Hat Ladies singers celebrate anniversary

The Hat Ladies Spiritual Singers will celebrate its 10th anniversary at 1 p.m. today at the Salvation Army, 126 N. Seventh St. The ladies will present a group singing of several old Negro Spiritual songs. A youth group drill team will perform.

The event will include a slide presentation of the old Flats neighborhood, from before it became a golf course, presented by Charene Washington.

Washington founded the Hat Ladies, she said, to sing the old music and to dress good for God.

“What started this in the first place was today’s generation’s dress code,” she said. “We would dress up and sing the old songs to let them know what church is like. It is not like street. It is about serving God, and looking good for him.”

Washington said she’s heard plenty of good feedback from young people, and she sees more dresses in church now than she once did.

Members have come and gone, but the group stayed right at 10 members, where it started. This concert will go back to where the group began.

“Our first one was at the Salvation Army, and now we’re going back and doing it again after 10 years,” Washington said.