Carol the night away

THE northern suburbs will soon echo with the sound of 3000 people carolling at the Glenorchy City Carols – A Not So Silent Night on Saturday 9 December.

Glenorchy City Council Commissioner Sue Smith said an event as large as this could not take place without the help of volunteers.

“Volunteers come in all forms for this event,” she said.

“We have the performing acts that have given up their time to rehearse for months leading up to the event, as well as community groups that will be providing interactive entertainment for people both young and old.

“There are volunteers who work behind the scenes helping with setting up and pulling down the venue and helping patrons find their way, and the Green Army who will keep the site clean.

“We will also have crafty volunteers on hand in the Holiday Village, where everyone can take part in artistic pursuits.

“We value each and every one of our volunteers and all the hard work they have put in and I applaud them for being part of this event.

“And, of course, we can’t forget that one volunteer who makes the children’s faces light up when they see him and that’s Santa.”

Artist and designer Andy Vagg said he was looking forward to his volunteer role as Santa, portraying a very Aussie version in his flannelette suit.

“Santa needs to be dressed for the occasion, which is a beautiful summer evening in Glenorchy,” he said.

Seventeen-year-old Rhiannon Langridge, of Claremont, will be another volunteer donating her time for the event.

Ms Langridge has volunteered for the Moonah Arts Centre for eight-years, as well as for various other organisations and events.

“I’m looking forward to the enjoyment of seeing families come together at Glenorchy Carols and the great atmosphere that will be on display,” she said.

Volunteers are all part of the fun and fantastic “Vollywood” team, who attended training and art workshops at the Moonah Arts Centre.

The Vollywood team will help patrons find their way around the event, collect donations for the ABC Giving Tree and work with children on the creative activities in the Holliday Village.

Patrons can identify volunteers by their lanyards and bedazzled flannel shirts.

936 ABC Hobart’s Ryk Goddard will be acting as host for the evening.

Fifteen acts will be performing, made up of schools, community and professional singers.

One hundred children will perform in the combined school choir and a community parade will take place before the performers start, with a one-minute silence as the sun goes down.

The gate will be open from 6pm for admission to the event. There is limited parking available around the site.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase or patrons can bring their own and candles are available from the Lions marquee for a donation.

Songbooks will be digital this year and can be download prior to the event from www.moonahartscentre.org.au/glenorchy-carols.

This will be a smoke and alcohol free event.

Glenorchy Carols 2017 is supported by the Glenorchy City Council, Moonah Arts Centre, YMCA, Commonwealth Bank, ABC Radio Hobart, Nyrstar, Glenorchy Cricket Club, Milo T20 Blast and the Glenorchy Gazette.

Caption: Carols by Candlelight volunteer Rhiannon Langridge, left, with Aussie Santa Andy Vagg.