News from Sussex County: Sussex County government has announced the 39th annual Caroling on The Circle event is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 5th in downtown Georgetown.
The caroling event highlights the County’s food drive that will extend throughout November and December. Each year, the community singing event doubles as a food drive for hungry families in Sussex County, drawing hundreds of residents – along with the support of area schools, businesses, and civic organizations – who turn out to sing Christmas carols and collect canned goods for area pantries, churches, and food banks.
In 2021, the food drive collected more than 20,000 items for more than a dozen-and-a-half organizations. County officials aim to collect as many or more this year, and are encouraging the public to do their part now to “Pack the Pod” – a 14-foot by 7-foot portable storage shed that will be set up at The Circle – with food items for local food pantries. Since its inception in the 1980s, Caroling on The Circle has raised nearly 775,000 items for local food pantries.
As always, the historic Sussex County Courthouse and picturesque Circle will serve as the backdrop for an evening of traditional and Spanish carols, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. WBOC TV’s on-air personality Jimmy Hoppa will emcee this year’s event, which will feature local singing artists Kevin Short and Ed Shockley. Also joining in the performances will be the Georgetown Middle School and Sussex Academy choirs, as well as the El Centro Cultural group.
Following the festivities, free cookies and hot chocolate will be available for all to enjoy at the Georgetown Fire Company, one block south of The Circle. The event is free to attend. Participants only have to bring non-perishable food items for donation.
Food items will be collected that night, but donations can also be dropped off until the end of December, at the County Administrative Offices building, next to the courthouse, in Georgetown. Receptacles will be available outside the County complex, allowing the public to make drop-offs 24 hours a day throughout the holiday season.
Caroling on The Circle will be held regardless of weather. In the event of rain or snow, it will be moved to inside the fire hall on South Bedford Street.
For more information, call (302) 855-7700.