Fa-La-La Competition | Fairhaven Winterfest
 

Fa-La-La FAQ

 
 

What is the Fairhaven Fa-La-La Caroling Competition?

Launching in December of 2018, this is a festive, outdoor singing event, featuring Holiday caroling groups entertaining audiences on the street corners and Village Green of Fairhaven, while raising charitable donations for the Historic Fairhaven Association (HFA) and, for this First-Annual event, Northwest Youth Services (NWYS).


When is the Fairhaven Fa-La-La Caroling Competition?

The event is Saturday, December 22, 2018, with group check-in at 2:30pm, caroling between 3:15 and 4:15, and Award Presentations from 4:30 to 5:30.


Who can participate?

You can! This is a competition for singers of any age or ability, where holiday spirit can be the winning ingredient. Assemble (or join) a singing group of four to 20 singers. You may include acoustic instrument accompaniment, but no electronic amplification. Recruit your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to join your caroling group. Carrying a tune may be a plus, but your enthusiasm may win the day!


What can we sing?

Prepare a set of four or more Christmas carols, holiday songs or winter songs. Your repertoire list must be approved at check-in. During your performance hour, between 3:15 and 4:15, you can repeat your set for the strolling public - filling the hour with song.


How do we raise charitable donations?

We call it “Fa-La-Lanthropy.” It is the combined donations you are able to solicit and submit prior to, and during, the event. You will be asked to estimate a total donation amount on the group registration form (most often in the range of $100 to $500). Once you register your singing group you will be invited to create your very own group donation page. In the weeks before the event, you are encouraged to ask the people you know to support your group by making a donation by cheque (payable to HFA), cash, or giving online at your group page. Bring all cheques and cash donations to the event check-in. During the event on December 22, your group will be provided with a donation box when you are singing, so you can invite your listeners to donate cash, which you will submit for accounting at the close of the performance period. After a full accounting following the event, the HFA will issue a donation to Northwest Youth Services, not to be less than 50% of the total donation proceeds.


Are donations tax deductible?

Donations to the Historic Fairhaven Association, a 501(c)(6) non-profit, are not tax deductible.


How many groups will there be?

We’ve got more than twenty street locations staked out, so we will accommodate as many groups as possible. We’ll try to stretch to fit the response.


How will my group be judged?

A Distinguished Panel of Judges will circulate among the performing groups to listen and observe, and will select six (6) groups to compete in a single-song “sing-off” on the Village Green Mainstage at 4:30. Final judging will bestow two three performance awards: Most Musical, Most Entertaining, and Most Creative. Two more awards will be bestowed on the groups that raise the most donated dollars - first to the group that raises the most prior to the event and second to the group that raises the most in their donation boxes during the one-hour caroling event.


What is the Fairhaven Historic Association?

The Historic Fairhaven Association (HFA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit, all volunteer organization founded in 1972 to promote the Fairhaven area while preserving its historic character. The HFA board of directors and members work together year round to inspire a vibrant, authentic village through unique experiences and connections. Beautification, community events, city relations, and business vitality define the work of the HFA. More information can be found on the HFA website. Donations to the HFA are not tax deductible.


What is the Northwest Youth Services?

Complete information can be found on the Northwest Youth Services website. From their site: “Since 1976, Northwest Youth Services has been the doorway to safety and the pathway to progress for thousands of young lives. Much has changed in our communities during those years. What has not changed is our commitment to supporting the uniqueness of each youth served.” The NWYS Mission is to collaborate with “at-risk, runaway and homeless youth to foster self-reliance,” and their Vision is that “all young people have a place to belong: to be safe, heard, and valued.”