The sounds of the season rang out in downtown Edmonds on Thursday evening as “Jingle Those Bells,” the first ever holiday caroling concert sponsored by the City of Edmonds and the Edmonds Downtown Alliance, filled the air with holiday musical favorites.
“I think we have a new tradition here,” said a grinning Patrick Doherty, Edmonds’ Director of Economic Development and Community Services. “The enthusiasm of both the singers and the audience is absolutely over the top. This is what holiday fun is all about!”
Held on the patio of the Red Twig Cafe at Fifth and Dayton, the event drew more than 75 singers and music lovers. Organizers offered special thanks to local business sponsors Red Twig, The Cheesemonger’s Table, The Edmonds Bookshop, Wishing Stone, Starbuck’s, Spud Fish ‘n Chips and Revelations Yogurt.
Carolers included The Holy Rosary Christmas Carolers, led by Mary Ann Dillon, performing Jingle Bell Rock and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year; the Edmonds Chamber Foundation Follies led by Jan Nicholas singing Santa Baby and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer; Soulcem led by the amazing voice of Brenna Durnin with renditions of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear and O Holy Night; and two groups from Edmonds Woodway High School both led by Charlotte Reese — the Mello-Belles performing Deck the Halls and We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and the Jingle-Aires with Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Let it Snow.
Even the voting was festive, with candy ballots assigned to each competitor (e.g., lollypops for the Jingle Aires, and chocolate coins for Holy Rosary) and the audience depositing that candy type as their ballot in the voting bucket.
At the conclusion of the performances, Edmonds’ own Royce Napolitino led the crowd in some traditional holiday carols while Patrick Doherty counted up the votes.
And in the final tally — drum roll please — it was the Holy Rosary Christmas Carolers coming out on top as the winners of the first annual “Jingle Those Bells” holiday caroling competition.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel
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