SANDWICH — The Sandwich Singers offers comfort and joy in three Christmas concerts on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Melvin Village Community Church, Melvin Village; on Thursday, Dec. 12, at St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley, Whittier Road, Tamworth; and Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Methodist Meeting House, Center Sandwich. All concerts are at 7 p.m.
Mary and Joseph, reluctant travelers (with no GPS), were forced to pay taxes in person far from home. They had to journey to Bethlehem while Mary was pregnant and then in labor, finding no lodgings except in a stable.
After the birth in an unlit byre, they fled when they learned that the baby’s life was threatened by a manic despot. Amidst so much fear and uncertainty, the Christmas story remains one of hope, comfort and joy, glories, bells and voices.
The Sandwich Singers, under the direction of Peggy Johnson, is composed of residents of Sandwich, Tamworth, Madison, Freedom and Conway.
Among the Sandwich Singers, and presenting a comforting song from their own repertoire, are a number of members of the Silver Lake Singers, a choir for hospice and healing, directed by Mary Edes.
The Melvin Village Community Church bell ringers perform in Melvin Village, and are loaning bells (and a ringer) for the other concerts.
Admission is free, but donations are warmly received and help support the concerts and the churches whose wonderful warm spaces they use.