By Mark Ambrogi
Holiday Home Tour visitors in Zionsville get a special treat as they are serenaded by the Zionsville Community High School show choirs.
The fourth annual Carol of Homes Holiday Home Tour, which is organized by the show choirs parents group, is set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5. There will be a tour of six decorated homes.
The proceeds go to benefit the show choirs as they prepare for competition season. ZCHS show choir members pay $900 to participate.
“It actually cost $1,400 to participate,” said Erin Leonard, who is co-chair with Lorene Wright. “Even though it’s expensive to be in show choir, we take pride in that we try to keep our costs from going up year to year to the student.”
Leonard said all the homes are decorated to the home owners’ own style.
“We have different student groups who sing in each home during that day,” Leonard said. “They’ll see different ensemble groups, anywhere from a soloist to four or five kids. They’ll be singing their favorite Holiday songs as people tour the house.”
There will be homemade cookies at each house. The Choralaires, an all-female group, and Royalaires, a mixed choral group, will be the performers. The Instrumental Combo and Backstage Crew will also participate.
As a way of giving back to the merchants, two groups of students will be caroling in downtown Zionsville from 10 a.m. to noon.
Leonard said only one show choir member’s home has been on the tour in the four years.
“Everybody in the community has stepped up in various ways,” Leonard said.
Margaret Harvey volunteered her house for the home tour after being a tour guest last year. Harvey is president of the Indianapolis-based Chamberlain College of Nursing, which agreed to be a gold sponsor. Bright House Networks is a silver sponsor.
Century 21 Sheetz Reality, 136 E. Sycamore St., is providing a warming center, where will there be cookies, hot chocolate and chance to warm your hands by outdoor fire pit. Century 21 Sheetz also is working with show choirs to collect hats, gloves scarfs and mittens drive to donate for The Caring Center in Lebanon.
Advance tickets are available at Akard’s Hardware or from ZCHS show choir students. Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets are available on tour day at 21st Century Sheetz, Akard’s Hardware or any of the tour homes. For more, visit zchoirs.com