Mainliners Chorus show at Eicher Sept. 16

By on September 12, 2018


The Mainliners Chorus will fill the Eicher Arts Center in Ephrata with the sound of barbershop harmony singing on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.

Admission is free to the musical program at the historic Eicher House, 409 Cocalico St. in Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park. Donations to Eicher Arts Center will be accepted and refreshments will be provided.

The Mainliners, a men’s chorus founded in 1963 in Bryn Mawr, has a repertoire that ranges from 1950s doo-wop to show tunes and patriotic songs. Its program features a cappella singing by about 30 members.

Some of the crowd-pleasing songs the full chorus plans to showcase Sept. 16 include “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Lonesome Road,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?”

As part of the program, foursomes of the chorus will take the spotlight to sing quartet-style renditions of such songs as “My Girl” and “Goodnight Sweetheart.”

The Eicher family built the Eicher House in the 18th century on property across Cocalico Creek from the Ephrata Cloister. The Eichers established a farm that by 1913 became part of the borough’s park. The Eicher House was used as a private home and later as a hotel, but was threatened with demolition in the 1980s.

The Eicher Arts Center, a non-profit group, worked with the borough to save the Eicher House and find new uses for it. It established an annual series of admission-free cultural and entertainment events, and it also rents out the building for weddings and other private events.

To learn more, call 717-738-3084.

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