Ocean’s Reach Carolers Sing to an Overflow Crowd

It was everything you could ask for—a pre-Christmas musical showcase of carols, theatrics, costume and exquisite talent! All in a Sanibel setting of night twinkling lights, breezy palm trees and 75 guests, friends and neighbors chatting, sipping, tasting, attentively listening and then quietly joining in a choral sing-a- long of everybody’s favorite Christmas tunes.

My favorite was the final sing-a-long carol, “Silent Night”. The song never disappoints and fit our setting well. The crowd favorite, though, was a parady of “The Night Before Christmas”. I must get the words to “The Day After Christmas” for you. It was a hit that rang through and through about the trials and stresses of the season.

The only thing missing was more. More of Jim, Debby and Mark. They were fantastic! Our guests could not believe that such professional voices would come and sing for all of us!!

Another professional vocalist and Ocean’s Reach guest from Indiana wrote me after just having finished her own concert schedule of 3 “Festival of Carols” concerts and the sold out “Messiah” with the Symphonic Choir in Indianapolis.

She says, “We are truly with you in spirit” as you host your own concert tonight. “How we wish we could have joined you in the Grove to hear the Dickens carolers. What a wonderful holiday celebration for everyone there, and such an imaginative offering for your Ocean’s Reach guests. You will surely have many requests for a repeat next Christmas.”

Thank you, Carole. We missed you, too, but I’m happy that good Christmas music is being sold out both in Indianapolis and Sanibel! And you are right. Based on the overnight reaction to our Christmas Carol Concert, “First Annual Christmas Carol Concert” strikes the right chord.

Dru Anne Doyle

See a slideshow of the event here