Allen Park Women’s Club Hosts Caroling Event

Area residents gathered around an open fire to sing Christmas carols, meet with Santa and take in the spirit of the holidays on Friday.

Allen Park was filled with the smiling faces of children and the voices of many during the Allen Park Women’s Club’s annual event.

According to Shannon Neubauer, member of Allen Park Women’s Club and organizer of the event, the celebration is meant to serve as a community gathering that spreads Christmas spirit.

“This is what Christmas is all about – fellowship, friends and neighbors,” Neubauer said. “We’d like to bring the true spirit of Christmas to Jamestown. It’s a tradition, and we’re trying to keep it alive and going strong.”

To get the carols started, more than 20 students of the Jamestown High School Madrigal singers, led by Norm Lydell, performed a capella renditions of Christmas classics, such as: “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The group also performed some of their own repertoire, including tunes such as “First Noel.”

“On a beautiful night like this around a fire it gets you into the spirit – the music’s good, the company’s good and that’s Jamestown,” Lydell said. “This is great – we’re all about community outreach during this time of year. The madrigals worked really hard to prepare for this time of season so the more we can get out there to perform the better it is for us.”

Area residents may catch the group performing free of charge as part of the A Cappella Vespers at 4 p.m. on Sunday at First Lutheran Church of Jamestown.

In addition to carols and a bonfire, area residents also enjoyed pictures with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides around the park, hot chocolate donated by Tim Hortons and homemade cookies by members of the Allen Park Women’s Club – all free of charge.

Amy and Larry Birath, of Jamestown, brought daughters Rachel and Alexis out to the event to celebrate the festive season with friends, and maybe even start a tradition, she said.

“The girls are young, so we’d like to try to start a tradition of getting into the spirit of Christmas,” Amy said. “The girls love caroling in the car, so it’ll teach them a little bit more too.”

Rachel was very excited about seeing Santa Claus, she said. And, Alexis added that she thought it was good.