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Nicole and Ben Hirschler of Darien taking part in the Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
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Many carolers held candles for light at the Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
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The Moore family of Darien sings along, including, from left, Chloe, 7, Molly, 11, and Taylor, 9, at the Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. The Moore family of Darien sings along, including, from left, Chloe, 7, Molly, 11, and Taylor, 9, at the Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
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Emma, left, and Kelly Lesko of Darien participate in the Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
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Singers included, from left, Jacob Hardy, 12, Teresa Hardy, Dean Lawrence, age 1, and his parents Lauren and Justin Lawrence, all of Darien, at the Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Singers included, from left, Jacob Hardy, 12, Teresa Hardy, Dean Lawrence, age 1, and his parents Lauren and Justin Lawrence, all of Darien, at the Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
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Singing from left are Kelly Zitzmann, Lexy Zitzmann, 14, and Laura Mantoura, all of Darien, at the Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. 17, Singing from left are Kelly Zitzmann, Lexy Zitzmann, 14, and Laura Mantoura, all of Darien, at the Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
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Lucia Zachowski, president of Darien's Friends of Gorham's Pond, fires up a new tradition with a Christmas carol sing-along on Rings End Bridge on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
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Marisol Bea, 8, of Darien, a newcomer to town, gets into the community spirit at a Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Darien, Marisol Bea, 8, of Darien, a newcomer to town, gets into the community spirit at a Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
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Close to 100 people were on hand for a Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Darien, Conn.
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From left, Steve Hardy, Maddie Hardy, 10, and Yeshika Sharma, 10, all of Darien, share a songbook at the Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. From left, Steve Hardy, Maddie Hardy, 10, and Yeshika Sharma, 10, all of Darien, share a songbook at the Christmas carol sing-along organized by the Friends of Gorham's Pond, on Rings End Bridge, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Darien, Conn.

DARIEN — Hoping to inspire a new community tradition for the holidays, the Friends of Gorham’s Pond hosted its first-ever caroling event on the Rings End Bridge Sunday evening.

“The Darien community has not had the benefit of this kind of event ever,” said group President Lucia Zachowski, “and we just felt we could bring everyone together.”

More than 100 carolers came out to take part in “Here We Go A Caroling.” Police closed the westbound lane to traffic over the bridge and directed cars, while organizers handed out music books and candles for the half-hour sing-along.

“This is the area that was first settled in 1640,” Zachowski noted, “so it’s particularly important.”

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