Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
                                Dinah Majure and Ginny Vracin, members of the Saratoga Sirens, practice for the Coupeville Caroling Contest. Six teams representing local nonprofit organizations will be placed around downtown starting at 1 p.m. today.

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times Dinah Majure and Ginny Vracin, members of the Saratoga Sirens, practice for the Coupeville Caroling Contest. Six teams representing local nonprofit organizations will be placed around downtown starting at 1 p.m. today.

Caroling contest benefits local nonprofit causes

Holiday music will ring through the streets of Coupeville 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Teams of carolers, representing local nonprofits, will be competing in the second annual Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association event.

Singers and listeners can stay warm by the propane fire pits that will be at all the locations around town and with the hot chocolate provided by Lavender Wind.

The caroling contest is co-sponsored by The Crow’s Roost.

“It’s about having fun and interacting with the community,” said Mel Rodman, one of the organizers.

She said the event is meant to spread some cheer and raise funds for Central Whidbey nonprofits, all while encouraging individuals to shop locally.

Six groups representing the American Association of University Women, Whidbey Island Branch; Community Foundation for Coupeville Schools, Compass Health, WAIF, Historic Whidbey for Haller House, and the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation will be singing at various locations around town. Voting ballots will be available at the Birdbath, located under the Oystercatcher, where there will also be heaters, treats and hot chocolate.

The ballots will include the locations of all the teams.

The winning team will receive a $300 prize, with $125 and $75 going to the second and third place teams.

Winners will be announced around 2:15 p.m. at the Birdbath.

The first place team will also be invited to sing at the Red Ticket drawing Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Island County Historical Museum.

Members of the Suva-Neers, singing for the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation, feel positive about their chances of winning, especially with their adaptations of traditional Christmas carols to make them more Whidbey centered.

The group is hoping to win money for maintenance of the historic schooner Suva.

“We’re not braggers, we’re just confident,” said member Martha Miller.

The Community Foundation for Coupeville Schools will be represented by a team of the same name.

James Steller is a board member of the foundation and has a son in seventh grade. He said his wife saw the contest and thought it would be a fun opportunity to spread holiday cheer and maybe benefit local schools along the way.

His family and a couple members of the foundation’s board decided to form a team.

“I wouldn’t classify us as professional singers in any manner but we love the town, we definitely celebrate the holidays and are really looking forward to some friendly competition this weekend,” Steller said.

The Saratoga Sirens are singing for Historic Whidbey’s Haller House. The group formed in October and made its performance debut at Island Transit’s birthday celebration on the bus. Most of the Sirens’ songs will be traditional, but one “custom” one will be added into the mix.

“We’re having a great time,” said Dinah Majure.

“We’re really grateful for this opportunity.”

Wilie Vracin,left, and David Howell rehearse a customized Christmas carol for the Caroling Contest today. The two are members of the team Suva-Neers, representing the Coupeville Maritime Foundation at the contest. The event features teams from local nonprofit organizations. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Wilie Vracin,left, and David Howell rehearse a customized Christmas carol for the Caroling Contest today. The two are members of the team Suva-Neers, representing the Coupeville Maritime Foundation at the contest. The event features teams from local nonprofit organizations. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
                                Wylie Vracin rehearses for the Coupeville Caroling Contest, happening from 1-2 p.m. today. He is a member of the Suva-Neers, representing the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation.

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times Wylie Vracin rehearses for the Coupeville Caroling Contest, happening from 1-2 p.m. today. He is a member of the Suva-Neers, representing the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation.

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