‘The Holly & The Ivy’ caroling set for Monday


The Chesapeake Chorale and the Christchurch School Cantorion will perform at the Foundation for Historic Christ Church’s “The Holly & The Ivy” on Monday, December 5, at 3:30 p.m. The community is invited to join in this annual caroling program in the 1735 church at 420 Christ Church Road in Weems.

Directed by Dr. Cheryl Brown Davis, the Chesapeake Chorale will sing traditional carols such as the Irish tune “Love Came Down at Christmas” and the Scottish favorite “Auld Lang Syne,” among others. The Christchurch School Cantorion, directed by Mark Parsons, will perform the 16th-century Spanish carol “Riu, Riu Chiu” as well as “Ding, Dong, Merrily On High” and other Christmas favorites.

There will also be a number of Christmas carols for the audience to sing, including “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Joy to the World.” Denise Cromer will accompany both groups on the church organ and Historic Christ Church & Museum volunteer Ersel Buckley-Sharp will act as Mistress of Ceremonies. The church will be “greened” for the season by HCC&M volunteers the week before.

Admission to “The Holly & The Ivy” is two nonperishable goods to be donated to the Northern Neck Food Bank. One of the food bank’s trucks will be at the church to receive donations as people arrive for the carol sing.

Following the caroling there will be refreshments served in the Bayne Center, adjacent to the church. For more information, visit christchurch1735.org or contact the Foundation office at (804) 438-6855.

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