Tuesday night, Christmas caroling at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center was going to happen “rain or shine” said Mike Hoke, general director.

Their plans were to have caroling the first three Tuesdays in December at Shangri La. The concerts are an attempt to collect food for Orange Christian Services. So far the weather has been against them.

Dec. 1, the Orangefield High School Choir was to perform, but the event had to be cancelled due to rain.

This week the weather wasn’t looking much better and the West Orange-Stark choir cancelled.

When Hoke said “rain or shine,” he meant it. A choir was put together from Shangri La volunteers, with Marie “Mel” Moreau as choir director and guitarist.

The choir performed for a modest crowd that decided to take a chance on the break in rain.

The public will have one more opportunity, next week on Tuesday, Dec. 15 to participate and help fill OCS’s pantry. Hoke hopes the public will show up in great numbers next week to make up for the first two efforts. “It’s for Orange Christian Services, they really need this,” said Hoke.

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville choir is scheduled to perform

Caroling will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free, but they ask for a donation of a canned good or non-perishable food item.

Refreshments will be available after the performance at the Crescent Moon Cafe’. The Garden Store will also be open for shoppers.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.