Coldwater woman a Senior Star
Barbara Curran prepares to leave Coldwater Saturday afternoon for the Chartwell's Senior Star national final in Niagara Falls Monday night. Curran earned one of the 10 coveted spots with her rendition of Patsy Cline's Sweet Dreams at the regional competition in Bracebridge in May. ROBERTA BELL The Packet & Times
While some people aren't overly eager to turn 65, Barbara Curran counted down the days.
A few years ago, a friend brought the Coldwater woman an application to a cross-Canada singing contest for seniors, but she wasn't old enough to enter.
"I had to wait," said Curran, who celebrated her much-anticipated birthday in May.
In June, she took first place at Chartwell's Senior Star regional competition in Bracebridge with her rendition of Patsy Cline's Sweet Dreams, going on to earn one of 10 coveted spots in the national final, set to take place Monday night at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.
Curran, who has been singing for as long as she can remember, learned everything she knows from her mother.
"My mother was my teacher," she said. "She could sing like a bird. She was a beautiful singer."
After moving to Toronto from Cape Breton in the late 1960s, Curran began performing on the city's circuit, entertaining at well-known venues like the Horseshoe Tavern and Roy Thompson Hall.
She moved to the Coldwater are about 10 years ago when she retired and reunited with her long-time best friend Carol Morrow, who had been living in Waubaushene.
Morrow is joining Curran in Niagara Falls for the national final. They left in a car with a driver set up through Senior Star Saturday afternoon.
"I need a good friend for moral support," said Curran.
"I'm so excited I don't know whether I'm coming or going," she said.