A Harlan County holiday tradition is being revitalized this Tuesday as local singing ensembles will be gathering on the front steps of the courthouse to sing Christmas carols. The evening, which is being called “Caroling at the Courthouse,” is a joint effort between the Harlan County Arts Council and Harlan County Fiscal Court to celebrate not only Christmas, but the coming together of community spirit.
“Courthouse caroling used to take place here a few years ago, and we’re happy to be a part of bringing this wonderful tradition back,” said Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley. “Harlan County has many talented choirs and singing ensembles, and what better place to showcase this talent and bring everyone together in the spirit of the holiday season than the center of the county, which is our courthouse.”
“Caroling at the Courthouse” will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. Singing ensembles that are scheduled to perform are the Harlan Barber Shop Quartet, Harlan County High School Choir, The Messengers Gospel Group of Lynch, the Harlan Advent Choir, Southeast Community Choir and the Harlan Alumni Boys Choir. While the Harlan Barber Shop Quartet will be opening the evening of carols, the group will also return to the courthouse steps to close the program and lead everyone in a Christmas carol sing-a-long.
“Music has always been a big part of Christmas,” said Harlan County Arts Council President Jennifer McDaniels. “Singing tidings of joy is what Christmas is all about, and the Harlan County Arts Council is happy to organize a Harlan holiday event where music can be the focal point, where our many school and church choirs, as well as local quartets, can be showcased, and where the entire community can gather together in peace, love and harmony.”
The courthouse lobby will be open from 6-8 p.m. with refreshments. Courthouse officials will have Christmas cookies, hot cocoa and hot apple cider available free to those in attendance.
The program is expected to last until 8:30 p.m., at which time the gathering is invited to head down to the Harlan Center to watch the season finale of The Voice at 9 p.m., and to cheer Harlan County’s own Jordan Smith on to victory in the popular singing competition.
The Harlan County Arts Council is a non-profit organization formed to promote and enhance the fine arts in Harlan County. For more information about the Harlan County Arts Council or Tuesday’s “Caroling at the Courthouse,” contact McDaniels at 606-573-4223.