By Michael Doran
This year the Yarra Glen Community Carols by Candlelight is on again, held at the McKenzie reserve on Sunday 16 December from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Organising committee member, Sally Marshall said, “The Yarra Glen carols have been a feature for more than 20 years and last year around 1500 people enjoyed the night. This year the music comes from ten local performers, with the main band from Life Ministry Church and the dancing from Yarra Valley Ballet.”
There will be performances from Yarra Glen Primary School, Yarra Glen Preschool, Anthony Gerace, FLAXXON, Kaitlyn Thomas, Mia Papazis and Molly Elmer and Haylee.
Something new is a Sand Animation to be presented by Joy Marshall. For the uninitiated, this is a performance art where the artist creates a series of images using sand applied to a surface and then rendering images by drawing lines and figures in the sand.
Once again Father Christmas will be arriving on the Yarra Glen CFA fire-truck with his ever popular bags of treats for the young ones and ready for that all-important photo and last minute gift request. If you are looking for something more substantial to eat then woodfired pizzas, poffertjes, a sausage sizzle, drinks and Country Heart Coffee will be available.
There can be no Carols by Candlelight without candles so candlesticks and glow products will be available to buy. So for a great family and community night to start the festive season head to McKenzie Reserve with a picnic rug and your best singing voice. The event is being put on with the support of local businesses, churches and the Yarra Ranges council. It is organised by a small committee of volunteers who say it is made possible only because of the can-do attitude of the Yarra Glen community.