Updated: Nov 23, 2021
Caroling in the Park
Festivities on Dec. 12 start at 3:00 p.m.
The Grace & Holy Trinity Vocal Ensemble, accompanied by Mark Koontz, the RVA Street Singers, directed by Robin Rio and accompanied by Mark Koontz, the Voices of Zion Choir from Hood Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, accompanied by Will Griffin, and the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir, directed and accompanied by Crystal Jonkman and Pete Curry, will sing Christmas carols at Caroling in Monroe Park on Sunday, December 12 at 4:00 p.m.
The four groups will lead the community sing featuring sounds of the season from traditional hymns to popular carols.
“The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir is about bringing voices together from locations throughout the metro area,” according to Crystal Jonkman, a director of GRCC. “We look forward to continuing this mission by participating in this joyful holiday event!”
“This is the perfect event to bring people together for fun and holiday cheer,” said Robin Rio, director of the RVA Street Singers. “After all the stress of the pandemic, we couldn’t be happier … I think it will become an RVA tradition.”
“Rarely do all these wonderful voices come together in one place at one time,” said Rev. Dr. Lorenza Ricardo Meekins, Pastor of the Hood Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Food Trucks and Beverages
Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. when food trucks arrive in Monroe Park. Cary Street Catering’s “Shakedown Eats” will offer hot Tater Tot entrees and chili while Monique’s Crepes serves sweet and savory selections. Hot beverages from Espresso A-Go-Go in Monroe Park will also be available for purchase. Music begins at 4:00 p.m.
Bring the family to Caroling in Monroe Park for an afternoon to remember!
The RVA Street Singers, a community choir for those affected by homelessness and allies in the Greater Richmond area, began in 2017 under the late Becky Tyree. Becky’s vision of building community through song continues with the RVA Street Singers, who rehearse on Saturdays at Second Presbyterian Church. The choir is inclusive and welcomes new members. Contact Robin Rio or message the group through Facebook for more information.
The Voices of Zion Choir is from Hood Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, located at the corner of Adam and Clay Streets in RVA where the Pastor is the Rev. Dr. Lorenza Ricardo Meekins. Choir members have ministered through song for more than 50 years. Some of the members began with the Children’s Choir. The choir is accompanied by one of their former musicians and current Chesterfield County music teacher Will Griffin.
The Grace & Holy Trinity Vocal Ensemble, accompanied by Mark Koontz, is from a rich tradition of excellent music at Grace & Holy Trinity Church. It features members of the church’s Adult Choir, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Melcher Davis.
The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir (GRCC) is a critically acclaimed group of diverse voices from ages 8-18 who love to sing. The choir is directed by Crystal Jonkman and Pete Curry.