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Here they come a-carolling

Saturday, 08 December 2012. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Here they come a-carolling

Here they come a-carolling


By Brad Quarin


Because the season calls for Christmas music, locals can look forward to the Pincher Creek Christmas Carol Festival, to be held at the Community Hall this Sunday at 7 p.m. 

“For me, this is the start of the Christmas season,” organizer Joan Rickard says. “I love music, and it’s such a community thing.”

The annual event, being held for its 52nd year, will feature local musical talent ranging from choirs to a fiddlers’ group from between Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass.

The student band from Matthew Halton High School and the Crowsnest Community Choir will be participating, as will soloist Alex Morgan, Joan says. The audience can also join in on singing Christmas carols.

Joan herself will be taking part in a mass choir, formed by about 30 volunteers for the festival. It will perform three numbers, conducted by Diane Smith. “I am so looking forward to it,” Joan says.

She is among five organizers who book the hall and contact the performers. “We just ask people who we think would be good,” Joan says. Caroline Johnson is the master of ceremonies.

Joan has been involved for five years now. She volunteered when a key person behind the festival since the beginning, Ella Froese, moved away and the festival needed help. “I’d just hate to see it die,” Joan says, and she didn’t think she could complain if she did nothing.

Audience members pay what they think they can for admission. The organizers decide where the proceeds will go, if there are any.

The festival also receives substantial financial support from Shell, which buys the music used in the festival and rents the hall, Joan says.

Organization of the event is going smoothly. “We’ll be ready,” Joan says. She is looking forward to “the whole community getting together.” She believes it will run for an hour and a half.

“It’s a blast, it’s really fun,” she says. “We have to get the word out about the concert.”