“Celebrate December with the Shirley Meeting House!"
After a quiet two years inside the Shirley Meeting House, we are happy to open our doors for two live performances in December. We are also looking forward to bringing back a tradition that dates back to 1930. We have missed you all and invite you to join us at one or all of the following events!
While we are excited to spread holiday cheer, we continue to be committed to the health and safety of our audience and ensemble members. Therefore, we will be following all guidelines put forth by the health department and the CDC by requiring masks for all events in the Meeting House. Thank you for your cooperation!
Candlelight Vespers – Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Sunday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for our 18th Annual Candlelight Vespers Program, “Tidings of Comfort & Joy!” Come and relax in the peaceful setting of the Shirley Meeting House as you listen to holiday poems by E.E. Cummings, J. R. R. Tolkien, Edgar Guest, Robert Frost, John Mason Neale and Dr. Seuss. And perhaps you will join in singing a few holiday songs? The musical selections include traditional as well as new arrangements of carols heard throughout the holiday season. The chorus, under the direction of Bernard Crane, will be accompanied by Elenye German on piano. Doors will open at 6:15 to the majestic sound of holiday songs and carols on our Stevens Tracker Organ, performed by Lois Toeppner. Admission is a donation to the Shirley Meeting House. We look forward to seeing you! Masks are required for all attendees.
A New England Christmas
Sunday, December 12th at 4:00 p.m.
The Shirley Meeting House welcomes back Ensemble Lyrae for their first in-person performance since January 2020! In their own words: “After almost 2 full years of distanced virtual events, we are looking forward to being back together in the beautiful Shirley Meeting House sharing songs of the season. We explore the rich history and traditions of the holidays in New England as we share songs by local composers and poets including Carson Cooman, Randall Thompson, Amy F. Burnon, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Frost, and more!” Rachael, Grace and Michelle will once again be joined by guest artist, Naoko Sugiyama on piano.
Admission: $15. Masks are required for all attendees.
Caroling around the Shirley Center Common
Sunday December 19th at 4:00 p.m.
In his story A Child’s Christmas in Shirley Center: World War II Era, Harley Holden recalled caroling on the Common: “A Christmas Eve tradition for over thirty years was the singing of Christmas Carols at neighborhood houses.” It won’t be on Christmas Eve, but it will be close to it. We’ll meet at the Shirley Meeting House around 3:45 and make our way around the neighboring houses singing carols as we go. Warm cider and treats will be available for all the singers afterwards. All ages welcome.