A GATHERING for Carols by Candlelight is being held at the Winsome Hotel next month - a first for the Winsome since the Lismore Soup Kitchen bought it three years ago.
Soup Kitchen president Mieke Bell is excited about seeing the broader community return to the Winsome for a special event. So special, that she will even have the Soup Kitchen's famous Lantern Parade soup on sale.
Two choirs, the Winsome Gospel Choir and the Bridge Street Choir, both directed by maestro Peter Lehner, will perform on the night, and there will be lots of sing-along carols too. There'll be a guest appearance by the Bridge Street Band, a group that also originated from the Soup Kitchen. The music and carols will happen in the front bar.
Peter Lehner said he has been gathering some multi-cultural performers to present some non-denominational festive performances from around the world.
"We're inviting people to come along with their families - we're making it a really family friendly event," Mieka said.
"Since the Soup Kitchen bought the Winsome, we have always wanted to bring people back to enjoy the ambience of what we have here. What better time could there be than Christmas, for that to happen?"
It's on Sunday, December 9 from 6-8pm, and as well as the famous Lantern Parade soup, there'll be ice creams and tea and coffee on sale out in the garden. Plus there will be activities for children including art, face-painting and balloons. Entry is free but any donations to the Soup Kitchen will be welcomed.
"If you want to put money in the pot for the Soup Kitchen, that would be great. The Soup Kitchen gives a lunch on Christmas Day for anyone who wants it, and they're doing hampers for families, as well as regular lunches through the year," Peter said.