Story Jennifer O’Connor
“Wesołych Świąt” means “Merry Christmas” in Polish and Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra brought that holiday spirit to the area in a spectacular Christmas show on Sat., Dec. 2 at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown. Renowned for their polka music, Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra have won 18 Grammy Awards. During the show, Sturr received another award – a proclamation from Assemblyman Karl Brabenec.
“This proclamation is on behalf of the New York State Assembly for all the years that you have provided entertainment for all of us,” said Brabenec to Sturr, who added that he presented it at the show because he was unable to attend a ceremony two weeks ago held by the Orange County Arts Council that honored Sturr.
The event also featured special guest, Jermaine Paul, who is an acclaimed winner of NBC’s show called “The Voice.” Paul sang a variety of ballads such as Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Lou Rawls “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
The rest of the show, “From Our House to Your House,” was a mixture of classic Christmas songs, lively entertainment with the fantastic Pokolenie Dancers, a funny skit from Santa Claus, patriotic tunes honoring the Nation and its branches of military service, and an emotional tribute to those who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Sturr read a story written by a little girl whose father, a firefighter, died that day, saying that her father is always with her as she carries him in her heart.
At the end of the show, which brought the true meaning of Christmas to the audience, members of the Warwick Chorale walked down the aisles singing favorite Christmas songs. In spreading the joy of giving, Sturr donated his new CD, “Gonna Be Good Times,” that he signed and gave to Warwick resident George Arnott on behalf of the Village of Warwick Sesquicentennial Committee. The CD will be one of the many prizes awarded to those who attend Apple Eve on Sun., Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. on the Railroad Green in the Village of Warwick.
To view the show, visit RFD-TV on Facebook. The show will also be aired on Warwick’s local radio station – WTBQ starting on Fri., Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. WTBQ plays all customized music programs that are sponsored every weekday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.WTBQ.com and for more information about Jimmy Sturr, visit www.jimmysturr.com.