Sunrise hosts CD release party

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Friday, June 14, 2013

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When Dick and Anne Lavers started the entertainment group The Fine Tuners, they had no idea how much of a hit their band would be around Leominster. The couple had simply decided to take a few friends to play Christmas carols for Ann's parents and their friends, who were living at Sunrise Senior Living, yet a band was born. Nearly six years later, after adding numerous members to the group and area venues to their schedule, they decided they we ready for the big time, a CD. There was only one choice for where to host a release party once the project was finished: Sunrise Senior Living.

"They bring life and joy into our home every time they enter. Banjos, guitars, fiddles even a bugle can be heard along with their beautiful oldies music & voices," said Lorrie Brodeur, Activity Volunteer Coordinator at Sunrise Senior Living.

The Fine Tuners fit most of the bill for the perfect combination to make residents of Sunrise: music, children, and smiles, according to Brodeur.

She believes that being in assisted living, which gives residents experiences like The Fine Tuners, allows them to live a better quality of life in their retirement years.

"They have the care but they have their dignity and independence," said Brodeur.

The regular visits provide good feelings for the Lavers' as well.

"It's a great way to give back to a place that had been so good to our families," said Ann Lavers.

With a good deal of the group now playing for as many as five years together at such as Manor on the Hill, Leominster Crossings, The Gables, and Sterling Healthcare, it has become an exciting experience for the members of the group, which is made up of retired people, to look forward to.

"We've kind of become like a family, connected. We take care of each other," said Ann Lavers.

With many of the members of the group getting up in years, however, a decision was made that it was high time to have a record of their fun times together.

"We wanted to put something together so their families would have memories of what they had been involved in," said Ann Lavers.

They did not have too much trouble trying to determine what would go on the CD.

"We've got about 150 but we seem to play the same ones over and over again," said Dick Lavers.

There are 14 songs on the CD, including such classics as You Are My Sunshine, Red Wing, Heart of My Heart, and Blue Moon.

CDs are available for $8 at the Boulder Art Gallery in Fitchburg or any of the venues where The Fine Tuners play. Once the cost of producing the CDs is recuperated, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity or charities that have yet to be determined.

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