This article appeared on the Journal-Pioneer website today...
Christmas festival breathes new life into P.E.I. churches
Desiree Anstey / Journal Pioneer / Published on November 06, 2015
© Google Street View / St. Mark's Anglican Church in Kensngton
Festival in Charming Churches is an all-new Christmas-themed storytelling and music event taking place in architecturally and acoustically remarkable churches over three weekends in late November and early December. “We intend to make this such a special event that we feel folks will travel from away to see and hear uplifting, as well as, poignant sights and sounds of the season,” said creator Ray Brow. “Shops, restaurants and accommodations on P.E.I. rarely get visitors in November but with the variety of shows and experimental events there should be something to draw persons of all ages...and the net benefit is an important cause.” The not-for-profit fundraiser will feature 18 shows provincewide with the goal of contributing to the Syrian refugee crisis campaign, as well as, providing a measure of support for local churches. “This is a way every Islander can do a small part in raising money for the Syrian refugees,” said Brow. The idea was sparked from the award-winning Festival of Small Halls. Historic St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Kensington is hosting a children’s show scheduled on December 6. The event is associated with the ‘Festival in Charming Churches’ and will also coincide with a Santa Parade. singers, songwriters, fiddlers and storytellers back to their roots, in charming rural settings. “After years of running the Festival of Small Halls I realized there were additional largely unknown community treasures across the Island that needed to be discovered just as the halls were back in 2008.” Before the Festival in Charming Churches officially kicks off, associated events will pave the way. Brow explained that Georgetown is leading the pack with a "Black Tie Affair" fundraiser - the first of its kind. Georgetown Baptist congregation volunteers are acting as servers. All the food, meal preparation and prizes have been donated by businesses and members of the surrounding community. A talented storyteller or two will regale the crowd and fine music will enhance the evening,” he said. The Black Tie Affair is scheduled on Nov. 21, at 6 p.m., and has three beneficiaries. Tickets are $55 with the proceeds to be split between Playhouse, Destination Georgetown (volunteer community group working to better Georgetown’s future) and $5 of each ticket to the Syrian Refugee Relief. Brow hopes the festival will grow into a new Christmas tradition and annually support a charitable cause, and provide a measure of support for Island churches. “We want to bring more smiles to faces across the province second only to Santa’s Christmas Eve visit. However, the Christmas themed marketing will only be launched the day after Remembrance Day out of respect for our veterans.”
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