COLAC UNITING Church’s Rev Phil Fischer is polishing his trombone in preparation for the 68th Colac City Band Carols by Candlelight next Friday.
The gig will be Rev Fischer’s second Christmas stint with the band after he arrived in Colac from the United States in November last year.
“I’m looking forward to it, I think it’s a good community celebration, there are people of all ages there, and that is Christmas,” Rev Fischer said.
He said Australian Christmases were growing on him and were a stark contrast to the northern hemisphere.
“If people were outside they would be bundled up,” he said of North American Christmas community events.
“With nice warm temperatures here, everyone gathers in the park and there are stalls from local businesses, it’s a nice community evening to have.”
Colac City Band president Andrew Currie said Friday’s event, organised with Colac’s Community Hub with sponsorship from Colac Otway Shire Council, was the band’s annual highlight and would feature “a range of local performers”.
“There are a few primary schools involved, St Brendan’s and Colac South West, and the Trinity College school choir,” Mr Currie said.
“We have a bigger line up than Carols in the Domain and at less cost,” he said.
“It’s our third year back at Memorial Square and that is our home, there’s nowhere else we would rather have it.
“It is an event that instills community pride and ownership as it is hosted by the community, for the community,” he said.
Mr Currie said the carols would go ahead the following week if there was wet weather next Friday.
Host Jamie McGuane will lead the evening’s entertainment which includes the Colac Youth Health Hub choir, Red Violet, the Choir of Heart and Soul, and performers Thomas McGuane, Robyn Showler and Chelsea Green.
Colac Community Hub’s president Karen Armistead encouraged people of all faiths to participate.
“It doesn’t matter what your religion or beliefs are, this is a time for people to come together,” she said.
A twilight market and children’s activities start at 4.00pm, with a visit from Santa at 6.00pm
Community radio station OCR FM will broadcast live from Memorial Square.
Meanwhile, Winchelsea’s Barwon Park Mansion will host Carols by Candlelight tomorrow from 5pm, featuring the Winchelsea School Choir and the Geelong Pipes and Drums Band.
Lorne’s Christmas Carols will be on December 20.