Carriage Towne News
---- — EXETER - A cappella singing groups Tuckermans at 9 and The Sugarbeats team up for a Christmas benefit concert at Verdant Pastures Auditorium in Epping, at 7:30 p.m., on Sat., December 15. Proceeds will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Community Assistance Center in Exeter.
Tuckermans at 9, called T9 by fans, is known throughout New England for their special interpretations, without instruments, of pop, rock, and light jazz favorites. In the holiday spirit, they’ll also offer a number of seasonal songs. The seven-voice group’s wide repertoire pleases every age and taste. The Sugarbeats of Exeter are gaining acclaim throughout the Seacoast and will open the show.
Audiences at Verdant Pastures Auditorium enjoy extraordinary acoustics, a beautiful hardwood proscenium stage, comfortable seating, and plenty of free parking. The setting is an historic 100-acre farm just off Route 27 on Ladd’s Lane in Epping.
Exeter St. Vincent de Paul has helped the less fortunate of the area for the past 23 years. Last November, the group opened the Community Assistance Center at 53 Lincoln Street, which houses its Food Pantry and offices. During the past 12 months, St. Vincent de Paul has served over 2,300 families and 140,000 meals.
The 100-volunteer organization also provides employment assistance, health and senior services, and programs that help with fuel, utilities, and other essentials.
“We are very grateful,” says Cleo Castonguay, president of the St. Vincent de Paul board, “to Verdant Pastures, Tuckermans at 9, and The Sugarbeats for helping us help those in need. And all while providing some wonderful entertainment for the community.”
“Audiences of all ages enjoy T9 because there’s literally something familiar there for everyone,” adds Miller. “We choose just plain good, well-written material; we also have a lot of fun on stage and it’s contagious for the audience!
It’s really a show, not just a concert. And we’re really looking forward to performing with The Sugarbeats to help out Exeter St. Vincent de Paul.”