The founder of a “quirky” group of performers who frequent rest homes and community groups across the Sutherland Shire and St George region has retired.
The Sweet Violets was founded by Cronulla’s Barbara Stacey 17 years ago – and has since been a source of entertainment for thousands of people.
The group started with three, retired teachers and now includes 17 performers.
“It started as a choir but it’s not so much a choir as much as 17 people having a good time. We get as much out of it as the people we sing for,” Ms Stacey said.
Each year the Sweet Violets perfect an hour-long show which they perform about three times a month at different rest homes and in front of community groups.
The group includes singers, ukulele players, a pianist, a trombone and harmonica player, two dancers and even a juggler.
Ms Stacey said the group was made up mainly of retirees. “They are all quirky which helps and they are all lovely people.”
After 17 years, Ms Stacey said she was handing over the reins to fellow member Lyn Gair. However, she said after a break she would like to return as a member rather than the organiser.
“It’s been lovely. It has been really beautiful,” she said. “It has been my whole life. For 17 years it has been every Monday (for practice) and a couple of times a month for performances. And I’m tired, it’s time for a break – I’m an old lady.”
The group derives its name from a famous song called Sweet Violets which they perform in all their shows.
Ms Stacey said she would now be able to spend more time on her website www.songs4children.com where she writes children’s songs.
- To inquire about booking the Sweet Violets for a show call Lyn on (02) 9521 6446.