The Friends of Gorham’s Pond  will sponsor the first ever Darien Christmas Caroling Sing-Along, to take place on Rings End Bridge on Sunday evening, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. Carolers of all ages will be welcome from all over Darien to come and join in this inaugural event.

Lucia Zachowski, president of Friends of Gorham’s Pond, said while prepping for the holiday season, she thought it was unfortunate that Darien didn’t have a traditional caroling event.

“I decided to float the idea with (First Selectman) Jayme (Stevenson) and the Darien Police and it just took off on its own,” she said.

The response from the community has been “amazing,” Zachowski said.

She said that a similar event was attempted at Tilley Pond about 20 years ago and it couldn’t get off the ground.

Zachowski said that it isn’t just the nearby familiarity of Rings End Bridge that prompted her to chose that location..

“It is an incredibly beautiful spot. Having had the benefit of being able to walk there myself — it is a very inspiring, natural, beautiful place,” she said.

Stevenson said: “I hope all town residents will step back in time with us to celebrate the beauty and magic of Darien’s holiday season with caroling and good cheer at the iconic Rings End Bridge.”

“Nothing brings out the holiday spirit better than Christmas caroling!  Gathering on Darien’s iconic Ring’s End Bridge overlooking Gorham’s Pond will be like stepping back in time and will remind us of how blessed we are to live in such a beautiful and historic place,” Stevenson said.

“Please take a few moments on from your busy holiday schedules to join us as we gather together to celebrate the magic of the season with music and good cheer,” she said.

Carolers are encouraged to park on Harbor Road or at Pear Tree Point School and walk to Rings End Bridge. A lyric booklet of the carols will be provided and Holiday refreshments will be offered to the carolers.

The Friends of Gorham’s Pond is sponsoring this event to offer all Town residents the opportunity to have a meaningful Holiday experience in the beautiful and historic cradle of Darien. The Gorham’s Pond area was settled in 1640, providing settlers and Indians alike a bountiful, temperate harbor for trade and farming.

“As we approach this Holiday season, FOGP wanted to provide all our neighbors with an opportunity to experience the joy and community of caroling in this exquisite and natural masterpiece of nature. Together, we can begin a new and meaningful Holiday tradition for our entire community,” said FOGP President Lucia Zachowski

To ensure safety, police will close the north lane of Rings End Bridge for use by the carolers. The south lane of the bridge will remain open to traffic for emergency vehicles.

For further information go to FriendsofGorhamsPond.org

As far as an admission fee, Zachowski said “absolutely not.”

“This is the spirit of the community coming together — there is no fundraising aspect whatsoever,” Zachowski said.

The location is special because Rings End Bridge, as Zachowski said, it is “the historical cradle of Darien.”

“Come raise your voices in joy — that’s all we want,” she said.

Download your list of Christmas carol lyrics for Sunday here.

Here is the list of carols:

White Christmas

Winter Wonderland

The Christmas Song

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Deck the Halls

Joy to the World

Hark the Herald

The First Noel

Come all ye Faithful

What Child is This?

Angels We have Heard on High

Away in a Manger

O Holy Night

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Silent Night

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Gorham’s Pond after the recent snowstorm  — Lucia Zachowski photo