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St. Mary’s Church in Indian River dressed in its finest for Home for Christmas concert, featuring Tim Archer and friends and Arioso, on Dec. 8

Recording artist Tim Archer is one of the acts featured in the Home for Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 8 at St. Mary’s Church, Indian River at 2:30 p.m. Accompanied by friends, he will perform songs from his CDs. SUBMITTED PHOTO

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at St. Mary’s Church in Indian River.

The performance venue is decked out in wreaths and garlands in preparation for its second annual Home for Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

“It looks beautiful. We have two tall trees in the altar area, and they’re especially nice in the afternoon because the light is coming in from the two big windows in the sanctuary,” says Mary Crane, a member of the Friends of St. Mary’s Church, the group organizing the fundraiser.

“We’re really excited about having the second concert. We used last year’s funds to repair and paint the side and the back of the church this fall. This year we’re hoping to raise enough funds for the front,” says Crane is looking forward to seeing people’s reactions when they enter the building on Sunday.

“The walls are a cream colour. The trim, which is on the arches, is a heritage green which matches the wood and original stained glass in the side window with the new colours and the Christmas decorations. So, it’s going to be beautiful both visually and acoustically,” she says.

Sunday’s concert features P.E.I. recording artist Tim Archer.

Known for his rich tenor voice, he will showcase music from his new CD, Emotional and Inspirational, and his Christmas CD, I’ll Be Home, which

features 12 classic Christmas songs.

“We are looking forward to performing in that beautiful acoustic place. It’s a pleasure to be part of the fundraising efforts of the Friends of St. Mary’s. The concert is an important cause because it brings music and culture together. It also brings our communities together,” says Archer, during a telephone interview.

That afternoon, he will be accompanied by P.E.I. musical friends Mike and Chris Smith, Erma Campbell, Wayne Diamond, Judy McGregor, Joan Reeves and newcomer Angelina MacKinnon.

“Angelina is 16. She took second place in the talent contest at the Kensington Harvest Festival, last fall. I saw her perform . . . so, I wanted to give her an opportunity to be part of the show. She will be singing Hallelujah,” says Archer.

The choral group, Arioso will also be featured.

The women’s double trio choral group is back by popular demand for a repeat performance this year. Its six members, Juliana Elsinga, Claire Caseley Smith, Heather Lauraine-Harris Coulson, Angela Profit, Maureen Brennan and Meghan McCarthy with pianist Jennifer MacDonald, are music teachers who love singing together and thrill audiences with tight harmonies and spirited vocals.

To add to the holiday atmosphere, hot apple cider with spice cookies will be served free of charge during intermission.

“So it’s going to be a fun afternoon. The concert is one of several fundraising events held by the Friends of St. Mary’s each year,” says Crane.


Sally Cole is a features writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at or by phone at 629-6000, ext. 6054.

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    December 06, 2013 - 13:19

    Thank you so much Sally and the Guardian for showing such great stories on the activity we have on this beautiful Island. a very good read

    December 06, 2013 - 13:16

    Thank you so much Sally and the Guardian for showing such great stories on the activity we have on this beautiful Island. a very good read