Zionsville Showchoirs will be highlighted in a holiday home tour as they join forces
with merchants and members of the community to present “Carol of Homes,” an event featuring area residences staged and decorated for the season and brimming with holiday cheer!
“Carol of Homes” is the brainchild of Jennifer Luczak, joint fundraising chairperson for Zionsville Showchoirs, Inc. (ZSI). Jennifer has two children in showchoir, as does Erin Leonard, her co-chair. Last year, their aim was to find a fundraiser that wouldn’t be more of a drain on parents and would require student participation. “We wanted some buy-in from them,” said Jennifer.
Discovering that Zionsville home tours had proved very successful in the past, the pair built upon that concept, drawing on the talent of award-winning choir members to provide entertainment in each home.
In order to find homeowners willing to host the students and open their homes to the public, Jennifer and Erin put ads in the newspaper and on the school website. They sent letters to parents and the village residents’ association. They even went door-to-door with flyers. Well their efforts paid off, and six homes were made available for the inaugural “Carol of Homes” – three in the village and three on the outskirts of town.
Beth Bugbee’s village home was on that tour. ”What a unique experience! It inspired me to get my decorations up early and enjoy them for the entire season while raising funds for a great group,” she said. “The kids gave beautiful performances and truly put everyone in the holiday spirit.”
Choir members volunteered to participate in the event and performed their favorite holiday songs either individually or in small groups. “I loved getting to meet members of the community and see all of our supporters,” said Kristen Parks, a Royalaires senior. “It is a great way to get more people interested in the show choirs.”
Royalaires senior Max McCreary agreed, “It was an awesome experience to perform casually and spread holiday cheer,” he said.
The kids had a great time and the directors saw such value in it that every student is required to participate this year in some capacity, whether it be hosting in the homes, selling tickets, making programs, helping homeowners, singing, baking or even shoveling snow!
Along with caroling and homemade cookies at this year’s six residences, raffle tickets for beautiful holiday wreaths (decorated and donated by some local businesses and individuals) will be available for purchase. Wreaths will be on display in each home, so be sure to check them all out.
Ticket booklets with pictures and maps of the houses are available now at fivethirty resale and Akard True Value Hardware and will be available at Kogan Antiques & Lighting on the day of the event. Tickets may also be purchased at any of the homes on the tour.
Start your holiday celebrations off with “Carol of Homes.” You won’t be disappointed!
Saturday, December 7
10 am-4 pm
Cost: $20/person (5 years and under – Free)
Visit www.zchoirs.com for this and upcoming events, or contact Jennifer Luczak at 317-408-0203.