Green River Carol Sing marks its 60th anniversary

GUILFORD — Guilford welcomes the return of a special holiday tradition, with the 60th anniversary of the Green River Carol Sing on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m., at Green River Community Church.

It's the first time in four years the Green River Village Preservation Trust (GRVPT) has been able to host the community event after the pandemic forced multiple years of cancellations.

This community event started in the early 1960s to raise funds to restore, rebuild, and maintain the 185-year-old Green River Community Church. Traditionally scheduled for the last Sunday before Christmas, the Carol Sing is a mix of scriptures and carols, ending with a candlelight version of "Silent Night."

Michael Mario will again lead the service and Ned Phoenix will play the historic Estey organ that he repaired this past spring. Following the service, hot cider and traditional holiday cookies and treats will be served in the vestibule.

Attendance is free, but donations are appreciated for the GRVPT, which provides the labor and finances to maintain the church, the Timber Crib dam, the Green River swimming areas, and the Green River Meadows conservation area.

The GRVPT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It receives no local, state, or federal support and is totally reliant upon volunteer help and individual donations. For more information, call 802-254-4813 or visit

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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