Despite checking Weather Channel constantly for a week, the prediction for 4-6 pm did not change from Rain Expected. After making a backup plan, we met anyway, and darned if 50 people didn't show up with in good voice and spirits and ready to sing. The rain held off until 5:45 so we got nearly a full Mob in before the first drops hit us.
On Sunday, December 20, 2015, the 12th annual Caroling Mob met in Jackson Square and walked across to the Academy Estates subsidized housing complex in Roxbury. It's built on a hill, and there are different levels and eras represented on the hill; the bottom level looks like a state university built in the sixties, with long buildings sheathed in colorful corrugated metal siding. Upper levels were more modern-looking and more populated- the lower levels seemed pretty empty (but spirited! when we found people!).
Kids got dressed and came out to stand and listen, and guide us to the next place to carol. People would request songs and then hold their phones out the window to record and send to their loved ones. Very sweet.
All in all a very satisfying outing. Send pictures or videos if you have them and I'll post them!
Check out CBS Local's plug for us back in 2013.
Such a good time this year! About 50 people! We had a few kids even, some of whom made it all the way to the hot chocolate (BIG THANKS TO TONIA AND ED ON SAINT ROSE ST!). It is so beautiful to watch people slowly poke their heads out of the upper windows, not quite believing that there are singers out there...
Great time afterwards at James' Gate Pub, singing Tom Lehrer and other songs. Hark the Herald Tribune Sings! Advertising Glorious Things!
Quotes from happy customers:
"Thanks for coming to our little one-block dead end street and singing FOUR SONGS!!! We loved it. You blew my 3-year-old's mind, especially because you started with his favorite, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", which he sings nonstop anyway! I promise to join you myself next year." -LH, Facebook
"So much fun! My toes nearly froze off but it was worth it!" -DC, Facebook
"What a wonderful event yesterday--enjoyed the caroling from my 3rd floor window at #. Thanks for uplifting songs and energy!" -M, Saint Rose Street, JP
"Thank you for the wonderful carols! The kids in our house (ours and the downstairs neighbors' as well) absolutely loved it, as did we". -RC, Saint Rose Street, JP
After meeting at Stony Brook, about 40 of us traveled up towards Egleston Square, past the house of Bonnie Rovics, who provided some merry libations. We were joined by the Consul General and the Vice Consul from El Salvador (both of whom had been involved in the Missionaries concerts which I had directed, Dec 2-4 2010). Beautiful harmonies. Cookies! We ended at Bella Luna, where some of us more stalwart singers stayed for dinner. And sang. Lovely.
BLIZZARD! Snow snow snow! Oh my goodness. Lots of snow. What a winter wonderland. Singing our way out of Forest Hills, up Tower Street, back to dinner at the Dogwood Cafe... (who were kind of grumpy about us arriving, actually.. where's the spirit!?)... Tower street was so nice! Several houses offered cookies, invited inside two or three of them. Slight splintering of group as some stopped for cider here and others went on to there for cookies. Just a picture perfect caroling outing.
Carol Mob 1- Downtown
Secret Plan: everyone got on the last car of the 1:15 inbound Orange Line train and started singing all at once. Performance art, yassir. We got a few ladies in the car singing with us, though they would not join us to carol. We got off at the New England Medical Center stop and got the "White Christmas" crowd coming out of the Wang center. I think they thought we were part of the show.
We went up past the opera house where the Nutcracker was playing and we sang in their entryway- nice acoustics!- ... Overheard comment: "...they look like real people!..." (as opposed to ...? I think they meant as opposed to paid actors and so forth, but it was funny out of context). Next we got on the Red Line to Harvard.
Harvard Square wasn't so interesting from a caroling standpoint, but then we went to Burdick's for hot cocoa. Whoa! yoiks! Rich!
Carol Mob 2- Sheridan Street in JP
This was a nice time full of warm fuzzies. No real great stories, just the kind of generous warmth that's the reason I started this event. People came out to listen; some people had their families and kids around; it was great. Some people took pictures, and if you were one of those, please send them to me. I'd love to update this site a little.