harstad, Valerie McCook, Joan Verdegan and Lisa Wilhelm), Tori Klomps, Hank Kuhlmann, Mary Hughes Ludwig, Dorothy McConnell, Sarah Paul, Caitlyn, Carly, and Kelsey Roe, Jean Strange and F. Mike Tuohy. 

Choral participants include Jackie Baker; Genevieve, Justin, Lindsy, Nate, and Teresa Becker; Bill Brueck; Gloria Budd; Emilie and Valerie Coe; Cathleen, Chuck, Marilyn, Erin, Jaime and Charles M. Johnson, Sr.; Alex and Maggie Rose Keech; Karen Long; Calvin and Colby Verdegan, and the Youth Choir from the 2003 Western Days pageant, “The Chosen Valley.”

“Songs of the Season Favorites” has inspirational holiday songs for every taste — over 60 selections in all — from “Ave Maria” and “O Holy Night” to several original compositions. There are solos, duets and small group performances, as well as full choral renditions of such timeless melodies as “Silent Night.”

For those wanting to enjoy the musical memories year-round, a double CD set of the program, priced at $10, is available at the Root River State Bank.

Make a holiday celebration musically merry by tuning in the original “Songs of the Season Favorites” on KFIL-FM, at 5:30 p.m. Christmas Day.

A special 2017 holiday note: Pat and Don Johnson, Mary Hughes Ludwig, Hank Kuhlmann and Carol Kennedy will present a short program of seasonal songs at the Chosen Valley Care Center on Friday, Dec. 22. The 1:30 p.m. concert for care center residents is also open to all others in the community who would like to attend.