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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Carolers Tonight Seek to Set World Record

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More than 600 carolers tonight at Westport’s Compo Beach will seek to establish the Guinness World Records achievement for caroling door to door.

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Organized by Westport’s Unitarian Church, the effort is called “One Voice” and is presented by Stop & Shop. They will begin at 7 p.m. on Compo Beach Road.

A week ago, registration was halted when planners said it reached its limit. “As soon as we stopped registration, there was an immediate outpouring of disappointed people” said Jim Keenan, event organizer. 

“What people don’t know is that we only need to beat 250 people to establish the record and the larger the group gets, the harder it becomes to satisfy all the other record requirements and we didn’t want to jeopardize the world record.”

Carolers will sing two carols to 14 homes over a five-street route, exceeding the minimum requirements to establish the record, he said.

Carolers will be treated to hot chocolate and cider compliments of Stop & Shop before caroling. 

The event has attracted volunteers from all over Fairfield County, according to Keenan. They include members of local church youth groups, sports teams and clubs, he said.

The effort will support the Lily Sarah Grace Fund which benefits the arts in underfunded elementary schools across America. Lily, Sarah and Grace are three young sisters who lost their lives when their Stamford home burned to the ground on Dec. 25, 2011. 

Guinness World Records representative Danny Girton Jr will be on hand to adjudicate the event and determine whether a record has been set, Keenan said.

Posted 12/12 at 12:30 PM 

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