Sunday, December 18, 2011

Prez. Hall Carolers Tour Downtown Wellfleet

Two dozen Wellfleetians gathered yesterday evening at Prez. Hall for Wellfleet’s first foray into caroling in quite a while, organized by Tracy and Swede Plaut. Everyone was dressed warmly although the temperature had not yet dropped. Jingle bells were tested, songbooks handed out, lanterns lit. All that was missing were the snowflakes to make the holiday picture complete. The mood was joyous as folks arrived with offerings for the Pond Hill School potluck supper later on. Sally Hay, the youngest member of the caroling party, couldn’t wait for the gaiety to begin, nestled close to her mom’s bosom in a Baby Bjorn. Outside, the group practiced, at my request, starting with a rousing Deck the Halls, the appropriate choice without a doubt. Then it was off, down Main Street, two by two.

“Where will we sing?” someone asked.

“Any house that has a human being,” replied Swede, above left.

The first stop was the liquor store. At certain destinations, the carolers were greeted with cookies and hot cider, as well as holiday cheer. Not everyone was fortunate enough to receive a serenade, but town historian Helen Purcell was on the list. She was thrilled.

Do you enjoy caroling? Will you join the carolers next year?