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Official St. Charles song to be performed at Lighting of the Lights

Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 9:47 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The composer of St. Charles’ official city song, “In St. Charles,” is slated to return to his hometown next week to sing during the Holiday Homecoming kickoff ceremony.

The song first was performed by those in attendance at the Oct. 21 St. Charles Government Operations Committee meeting, which is when the committee gave its unanimous recommendation to the City Council to approve the song. Aldermen gave their unanimous approval Monday, making “In St. Charles” the official city song.

The song was written and composed by Jim Masters, a former St. Charles resident who now is a lecturer at Ohio State University. He plans to perform the song during the Lighting of the Lights ceremony at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at 50 S. First St. The composer’s sister, Barbara Masters, will be playing accompaniment on the keyboard, according to a news release from the Downtown St. Charles Partnership.

The ceremony will feature music by students from both North and East High School chorales, who will provide choral background for Jim Masters as he performs, states the release. Lyrics will be passed around to those in attendance.

“The highlight of the evening will come when all the townspeople in attendance will join in singing this chorus together and then witness the lighting of the city’s holiday tree,” the release states.

Fifth Ward Alderman Maureen Lewis said Monday during the City Council meeting that lots of activities are planned for the Holiday Homecoming event.

“You’ll want to show up,” she said. “It’s a wonderful song. I’m very pleased that we have an official song.”

In addition to the Lighting of the Lights Nov. 29, the two-day event includes activities on Nov. 30, starting with a free showing of “The Polar Express” at 10:30 a.m. at the Arcada Theatre.

Free horse-drawn sleigh rides will take place at the First Street Plaza from 1 to 3:30 p.m.; Santa will greet visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. at the First Street Plaza; and the Electric Christmas Parade will head down Main Street at 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Homecoming events are free of charge.

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