By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Shrewsbury- The evening of Dec. 23 was beautiful with temperatures in the 40s – perfect for the roughly 300 residents who gathered to sing songs of the Christmas season at the 20th Caroling on the Common. The event, held on the Shrewsbury Common, also featured the Worcester Brass Consort.
Presented by the First Congregational Church’s Arts on the Green program, the community event was sponsored by the Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union.
This year, carolers had the lights on the Town Common, courtesy of the Shrewsbury Town Center Association to help guide them through their song sheets.
“It excites me to know that people in town keep asking, ‘Is there caroling on the common? Is it happening this year?’ There’s a lot of buzz before the event actually even happens – I love it,” Ann Cairns, the event’s chair, said. “I think the town would be very disappointed if this did not happen, so I’m excited to be here!”
Cairns also noted that the church was taking cash donations to benefit the food pantry at St. Anne’s Human Services and Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services.