Summer Sunday - Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:00

A FIRST FOR GEORGE - Carols by Candlelight in the Gardens” – a new experience for George! This was enjoyed by a crowd of 400 excited, happy people on Sunday evening 11 December, who joined in lustily with the singing of well-loved, and some new, Christmas carols. Accompaniment was provided by the 25-strong South Cape Symphony Orchestra led by Mr Niall Jack.

Some orchestral items were also played, notably themes from “Phantom of the Opera” and the “Egmont Overture” by Beethoven. Thereafter candles were lit as thoughts turned to the Christmas story with Bible readings and community carol singing. As the sun began to set and a stillness settled upon the gathering as the wind thankfully died down, it was heartwarming to look upon the scene of family groups on the lawns sharing in this community celebration of the birth of Christ. Even the frogs in the adjacent Garden’s dam joined in loud chorus! It was a grand sight to behold the mass of twinkling lights when all raised their candles high.

Held at the new “Events Lawn” in the Garden Route Botanical Garden, this marked the official opening of the newly-erected Gazebo – which used to stand in York Street some years back. The Garden Route Botanical Garden Trust plans to use this attractive Gazebo for further Sunday afternoon “Concerts in the Gardens” in the summer months, as well as hiring it out to couples who may wish to hold their weddings in the Gardens ( to book to use the gazebo for this purpose contact the Gardens at 044 874 1558 during office hours).

A collection was taken for Life Community Services, a local charity which does sterling work in serving the indigent children of George. People gave generously so more children will have food this Christmas!

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