Friends of Gorham’s Pond host caroling event
DARIEN — When Lucia Zachowski moved to Darien four years ago, she was surprised her new home lacked a classic holiday tradition: Christmas caroling.
“It’s a tradition that in New England is very well established,” she said. “It’s been a tradition for awhile, a town getting together and caroling before Christmas, and Darien has never had it.”
Zachowski is president of the Friends of Gorham’s Pond, an environmental organization dedicated to cleaning up the body of water after it filled with sand runoff from Interstate 95. She decided to combine that cause with the caroling tradition for the Friends of Gorham’s Pond’s first Darien Christmas Caroling Sing-Along, held on the Ring’s End Bridge.
“We want to raise awareness for this to other Darienites and make them realize Gorham’s Pond is in need of significant restoration and make them feel Gorham’s Pond is part of their world as Darien residents,” she said. “We want them to come down and sing with us and send voices out over water to see how beautiful the area is and how it’s worth saving.”
The event will be held Sunday at 5 p.m.
Carolers are encouraged to park on Harbor Road or at Pear Tree Point School and walk to Ring’s End Bridge. A lyric booklet of the carols will be provided and holiday refreshments offered to the carolers.
To ensure safety, police will close the north lane of Ring’s End Bridge for use by the carolers. The south lane of the bridge will remain open to traffic for emergency vehicles.
For further information, go to FriendsofGorhamsPond.org.
The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Deck the Halls
Joy to the World
Hark the Herald
The First Noel
Come all ye Faithful
What Child is This?
Angels We have Heard on High
Away in a Manger
O Holy Night
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Carolers of all ages are welcomed without charge. Lyric booklets and holiday refreshments will be offered over the course of the half-hour event. Zachowski will help lead the event with the simple accompaniment of a pitch pipe.
“I hope all town residents will step back in time with us to celebrate the beauty and magic of Darien’s holiday season with caroling and good cheer at the iconic Ring’s End Bridge,” said First Selectman Jayme Stevenson in a statement. “Coming together as a community and raising our voices with joy for our everyday blessings is sure to become a treasured Darien tradition.”
Zachowski said the event is not to raise money but simply bring people together, especially near the pond, which was the first area of Darien ever settled back in the 1600s.
“It’s a special tradition,” Zachowski said. “It’s something that brings people together.”