DARIEN — The torrential rain and winds battering the shores at Pear Tree Beach on Sunday evening may have kept the crowd small, but helped bring it closer together for a communal celebration of the holidays.

Friends of Gorham’s Pond sponsored the second annual Townwide Caroling Sing Along. Despite the harsh weather, the crowd of 40 or so found fun and harmony huddled in the gazebo singing holiday songs, including some 20 members of Darien High School’s Tudor Singers.

Last year close to 200 people came out to the Rings End Bridge for the event, which police asked to relocate to the beach to accommodate parking and crowding.

“We’re doing this as something to bring back the old-time spirit,” said Friends President Lucia Zachowski, “and also to bring light to the problems we have at Gorham’s Pond with the sentiment (buildup).”