Getting into the Christmas spirit is one of the biggest parts of the holiday season, and the Newport County Youth Chorus knows how to do just that.
This article shows what the NCYC has been up to in December, as one particular night saw NCYC founder Elizabeth Woodhouse and her fellow choir members serenade the streets of Newport with performances that perfectly embody what Christmas is all about.
In the end, the Chorus accomplished its mission of spreading joy to those who needed it, and the happiness that they helped spread can hopefully start a chain reaction of positive energy to go around for the rest of the year.
By Elizabeth Woodhouse
Most mornings in December, I wake with a moment of panic as I think about the impending holidays. I worry about finding the perfect gifts, missing a deal, not leaving enough time for it to arrive on time… I’m sure many of you can relate. All of that stress melted away last weekend when members of the Newport County Youth Chorus, the free after-school chorus program founded in fall 2017, gathered with their families and members of the community for a couple of hours… to sing. In caroling Christmas cheer throughout Newport, I was reminded how easy it can be to access the spirit of the season in any moment.
Second Annual Crafting and Caroling Christmas Cheer event
On the lawn of Emmanuel Church, visitors to the Second Annual Caroling and Crafting Event were serenaded and invited to join in the caroling fun. From there, carolers strolled around the church, crafting cards and creating cotton ball snow people and popsicle stick ornaments. Wafts of popcorn and hot chocolate came from the kitchen—a well-deserved treat for our fearless singers and crafters! Students of the Newport String Project played awesome renditions of holiday favorites like Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Silent Night.