Community Carol Sing Is Friday

The Allen Park Women’s Club will host the seventh annual Community Carol Sing at 6 p.m. Friday at the Allen Park Pavilion.

Caroling around the huge bon fire will be led by the Madrigal singers of Jamestown High School, under the leadership of Norm Lydell, A capella director.

Santa Claus will arrive by sleigh. Sleigh rides will be offered around the park. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served by the following committee members: Cindy DiNapoli, Candy Joslyn, Sandy Gullotti, Carol Winterburn and Shannon Neubauer.

In 1942, the Allen Park Women’s Club created the annual event, which took place on Christmas Eve. As many as 500 city residents would gather at the intersection of Cole Avenue and West Virginia Boulevard to sing carols, along with a trumpet. Betty Weakland Bixby, pastor of the Weakland Chapel, led the carol sing around a large bonfire – donated boxes from Rockman’s Market – and sometimes a pageant followed by cookies at Paladino’s garage on Cole Avenue.

The purpose of the sing was to keep the home fires burning until the soldiers from World War II came home.

The Carol Sing continued the program until the mid-1960s, and it remained inactive until the Allen Park Women’s Club decided to revive the old tradition in 2007.

Allen Park Women’s Club wants to give back to the community a gift of an old tradition where the whole family can enjoy the Christmas season in the park where children can swing, make angels in the snow and talk to Santa.

The club also hopes that attendees remember our troops who are fighting today for our freedom so that we can continue to have these neighborhood sing-a-longs.

All are welcome. The event is free of charge.