A new era for Peaceful Beginnings brings together Damariscotta Region Open Mic and a Community Sing-A-Long for a by-donation fundraiser for the Inn Along the Way at noon New Year’s Day — Tuesday, Jan. 1 — at MOBIUS, 319 Main St./Business Route 1.

The Inn Along the Way, in partnership with Damariscotta Open Mic, is continuing a Midcoast tradition of musicians and community members gathering together to welcome the first day of the New Year in a safe and welcoming environment. The free, multigenerational, open-to-all community event has taken place for the last five years at Savory Maine, graciously hosted by Savory’s owner Grace Goldberg.

Open mic registration will begin at 11:45 a.m., and festivities begin at noon with open mic performances. At 2 p.m., community members will have the opportunity to do some “Rise Up Singing” during a community sing-along led by local musician and songwriter Sylvia Tavares. Whether you come for the whole afternoon or just for a musical break, bring family members, neighbors and friends; instruments, voices, stories, the “Rise Up Singing Song Book,” talents and dancing shoes — or just enthusiasm and a listening ear. Also consider bringing along leftover holiday treats, sweet and savory, in a holiday basket or tin to share and exchange with others who are welcoming the first day of the New Year in community.

This uplifting and heartwarming New Year’s Day 2019 celebration is being organized by musicians Tavares and John Couch. For questions about open mic participation or the New Peaceful Beginning’s New Year’s Day celebration and IAW fundraiser schedule, contact Tavares at 766-8469 or sylviatarvares502@gmail.com. For more information about the Inn Along the Way — a nonprofit organization in the process of creating a collaborative community offering older adults, and those seeking temporary relief from the responsibilities of caregiving, an environment of support, purpose, and sustainability in a multigenerational and mutually interdependent setting — visit innalongtheway.org or contact Inn founder Sherry Flint at 751-6261 or info@innalongtheway.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.