Singing carols for Deerfield Valley Rescue

Singing carols at the Red Door on Dec. 16

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WILMINGTON — St. Mary's in the Mountains presents its Second Annual Red Door Community Carol Sing on Dec. 16, beginning at 3: 30 p.m. Come join the entire community to celebrate the season, singing traditional carols and seasonal favorites (some done in less traditional ways), along with musical performances by Deerfield Valley musicians, Holiday treats, and some surprises — including a special visitor from the far, far North.

The event will support Deerfield Valley Rescue, which since 1974 has provided pre-hospital emergency medical care to residents in this area. Its two full-time employees and approximately 25 volunteers staff ambulances 24 hours a day, and provide critical, time-sensitive help to our friends and neighbors. DVR needs our help to with its relocation to its new home on Route 100.

The Red Doors will open at 3:15 p.m., with snacks, hot cider, and other treats available. Starting at 3:30 p.m., guests will be entertained by a wide-range of singers, pianists, and other musicians. Among the performers will be Robin Matathias' flute ensemble, Bob and Flaminia Zeman, the St. Mary's Chime Choir, and a women's chorus offering French carols.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the audience will be invited to join in, sharing tunes which have been part of the season for as long as anyone remembers — with a few new ones which will become favorites. They'll be accompanied by area musicians such as Ned Wilson, Sue Maddern and Deb Canedy, and lyric books will help everyone participate. Interspersed between the songs will be short performances by Valley musicians offering a wide variety of musical styles.

"Once again, we wanted to open our beautiful church to a fun and traditional carol sing, where the Valley community is involved celebrating this festive season, whether as performers, sing-along participants or just listening with a smile and a piece of gingerbread," said Joe Fortner, a member of St. Mary's and one of the organizers.

Admission is by free-will donation, and all proceeds will go to Deerfield Valley Rescue. In addition, hot drinks, gingerbread, cookies and other treats will be available.

The event is at the Red Doors at 13 E. Main St., in Wilmington.

For more information, visit the St. Mary's Facebook page, facebook.com/StMarysVT


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