Events of Cheer!

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Going On Tour

 Love to sing in the snow? Like to bring cheer and joy to others?  What...you can't sing?  Don't worry, we've got you covered.  We tour the state of Connecticut the last weekend before Christmas. We sing everywhere from private residences to fire stations, police stations, churches, hospitals, schools and nursing homes. There have been 27 stops on the 2-day tour over the past 3 years. It is a lot of work, a lot of cheer and a ton of fun!  If you know someone who has suffered a loss, experienced a physical tragedy or is alone and needs some Christmas cheer, call and let us know! Between the Tour dates and Rehearsals,   High School students could earn anywhere from 40 - 90 hours in one season and have tons of fun in the process.  The tour is usually the last weekend before Christmas.  (You must complete both Tour dates and attend all rehearsals in order to get the hours).  

Rehearsals

 We learn 27 traditional hymns and Christmas carols, allow for many  solo's, duets and speaking parts to those who want them. We meet every Friday night from 7pm - 8:30pm. We start the Friday after Labor Day and finish the Friday before the tour.  Recipients are delightfully surprised when we ask for their favorite requests and we sing them! We get invited back every year! Between the Rehearsals and the Tour, High School students could earn anywhere from 40 - 90 hours in one season. (You must complete both Tour dates and attend all rehearsals in order to get the hours). 

"Goodie Bag Days" & Office Helpers

 

We don't like to show up on someone's doorstep empty handed, so we make "goodie bags".  We decorate the outside with an ornament, which can include mugs, candy canes, hot chocolate, popcorn, our CCMT bookmarks and a personalized Christmas card! If you enjoy crafts, decorating, coloring, stuffing bags, shopping for the items, call us! You don't have to be a singer to do this part. High School Students still earn community service credits for every hour they spend putting the bags together! We meet every Saturday from 2pm - 4pm.


Another area students can earn community service credits for is when they come to help with office work! Addressing envelopes, writing donation letters, putting packets, songbooks and important forms together. Making copies, proof-reading, stuffing envelopes, making phone calls, taking notes, putting the tour map together, helping to maintain the website and Facebook pages etc. Again, one does not need to be a singer to earn service hours. In fact, students can earn community service credits by doing a little of everything, including being a part of the caroling group. We meet every Saturday from 2pm - 4pm.

Walk-a-thons & Cleaning Yards / Houses

 

Putting our money where our mouths are. This is an easy one. Ask for a minimum $3.00 donation for every mile you walk! This is great for friends, siblings, entire families and even youth groups.  It is a great time to spend time with your family and even get your muscles a bit more toned! The planned 3 - 5 mile walk will be announced every March in time for a walk in late May or early June. 


Have you ever heard someone say, "I've got to get my papers organized." or "I need to wash down my kitchen cabinets", or "The garage is long overdue to be cleaned out."? Perhaps someone is moving or packing boxes from the basement to the attic or needs help painting a room or someone to babysit or dogsit.  Offer to do their dishes, vaccuum and dust or clean out a car! These are just a few perfect ways to help someone save their time and energy and volunteer to do the work for them and ask for a suggested $5.00 - $10.00 donation for each hour or project you do for them. Fill out the triplicate form and you will get the community service credits regardless if you sing in the choir or not!  This can be done all year long on your own schedule!

Art & Bake Sale

 Several previous choir members have been begging to have an art and bake sale, but the time has not been right until we actually went nonprofit! Are you a great artist who can draw beautiful pictures?  Are you an avid baker whose pastries melt in everyone's mouth who taste them?  Start drawing and baking. Then bring them to this sale and you will be amazed at how much money you could raise. The proceeds go directly into the bank account of CCMT and you get the credit. You can be in the caroing group or not! Scheduled for late June or early July.  

Annual Awards Christmas Banquet

 This is where the year starts and ends every year!  Everyone works so hard throughout the year and we want to celebrate their accomplishments in front of their family and friends! The choir will perform a couple of numbers and several volunteers will work the banquet and enjoy the night at the same time. The night is designed to be a recap of what was accomplished in the past year and a forecast as to how we plan to go "Beyond Christmas" in the New Year. This is a party you don't want to miss!!!!  The banquet is scheduled for the second Saturday in January  in order to make sure all Christmas and New Years holidays have been celebrated without interruptions.