The Anne Dodson & Friends holiday concert will celebrate its 23rd consecutive season Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St/Route 1. Once again it is the closing event of Christmas by the Sea, Camden’s annual weekend of holiday festivities, as it brings performers and audience together in a shared community event.

This year, a cast of returning participants joins Dodson including The Quasimodal Chorus, Matt Szostak, Will Brown, Kat Logan, Jim Loney, David Dodson and Pixie Lauer. New for this season are Hazel Delehey, Mary Kate Small and Dean Stevens.

Delehey, who put in a cameo appearance at last year’s show, is an adept and spirited singer, guitarist and songwriter who will be joining “the regulars” on a number of songs. She lives in Rockport and attends Camden Rockport Elementary School.

Small is a remarkable songwriter who hails from the Boston area and who, along with her husband David Dodson, will present a new round to aid in navigating Camden’s downtown.

Stevens was born and raised in Costa Rica. He learned Spanish at an early age and readily absorbed the musical and topical influences of the region. He travels frequently to Central America and has become known for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of refugees returning to their homes in El Salvador and Guatemala. An exuberant performer, he combines an intricate, self-taught guitar style with a versatile and expressive singing voice.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Owl & Turtle Bookstore, Camden; and Rock City Books & Coffee, Rockland. Tickets also may be reserved in advance, to be held at the door. Tickets are $12 advance and $14 at the door for adults; $6 in advance, $7 at the door for children age 6 through 12; and free for younger children.

Refreshments will be served. For more information or reservations, call 236-9576.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to