Despite what the poster said, our first concert was on Wednesday, June 3 1970 at 8:15pm.
The performance was supposed to be a dress rehearsal for 2 concerts celebrating the 100th anniversary of the United Church but ticket demand was so high the rehearsal turned into opening night.
Not yet the Lynden Spring Revue - that came later- the show was called "The Good Old Days - a variety revue". The choir featured 28 voices and called itself, "The Lynden United Church Centennial Choir".
There was actually a "prequel" to The Revue's 48 year history. In 1967 a show produced by Bette Norton celebrated Canada's Centennial.
In 1972 the show began to broaden its focus beyond the church. "Spring Revue '72" featured the 33 member "Lynden Community Choir".
Bette Norton, shown here in 1984's "Hooray For Hollywood", was the founder of the Lynden Spring Revue and the choir's musical director until passing the baton to Roger Girard in 1992. Bette passed away in May 2016 in Brantford. She and her late husband Don were a wonderful team in the Lynden community. Bette's contributions to the Lynden Spring Revue are remembered in the Bette Norton Music Participation Awards given to graduating students in local schools who contribute significantly to the musical life of the school and/or the community.
At first the Revue was presented in what is now the gymnasium in the Lynden United Church but soon the performances moved to the main sanctuary of the church.
The stage area has been expanded several times, most recently in 2012 to allow more movement by the choir and more space for dancers and skit performers.
The Lynden Spring Revue is self-sustaining through ticket sales and sponsorships.
Volunteers build, design, paint, make costumes, give us sound and light, play in the band and much more. Many of these folks take time from their professional lives to do this. To all of them - Thank You!
- Fund the Bette Norton Music Participation Awards in 6 local schools.
- Provide a donation to Lynden United Church which, after so many years, still welcomes our "joyful noise".
- Provide a donation to the Lynden Lions Club for its help "behind the scenes".
- Help to pay for the next Lynden Spring Revue.