VIENNA, Va., December 6, 2013 – Tomorrow’s the day. Wolf Trap kicks off the DC area’s holiday season Saturday evening, December 7, at the Filene Center with its free, annual Holiday Sing-A-Long.
The 2013 edition of this traditional family event includes a performance by The President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, which will perform Christmas and Hanukkah favorites, frequently inviting the audience to sing along with them. Along with the Marine Band, local choral and vocal groups from across the Metro DC area will also perform.
The Holiday Sing-A-Long began back in 1968 when Wolf Trap’s founder, Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), invited local church choirs to her home to sing Christmas carols and share in holiday cheer. Since then, it has grown significantly, welcoming thousands of families and a multitude of volunteer singers from community churches and choral groups who fill the house at the Filene Center each year.
Choruses participating in this year’s Sing-A-Long include the Capital Accord Chorus, Colvin Run Elementary School, Forestville High School, Good Shepherd United Methodist Chancel Choir, High Point High School Chorus, Idylwood Presbyterian Church Choir, Longfellow Middle School, Mount Vernon High School Melodious Majors, Mt. Zion Chancel Choir, St. Theresa School, Trinity Presbyterian Westminster Choir, and the UUCA TrUUbadours.
And by the way, did we mention that this event is free?
That said, there’s another reason for celebrating the season, one that’s exemplified by the Marine Corps’ annual “Toys for Tots” drive which is also an integral part of this annual event.
Every Christmas season, “Toys for Tots” invites individuals and families to remember that others, due to loss of work, medical emergencies and other unfortunate occasions, may not be enjoying a very merry Christmas. It’s particularly hard on the little ones who won’t find any presents under this year’s tree, even as their friends and neighbors might be enjoying theirs.
“Toys for Tots” helps to light up these little disappointed faces each year, but the program always needs our help. If you and your family want to join in the effort, all the Marines ask is that you bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long and drop it off in the designated area at the Filene Center entrance.
As always, donations are not a requirement for admission, of course. But any help you and your family can provide will be greatly appreciated.
So bring along a candle—or more, if your entire family is coming— and perhaps a small Christmas bell or two, and join the tradition of exiting the Filene Center with a candlelight processional during the final verse of “Silent Night.”
Other holiday favorites included in this year’s program will range from “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Let it Snow” to “Hanukkah Dance” and “Dreidel.” Warm up those vocal cords so you’ll be able to join your voice with hundreds of others as everyone celebrates this holiday season together.
The weatherman has promised that the bulk of this weekend’s unpleasant winter weather will hold off until Sunday, with, at worst, a light dusting of snow flurries Saturday evening. So why not make plans to start your holiday season off right by heading off to Wolf Trap tomorrow night.
Again, the Sing-A-Long is a free, non-ticketed event, presented by Wolf Trap Foundation to benefit the community. The program begins December 7 at 4 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 5:30.
Gates to the Filene Center open at 3 pm. Parking is free. The Wolf Trap Metro shuttle bus will not be running for this event. Concessions will be open with holiday beverages and snacks available for purchase.
To get you in the holiday spirit, we’ll leave you with short video highlights from Wolf Trap’s 2011 Sing-A-Long:
Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, Virginia 22182
From the Capital Beltway (I-495):
Take exit 45 west to Route 267 West (Dulles Toll Road), follow signs to local exits, pay toll at the Main Plaza, proceed past the Virginia Route 7 ramp, and exit at the Wolf Trap ramp which comes up next. The Filene Center will be on your right with Park Rangers and police on hand to direct you to available free parking.
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