Car­ols again in Ararat gar­dens

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Ararat fam­i­lies will cel­e­brate a quar­ter of a cen­tury of faith and fes­tive cheer on Satur­day when they gather for Ararat Car­ols by Can­dle­light.

Satur­day night will be the 25th time the Ararat com­mu­nity gath­ers at Alexan­dra Gar­dens for the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion.

The car­ols, or­gan­ised by long-time com­mu­nity ser­vice group Ararat Y’smen and Y’smenettes, have at­tracted up to 3000 peo­ple at past events.

Event spokesman Joe Perry said Satur­day’s gath­er­ing again promised to be a big night of singing, en­ter­tain­ment and good cheer.

He said a bar­be­cue would start at 6pm, with car­ols and en­ter­tain­ment from 7pm be­fore a fire­works dis­play about 10pm.

“We put the car­ols on each year to al­low the peo­ple of Ararat dis­trict to get to­gether for a big com­mu­nity night free of charge,” he said.

“This is an event put on for Ararat dis­trict peo­ple by Ararat dis­trict peo­ple and I can tell you that the amount of emerg­ing tal­ent in this com­mu­nity is sec­ond to none.

“We have a ju­nior as well as city band, a dance group and a cou­ple of school choirs as well as other en­ter­tain­ers, which will make for a great night.

“We have an open in­vi­ta­tion for any­one who cares to come and cel­e­brate the car­ols with us and we par­tic­u­larly en­cour­age the peo­ple of Ararat and dis­trict to come along.

“It’s a won­der­ful night to be had by all and it al­ways has a great at­mos­phere and re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment.

“Chances are we will also get an­other visit from the jolly old fella in red.”

Mr Perry said last year’s car­ols at­tracted be­tween 1000 and 2000 peo­ple, many of them chil­dren.

“Peo­ple might like to buy a sausage, drink or a bat­tery-op­er­ated candle, but oth­er­wise ev­ery­thing is free of charge,” he said.

“As al­ways there will be plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and de­spite be­ing sum­mer, we en­cour­age peo­ple to con­sider the weather and if ap­pro­pri­ate bring warm clothes.”

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