ONEONTA _ Four Foxy Fellows brought St. Patrick's Day cheer to Fox Nursing Home on Thursday.

The Foxy Fellows are a fixture Thursdays at the home, where each week they play songs for residents and staff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"I think it brings a lot of excitement in here," the home's activity director, Robin Voorhis, said.

The men, Bruce Mack, 65; Conrad Schafler, 92; Merle Eustice, 87; and Carl Butler, 90, have been playing at the nursing home for about eight years. Only Eustice is a resident.

On Thursday, the men accessorized to match the holiday, with each wearing a green wig or a green hat.

When their performance days fall near or on a particular holiday, the group will play appropriately themed music, according to Mack.

"Everybody enjoys the music," Mack said.

In addition to holiday music, the Foxy Fellows typically play tunes from the '30s and '40s.

"We play music of their age group," Mack said.

Butler, who plays the mouth organ, said the group puts on their shows for the benefit of the residents.

"We do it for nothing," he said.

About 30 residents were listening Thursday.

Voorhis said there are three things staff at the nursing home can rely on to brighten the day: music, children and pets.

"I think it's great," Voorhis said. "It helps break up the mundane routine."

Voorhis said she was particularly thankful for the volunteer effort of the Foxy Fellows and said the residents love it. "It lights them up."

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