For the second year in a row, the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council will be bringing back its Youth Holiday Celebration, which gives local kids a chance to showcase their talent while celebrating the season.
The show hits the stage at the community centre on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
According to Bethany Poltl, the LMYAC chair, last year’s inaugural event featured 16 performances from 25 young people, including students from Maple Leaf Montessori.
“Last year we had dancers, singers, pianists, guitar, violin, and ukuleles,” says Poltl.
Several young community members have already expressed interest in performing on this year’s stage, including Poltl (a ballet dancer and classically-trained singer), the Handbell Choir, several other singers, and the students of local music and vocals teacher Cynthia Konopka.
Tiffany Leung, a member of the youth council, admits organizing the event is a bit stressful, “seeing a great number of people that showed and enjoyed themselves at the event was gratifying.” She continues, “It was an important event because the youth council was just newly established that year and to see such a great support from the community reflected that there is a need for a youth council in Niagara-on-the-Lake.”
“It’s a way for youth in Niagara to go outside of their studios (and living rooms) and share their talents with others,” says Poltl.
She said the youth council has invited the local schools to send artwork for display, and that schools are welcome to contact the council if they would like a choir to perform.
“We have so much talent here in NOTL and this is just one way we are trying to bring us together and celebrate.”
The event is entirely organized by members of the LMYAC. The group will be providing holiday decor, snacks for after the celebration and, “some fun interactive sing-a-longs as well,” Said Poltl.
Council members will be hosting and emceeing the celebration, which is open to everyone in the community.
Lord mayor-elect Betty Disero will be in attendance to give a speech.
“We are trying to showcase local Niagara talent in a festive way,” says Poltl. “The celebration is free — come share in our holiday cheer!”