IGNORING all the fuss about Hobart’s Christmas Carols this year, Brighton Lions has been working very hard on its own Christmas Carols event, determined to make them bigger and better than ever.
Now in its fifth year, the Carols are still a free event to the public. Added to this, Brighton Lions will be giving away family activity bags to the first 100 families.
The 2017 program includes plenty of family-favourite Christmas Carols such as Rudolph, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, Little Drummer Boy, Hark!, Deck the Halls, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, We Three Kings and many more with the words included in the free program for those who may be a little rusty. The Choir from Brighton Primary School will be performing, as well as local musician and guitarist Bryce Tilyard, Hobart Baptist Church Singers and the Southern Districts band whose members include some local Brighton residents. The December 9 event will also feature two new MCs, a Giving Tree, fun Christmas-themed selfie frames, the Lions barbecue trailer, a raffle to raise money for mental health projects and of course Santa.
Ange Miezitis, who is principal of Brighton Primary, was delighted to participate when approached by Brighton Lions.
“It’s a local community event, and we thought it would be fantastic to be involved. We have a new, very enthusiastic music teacher, who thought this would be a great opportunity to showcase what Brighton Primary can do. He’s a very talented musician, and we are very lucky to have him as our music teacher,” Ms Miezitis said.
When asked about their favourite Christmas songs, the students only had two answers, ‘all of them and Jingle Bells’.
Mr MacLean, Brighton Primary’s music teacher said: “The best part of my job is seeing children enjoying music, and there’s nothing quite like Christmas Carols for doing this. Carols are a great and fun tradition that all generations can enjoy and share together, and that’s part of what music is all about for me.”
Brighton Lions, are strong believers in mental health care and recognise Christmas isn’t always a happy time for everyone. The free activity bags for children also include details of organisations that can help those finding Christmas a challenging time. Lions will also be hosting the Giving Tree during the Carols. They invite community-minded people to bring along an unwrapped gift which will then be distributed through City Mission.
Brighton’s Christmas Carols will be held on Pontville Oval starting at 7.30pm on December 9. The Carols are part-funded with a grant from Brighton Council, organised by Brighton Lions and the Hobart Baptist Church, and supported by a number of local services and businesses. A full list of supporters will be in the Carols Program. Lions welcomes any donation or items for the bags so please get in touch via www.brightonlions.org.au or its Facebook page Lions Club of Brighton Inc.
- From left, getting into the Christmas spirit are Abbie D, Gwen Harper, Brighton Lions Treasurer, Liam C, Ange Miezitis, principal of Brighton Primary, Kiara J, Graciella S, Jasmine H and Angel H.