Christmas Caroling Flash-mob Details (Wash. D.C. area)

TWO LOCATIONS have been selected for the very first @BellRingSing:

Sunday, December 23, 2012
UPDATE: Instead of finding a bell ringer as a starting place, we will start in front of a store that is easy to find by everyone.

2:00 p.m. – Iverson Mall
3737 Branch Ave. Hillcrest Heights, MD
Start at Burlington Coat Factory
(MD north of the beltway on Branch Ave.)

3:00 p.m. – Potomac Yard
3671 Jefferson Davis Hwy Alexandria, VA
Start at Shoppers Food Warehouse
(VA on Route 1 near Crystal City)

Both are inside the Washington beltway and are reasonably close to the city. Each is accessible by public transportation and has an abundance of parking with wide open spaces where lots of singers can fit. All flashmob singers are welcome at both locations, but it is fine if you can only attend one location.

WHAT TO WEAR – So we don’t frighten anyone, please dress for the event. Maybe skip the costume but wearing bright seasonal colors is a good idea. (Where is my Christmas Sweater?)

WHOM TO BRING/INVITE: Your children, cousins, coworkers, classmates, choir members, nephews, neices, neighbors, siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends … etc.

WHERE TO MEET: Find the store that is closest to the city. At Potomac Yard, the store closest to the city is on the far left as you look from the main road (Shoppers) & at Iverson the store farthest to the right is closest (Burlington Coat Factory).

WHAT TO BRING: Your smartphone: when you arrive, for those on Twitter, tweet that you are at the @BellRingSing and what store you’re near. Bell ringers sometimes move between multiple entrances. Your camera. Photos and videos may be uploaded to Twitter using #bellringsing or directly to me using @bellringsing (Thank you).

THE SIGNAL TO START: Set your mobile phone alarm for the time of the bellringsing. When the alarms go off at the same time, we will know it is time to start singing. Don’t forget to shut off your alarms as soon as the carols begin. If you arrive late, don’t leave, join us.

WHAT TO SING: The song-list consists of some popular classics that are also easy to sing for most people: “Jingle Bells”, “Joy to the World”, “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”, “Silent Night” (let’s keep it simple, it is our first time). If the weather is a factor, we will want to keep it short.

CAROLING: After we finish the first song, we will walk and sing moving past the storefronts toward the other end of the mall. We should finish singing by the time we reach the last store (Target @ Potomac Yard). Otherwise, a song may be repeated.

CONSIDERATIONS: Since many who come to sing will likely not know most of the others who are there, if we sing the most familiar version of each song, more people will be able to keep up. While singing harmonies is encouraged, singing unique versions of the songs, that only a small group of people know, may throw everyone else off.

RESPECT FOR THE MALL: This is a peaceful gathering for the sole purpose of singing Christmas carols. We should be careful not to block car traffic or the flow of people on foot. If the police or a mall security officer asks us to leave, we should do so quickly and safely. We will find another place to sing next time.

ARE YOU EXCITED? I am! Whether 20 or 2,000 people show up for this, I will be happy to sing with you all. Thank you for being willing to lift your voice and go caroling!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

“Miss Christmas Caryl”


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