Show goes on a song
By ADAM HICKS
LIKE tinsel on the tree, The Northern Star Carols by Candlelight is a Christmas tradition for Lismore cousins Genie McQuade and Jessie Corcoran.
They know how to do it in style.
With a basket of Christmas goodies and fold-out chairs, the cousins have sung along every year since the Lismore carol event started.
"We're almost as regular as Santa Claus," Mrs Corcoran said.
"We come to enjoy the atmosphere that is created by a group of people singing out in the open," Mrs McQuade said.
"It puts you in the spirit of Christmas."
This year they sat at the top of the hill on the grounds of Southern Cross University, above about 2000 revellers.
Joining them was Genie's aunt, Eugenie Corcoran, and Jessie's son, Michael.
For dinner they had chicken wings made by Mrs McQuade with the same recipe she uses each year.
"I got up early to make them before work today," she said.
To wash it down they had champagne and orange juice.
"You've got to do it properly," Mrs Corcoran said.
And for dessert they had mango, watermelon and homemade chocolates.
Earlier in the day the grounds were lashed by a surprise storm.
Carols co-ordinator, Sherilee Pearson, said staff struggled to hold props together as strong winds pelted the stage.
"We've had a great turn out, considering the earlier weather," she said.
"And everyone who has made it out got a real treat, because the weather turned out to be perfect for an outdoor evening sing-along."