SL1 0431 300x1991 Shrewsbury Caroling on the Common set for December 23rdShrewsbury, Massachusetts – Return for a 12th year and enjoy this popular holiday tradition in Shrewsbury.  The annual carol sing with the Worcester Brass Consort  takes place on the town common in front of the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury on Friday, December 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM. This event has never cancelled because of weather. In the event of extreme winter conditions, this event is moved into the church hall.

Each year the carol sing seems to attract a larger and more enthusiastic crowd. This year’s event is jointly sponsored by the community concert series, “Arts on the Green” and Scissors Hair Salon. According to series director Malcolm Halliday: “this event was first envisioned, and then implemented by  Shrewsbury resident Kay Reynolds, with encouragement and funding for the brass from the Music Committee at the congregational church. Since its first season the event has grown and taken on quite a life of its own. We are glad to continue sponsoring the brass players through “Arts on the Green” and grateful to Scissors Hair Salon for their underwriting of the hot chocolate.

The event is free and open to the entire community, though a donation will be collected to support the Worcester County Food Bank. The Worcester Brass Consort is a professional ensemble directed by Douglas Weeks, Professor of Music at WPI, and they do a fantastic job ringing in the spirit of the holidays. Please bring a flashlight. We also encourage you to bring toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and.or deodorant which will be distributed to the more than 280 families living in Shrewsbury who are served by St. Anne’s Food Pantry.