Snowflake Ball Hits St. Clairsville Tonight

The St. C. Singers play host to the Royal Family Snowflake Ball in the cafetorium of St. Clairsville Schools. This year’s family dance will take place from 6-8 p.m. today.

Families throughout the Ohio Valley with students in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to shake off the winter blues tonight at the 2018 Royal Family Snowflake Ball.

Presented by the St. C. Singers, the annual winter family dance will take place from 6-8 p.m. today at the St. Clairsville High School/ Middle School Cafetorium. There will be music, refreshments, activities and fun for the whole family.

The Royal Family Snowflake Ball has been a mid-winter tradition for many years. The community event is not only a great way for families with young children to spend a fun evening out together, but it’s also an important fundraiser for St. Clairsville High School’s show choir, the St. C. Singers.

What first began as a father-daughter dance — previously known as the Snowflake Princess Ball — has evolved and expanded into an event that aims to involve the entire family. Girls and boys in elementary and early middle school grades enjoy getting an opportunity to dress up, dance and mingle with members of the St. C. Singers, who will be on hand during the event.

“Everyone in St. Clairsville and the surrounding communities is invited,” Kimber Thornton, member of the St. Clairsville Vocal Music Boosters and chairwoman of the Royal Snowflake Ball, said. “It’s a fun, family-friendly night.”

Children and parents alike are encouraged to dress up for the event, but formal attire is only suggested for fun and is not required.

DJ Warning — the deejay persona of St. C. Singers’ drummer Seth Richards — will provide music for dancing, and photographer Lauren Florence will be taking photo portraits for singles, couples or groups. Portraits will be available for purchase at the event. Flowers also will be available for purchase from Ferry Flowers & More.

Young people in attendance always look forward to the smorgasbord of sweet treats from the the candy table and baked goods buffet– a popular attraction that’s included in the price of admission.

The cafetorium will be decorated in royal winter decor, and most of the attendees to the ball — including members of the St. C. Singers — will be dressing up for the formal-for-fun event. Admission will be accepted at the door, and one specified donation covers admission for the entire family.

“This family dance also gives us a chance to get local children interested in the St. C. Singers program at an early age. It’s just a wonderful opportunity to come out and support our award-winning Singers, give a little spark to the wintertime, and enjoy a night out with the family.”

As the only high school show choir in the Ohio Valley, the St. C. Singers — along with their families and fans — travel to competitions at schools that are typically two to three hours away in the far reaches of Ohio and West Virginia.

The 2018 high school show choir season officially has begun. Because of wintry weather that made travel nearly impossible, the group’s trip to its first competition of the season on Jan. 13 in Piqua, Ohio, was canceled. However, the Singers were able to squeeze into the Cabell Midland Rhythm in Red Invitational on Jan. 20 and walked away with several awards, including Best Set Design, Best Overall Female Vocalist (Leslie Rawlings), Class C Grand Champion and Overall Runner Up in the finals, defeating much larger choirs from Class A and Class B schools and once again finishing behind only one school –Class A Hurricane Red Hot, which was ranked sixth in the nation last year.

The group traveled to Hurricane, W.Va., with their 2018 show “The Grand Illusion” to compete in the Hurricane Red Hot Championship this past Saturday, arriving home before dawn early Sunday with trophies for Overall Runner Up, Class C Grand Champion and even one for Best Dressed Director (Wayne Berk). Looking ahead, the Singers will compete Feb. 10 at the Winfield Show Choir Invitational in Winfield, W.Va., and Feb. 17 at the Capital VIP Invitational in Charleston, W.Va.

Locally, people of the Ohio Valley will have a chance to see the show when the St. C. Singers host their annual winter spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Feb. 15 at St. Clairsville High School. The Singers will also perform at and host its own competition — the St. Clairsville Division 3 Championship on Feb. 24 at Buckeye Local High School in Rayland.

The St. C. Singers will wrap up the season in style during this year’s trip to the Bahamas, where members of the Singers and St. Clairsville High School’s Chamber Choir and Concert Band will perform on stage aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas.

For more information about the 2018 Royal Snowflake Ball, email kimber