This is the second year for the Th’YARC Strolling Carolers to sing at various Christmas events and for charities.
Dressed in traditional costume, Th’YARC Strolling Carolers can be heard throughout the area this Christmas season. Carla Allen photo
Director Allan Thompson says the 17-member group is becoming more sought after.
“Word must be getting out because we’re getting bookings from all over the place,” he said.
The harmonious volunteers donate the money they raise to SHYFT (Supportive Housing Youth Focus Team) and the Community Fuel Fund.
Thompson says no auditions were required for the carolers, which began rehearsing in late September.
“It just worked out that we have some very talented singers. The enthusiasm is fantastic,” said Thompson.
Th’YARC supports the group and provides traditional 1880 to early 1900 costumes that includes apple-red coats, long dresses with white collars and shawls for the ladies and tails, coats, and top hats for the gentlemen.
Performing a capella with a pitch pipe, or in barbershop four-part harmony, or unison, the carolers sing a wide selection of songs including: Joy to the World, Away in the Manger, Good King Wenceslas, The First Noel, Here we come A – Wasseling, I saw three ships come sailing in, Jingle Bells and many more.
The group also picked “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” in honour of Yarmouth’s 250th and sang it for the lighting of the tree by Town Hall.
Venues where the singers can be found include the Yarmouth Community Farmers’ Market, the AGNS Yarmouth branch, Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, Chebogue Congregational Church, Yarmouth Mall, the Meadows, Yarmouth Regional Hospital and Villa St. Joseph.
The carolers were also opening for Rita MacNeil at Th’YARC on Dec. 4 and traveling to Barrington to sing for seniors at Bay Side Home.
They’ll also be strolling the malls with basket in hand, looking for donations for charities.
“We just love to sing,” said Thompson.