During McPherson's Main Event Thursday night, some Main Street businesses and late-night customers found themselves to be the audience of carols presented by the Sounds of the Heartland Chorus.
The choir made their way from business to business and presented a range of carols to customers and employees alike.
Those working late expressed great appreciation for the carolers.
“I thought they were great,” said Brena Bannan from The Cook's Nook. “We need those instead of CD's.
“It was a nice little break from the normal Christmas music you hear on the radio,” said Lorenzo Alderson of the Main Street McPherson Deli.
The ensemble sang a variety of carols, including “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Santa Baby,” and a special rendition of “Jingle Bells,” which poked fun at the rush of shopping during the holiday season.
“Incredible,” said Ian Miller of Brown's Shoe Fit Co. “It brings the joy of the season. Makes them happy.”
The Sound of the Heartland Chorus is based out of Newton and meets weekly at the St. Luke Church. But the group is made up of women from around Kansas, including Wichita and Emporia.
The group does a variety of different songs throughout the year, ranging from Elvis to jazz. They compete at the state and national levels with other barbershop quartet groups.
The ensemble placed first in the region for their quartet performances. They also have won a number of awards and recognition at competitions throughout the state.
The Sounds of the Heartland Ensemble will be hosting a “Christmas Sing and Share” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the St. Luke Church in Newton, 808 East Sixth. The event is open to the community, and visitors can sing carols along with the group. Visitors will also be able to make their own Christmas cards.