The 4th Sunday Damariscotta area Sacred Harp singing, which often takes place in Waldoboro, will be held Sunday, Dec. 26 at the home of Chris Holley and Kathe Pilibosian, 17 Snowball Hill Road, from 2 to 5 p.m. All — with or without shape note singing experience — are most welcome. This is a free participatory event, not a performance.

The singing draws primarily from “The Sacred Harp,” a shape note tunebook that has been in continuous publication with periodic revisions since 1844. The music consists of hymns, fugue-ing tunes, anthems and other songs in a style rooted in Colonial New England, popular in Maine up until the Civil War and in areas of the rural South and West up to the present day.

There will be a potluck supper following the singing so singers are asked to bring a dish to share. Directions are as follows. From downtown Damariscotta, take Rte 130 South 12 miles to the village of New Harbor. After passing the sign for Route 32 on the left, come up the hill into the village. Stay right at the fork and look for Hanna’s General Store on the right; take the right down the hill just before Hanna’s. The house is the first on the right heading down the hill; look for an old white farm house with horses in the field.

For more information, call the hosts at 677-6437 or send e-mail to

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