Area residents sing on ‘Hometown Christmas’ album

A heartwarming collection of Christmas songs professionally recorded and performed by southwest Kansans is now on sale.

The 5th anniversary edition “Hometown Kansas Christmas” CD includes songs performed, and in some cases written by, a group of local people ranging in age from 10 to over 60. The goal of the talented and diverse group is to capture the true spirit of the Christmas holiday.

The two-disc CD features 28 songs, including traditional fare such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Hark, the Herald Angels Sing; O Holy Night; and Frosty the Snowman.

Hometown Kansas Christmas “is a unique representation of the heart, soul and talent” from southwest Kansas, according to a news release.

“Individuals that quietly touch our lives everyday fill the air with songs that have special meaning to them during this holiday season. ‘Hometown Kansas Christmas’ exemplifies the joy, reverence, and fun of this time of year. It is a great honor for the artists of this album to be a part of such a worthy cause,” the release states.

Artists appearing on the CD include Darby Reimer; Scott Davis; Hannah Richmeier; Logan Walker; Lisa L. Taylor; Don Eves; Kathy White; Brayley Frazier; Polly Catanese Elpers; Beverly Catanese; Rebekah Williams; Grace Schmidt; Debbie Wharton; Stephanie Heger; Rich Taylor; Cindy Smith Dial; the Fulton Street Band (Cindy Smith Dial, Mike Gonzalez, Alan Olson, Dave Beckett, Walt Burt, Joe Lowry, Randy Wills, John Calbeck); Neely Wasinger; Kaylee Keller; Melissa Gallegos; Ron Smith; Tim White; Jose Luis Hinojosa; Symone Simmons; Pat Veesart; and Katie Wharton.

The CD costs $15 and is available in Garden City at Wharton’s For Every Bloomin’ Thing, Ward’s, Davis Design, The Corner on Main, Legends, Moodz/Little Britches, Knights of Columbus, High Maintenance, The Finney County Historical Society, and High Plains Urology; in Cimarron at Blush; in Hugoton at Yardmaster, Janet’s Bridal and Boutique, and Hugoton Drug; and in Scott City at Gifts Etc.

Visit “Hometown Kansas Christmas” on Facebook for more information.

In conjunction with St. Catherine Hospital’s 13th annual tree and wreath auction on Dec. 20, there will be a matching CD sales event. For every CD sold during the auction, an additional matching contribution will be made by private donors to St. Catherine Hospital’s Benincasa House.