By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The last time folks saw her at the 39ers Club, she was Suzi Jeanette, rock-star alter-ego of Sarah Jean Copeland.
This time, she was Sarah…Unchained.
Copeland, Rev. John Hopwood, Bob Smith, Faye Todd and Ginger Jarvis brought quite a lively and varied holiday performance to the Dec. 20 meeting of the 39ers Club in the Grace Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.
Grace Presbyterian’s pianist Faye Todd played a medley of Christmas carols while everyone enjoyed lunch in a holiday setting of green tablecloths and golden tinsel. Moments later, Todd played accompaniment for Bob Smith, who opened the show with a song specially requested by Liz Sullivan, “Oh Danny Boy.”
Then, with the help of a headscarf and sunglasses, Sarah Jean Copeland transformed herself into Sarah…Unchained, belting out “What A Christmas to Have the Blues,” while Ginger Jarvis played the piano.
She also sang several “Christmas With a Twist” duets, accompanied by Rev. John Hopwood on the guitar, singing familiar Christmas carols paired with well-known hymns sung to a different melody. “O Come Emanuel” was paired with “Rock of Ages” and “O little Town of Bethlehem” with “Amazing Grace.”
Alternating between standing at the microphone and playing the electronic keyboard, Copeland sang harmony with the Reverend for several more Christmas songs, including “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “What Child is This,” closing the show with a sing-along of “Silent Night.”
The 39ers Club meets at noon the third Tuesday of every other month in the Grace Presbyterian Fellowship Hall. The meetings and the lunch are free. Anyone who is “39” or above, and who enjoys meeting friends for good food, good music and a good time is welcome…no matter how many times they’ve been 39!