By Derek Schlennstedt
What goes together better than Christmas carols and kale?
While presents might be a bit more attractive, Carols in the Kale offers families a magical evening in the Tecoma Flame Garden.
All that attendees have to bring is a picnic, good will and their voice to celebrate community and all it can do together.
The Hills Food Frontier, Tecoma Uniting Church, a carolling group and VoKallista Community Choir are hosting the event, described as a low-key night with traditional carols and occasional piano accompaniment.
Barb McFarlane, who helped organise the event, described it as a beautiful, family-friendly night.
She said there would also be the opportunity to sing some lovely blessings and acknowledgement songs aimed at inclusivity of belief systems and celebrating abundance and generosity.
“It’s a low-key, grassroots event with no PA system and just people gathering and singing Christmas carols, picnicking, and there’s also a lady who brings a popcorn-making machine,” Ms McFarlane said.
“We just want people to enjoy, be relaxed and gather.
“The carolling group will perform a few songs, but the aim is to give everybody an option to sing rather be sung to.”
There is also the opportunity to bring along a bag of items to donate to someone less fortunate.
The event will take place on 24 December at the Tecoma Uniting Church from 5pm to 7pm, and Ms McFarlane promised there would also be kale available.