Chapel to host Community Carol Sing
The community is invited to come out and enjoy an evening of holiday music on the island.
The historic Captiva Chapel by the Sea will host its 10th Annual Captiva Community Carol Sing on Dec. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. The program will include both popular and sacred seasonal selections.
Board Member Pat Boris explained that the chapel held the first event a decade ago in conjunction with the creation of the Captiva Holiday Village, started by former Captiva Cruises owner Paul McCarthy.
“It was a way to use the historic chapel – because it’s 100 years old – to bring the community together to sing carols in kind of an old-timey way,” she said. “As part of the holiday village, it was an opportunity to showcase Captiva and do all sorts of fun things. It did; it brought people together.”
The chapel has continued the tradition every year since hosting the first one.
“The last two or three years, we’ve had maybe 120 people,” Boris said of attendance.
This year’s event will feature voices from the BIG ARTS Community Chorus.
“We have a number of people who are in the Community Chorus who are going to come out and do a couple of selections,” she said, adding that she is a member of the group.
The chorus will sing “We Need a Little Christmas” and “God Bless Us Everyone,” which are both songs from “Christmas on Broadway.” In addition, the group will perform “Singing Noel.”
Once again this year, Johnny Jensen will play upbeat Christmas themes.
“He has been in it every year since the beginning – he was our original little drummer boy,” Boris said. “This year he’ll have a friend with him, and they’ll do some rockin’ tunes for us.”
“It’ll be really fun,” she added.
Chapel organist Lynne Dugan will share her talents and accompany the singing.
“She will be doing some solos,” Boris said.
Dugan will perform “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” and “O Christmas Tree.” She then will be joined by her husband, Bob, and the duo will play “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”
Audience participation will be a part of the evening, with attendees joining in on a range of songs, including “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Joy To The World” and more.
“The audience will be singing a lot of different things,” she said.
Pastor Larry Marshall will preside over the festivities.
“He and his wife, Rosie, are going to emcee and tell some Christmas stories,” Boris said.
Refreshments will be provided once the program concludes.
“People are welcome to come dressed as Christmas-y as they like,” she said. “We like bells and bling, it just makes it so much more fun.”
Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend.
“If you haven’t experienced it, you need to. It is a true community event and people look forward to it,” Boris said. “It grows every year, but it’s still intimate. It’s gotten to be a village staple after 10 years.”
For more information, call 612-382-4170 or www.captivachapel.com.
The Captiva Chapel by the Sea is at 11580 Chapin Lane, Captiva.