Writer / Geri Neita Start the Holidays with Local Merchants and Zionsville Showchoirs Yes, it’s that time of year again, and as part of the town’s Christmas in the Village event, Zionsville High School’s Royalaires and Choralaires have the opportunity to perform holiday favorites in the intimate setting of private residences within the community. Each home is uniquely decorated for the holiday season, oozing charm and providing inspiration to all who enter. Last year, wreaths donated by local florists and decorators were displayed at each stop, whereupon raffle tickets were available for purchase. “We had a lot going on in the homes, with the decorations and the kids singing," said Jennifer Luczek, co-chair of the event. "I think the wreaths just got lost in the whole mix of it.” So this year, the choirs have partnered with Zionsville business owners to promote the event through a silent “wreath” auction. Local merchants will provide and display wreaths at their establishments (November 22 – December 7) where shoppers can elect to place a bid or choose a buy-it-now option. “So many more people will have an opportunity to see the wreaths, and the store owners will see more traffic," said Drew Kogan, owner of Kogan Antiques and Lighting. "It’s a fabulous way for merchants and the schools to work together.” Kogan worked with Sandy Rogers, owner of the Butler’s Pantry, to reach out to help the choirs maximize their fundraising efforts. Every merchant will have the chance to participate, and Kogan estimates his own contribution to be valued somewhere between $200 and $300. As a thank you to those businesses, a group of singers will be present in the village on Saturday, December 6 as an extra stop on the home tour. So grab your earmuffs and mittens and come on down to the village to get in on the auction! Tickets for the event are $20 and are now available at Kogan Antiques and Lighting and the Butler’s Pantry on Main Street, as well as Akard True Value Hardware in Boone Village. They may also be purchased at the homes on the tour, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Jennifer Luczak for more information 317-408-0203 and visit zchoirs.com to see the homes on this year’s tour.