Newcastle Library seeking ‘The Voice’

July 9, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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Contributed Newcastle librarian Vicki Heck models the prize package for 'The Voice' competition.

Newcastle librarian Vicki Heck models the prize package for ‘The Voice’ competition.

O say, can you sing “The Star-Spangled Banner?”

If so, the Newcastle Library wants to test your patriotic pipes at its July 12 singing competition.

“The Voice of the Newcastle Library” contest will crown a local crooner, who will then get the honor of singing the national anthem at the library’s first naturalization ceremony July 23.

“It’s a fun way to showcase the singing talent in our community, draw community members together and find a special singer for our naturalization ceremony,” librarian Vicki Heck said.

The competition is open to anyone 13 and older. Contestants don’t have to be Newcastle residents to participate; just drop by the Newcastle Library to register. Space is limited, but the library will accept drop-ins the day of the event, if room is available, Heck said.

During the contest, singers must belt the first verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a panel of Newcastle-centric judges, including Imelda Dulcich, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, and Wendy Kirchner, the city’s community activities liaison.

The winner will receive a red, white and blue sash and a gift basket from the Friends of the Newcastle Library, in addition to the July 23 singing gig.

The competition begins a 2 p.m. July 12 at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

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