What is the Fairhaven FaLaLa Caroling Competition?
Launched in December of 2018, this is a festive, outdoor singing event, featuring Holiday caroling groups entertaining audiences on the street corners and Village Green of Fairhaven, while raising charitable donations for the Historic Fairhaven Association (HFA) and, for this Second-Annual event, Skookum Kids.
When is the Fairhaven FaLaLa Caroling Competition?
The event is Saturday, December 21, 2019, with group check-in at 2:00pm, caroling between 2:45 and 3:45, and Award Presentations from 4:00 to 5:00.
Who can participate?
You can! This is a competition for singers of any age or ability, where holiday spirit can be the winning ingredient. Assemble (or join) a singing group of four to 20 singers. You may include acoustic instrument accompaniment, but no electronic amplification. Recruit your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to join your caroling group. Carrying a tune may be a plus, but your enthusiasm may win the day! Register your group here!
What can we sing?
Prepare a set of four or more Christmas carols, holiday songs or winter songs. Your repertoire list must be provided at check-in. During your performance hour, between 2:45 and 3:45, you can repeat your set for the strolling public - filling the hour with song.
How do we raise charitable donations?
During the event on December 21, your group will be provided with a donation box when you are singing, so you can invite your listeners to donate cash, which you will submit for accounting at the close of the performance period. After a full accounting following the event, the HFA will issue a donation to Skookum Kids, not to be less than 50% of the total donation proceeds.
Are donations tax deductible?
Donations to the Historic Fairhaven Association, a 501(c)(6) non-profit, are not tax deductible.
How many groups will there be?
We’ve got more than twenty street locations staked out, so we will accommodate as many groups as possible. We’ll try to stretch to fit the response.
How will my group be judged?
A Distinguished Panel of Judges will circulate among the performing groups to listen and observe, and will select six (6) groups to compete in a single-song “sing-off” on the Village Green Mainstage at 4:00. Final judging will bestow three performance awards: Most Musical, Most Entertaining, and Most Creative. One more award will be bestowed on the groups that raise the most donated dollars in their donation boxes during the one-hour caroling event. This group will have the opportunity to perform on the Fa La La Mainstage.
What is the Fairhaven Historic Association?
The Historic Fairhaven Association (HFA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit, all volunteer organization founded in 1972 to promote the Fairhaven area while preserving its historic character. The HFA board of directors and members work together year round to inspire a vibrant, authentic village through unique experiences and connections. Beautification, community events, city relations, and business vitality define the work of the HFA. More information can be found on the HFA website. Donations to the HFA are not tax deductible.
What is Skookum Kids?
Complete information can be found on the Skookum Kids website. From their site: “The mission of Skookum Kids is to repair the foster care system by eliminating the pain points that make life unnecessarily difficult for foster parents and social workers. We do that by involving the whole community in the important work of child welfare.”