The Holly & The Ivy to usher in season at Historic Christ Church


The Foundation for Historic Christ Church invites the community to The Holly & The Ivy, an annual caroling program, at 3:30 p.m. December 5, at Christ Church, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems.

The event began in 2002 as a carol sing for volunteers.  In 2007 the program was expanded to include both the community and instrumental and choral groups. This year The Chesapeake Chorale, led by Dr. Cheryl Brown Davis, and members of the Christchurch School Cantorion, led by Mark Parsons, will welcome in the holiday season.

Denise Cromer will accompany both groups on the church organ. Historic Christ Church & Museum volunteer Ersel Buckley-Sharp will act as mistress of ceremonies.

The selection of carols will include well-known, traditional carols that the audience can join in singing to less familiar songs from the 13th century to the Renaissance, familiar and not so familiar carols from the 20th century, and from both European and American composers, said publicity chairman Marilyn Hedges.

The church will be “greened” for the season by Historic Christ Church & Museum volunteers the week before the program, said Hedges.

Members of the Christchurch School choir will enter the church singing the 16th-century Spanish carol, “Riu, Riu Chiu.”  The Chesapeake Chorale will follow with “Love Came Down at Christmas,” a traditional Irish carol. The audience will have opportunities to lift their voices in “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Joy to the World.” The carol sing will conclude with the Christchurch School Cantorion singing “Ding, Dong, Merrily On High” and The Chesapeake Chorale performing “Hallelujah Chorus” by Handel and the traditional Scottish carol “Auld Lang Syne.”

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 refreshments will be served in the Bayne Center.

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