News about the Singing Christmas Tree

Sue Olson

Event Director

The Singing Christmas Tree Choir has held six rehearsals since beginning practices on September 21. A total of 57 singers have registered as choir members. There are many new members including several young adults from Sweet Home and Brownsville this year. We again have vocalists from Lebanon and Albany. The community choir has truly become vehicle for many talented people from around the area of Linn County. The choir board of directors has chosen some very nice songs, both traditional and contemporary for the performances.

The choir has committed to two special performances in addition to the annual three concert performances.

Some members will be singing at the Lighting Celebration of Sweet Home’s Community Holiday Tree to be held December 4th at 5 p.m. at the site of the community tree at the intersection of 18th and Long Streets. Also the jazz band from SHHS and members of the high school concert choir will be performing at the tree lighting.

The tree choir will sing in Eugene at Valley River Center’s Christmas kick-off. They have gotten new lights for their mall tree and want to plan a really neat event, before Thanksgiving on Sunday, November 21. We will be their opening act.

The sales event for the kick-off is called the FESTIVAL OF GIVING. Nonprofits can sell tickets that will let the buyer be privy to special sales at participating stores and shops and a grand prize drawing. We are selling those tickets. The tickets cost $5 each. Anyone wanting to take advantage of the specials will need a ticket. They will trade the ticket in for a wrist band that will show they can be part of the event. The ticket will then be deposited for the grand prize drawing. The groups selling the tickets get to keep the entire $5, nothing but reports and unused tickets go back to VRC. It is the mall management’s way of donating to nonprofits. Good for them!

For us, we felt this was a win-win-win situation. Chance to perform in Eugene and a chance to promote the tree in Eugene two weeks before our performance weekend, and a phenomenal fund raising activity.