Community Sing-Along Fills Park With Joy


Fountain Park was full of smiling faces and singing voices Sunday, Dec. 16 as the Chester Valley Ministers’ Association presented a sing-along. Christmas Carols and Holiday songs were the order of the day.

The Rev. James Van de Wal stands at the podium as members of sponsoring groups lead the singing

The Rev. James Van de Wal, president of the CVMA, acted as master of ceremonies. Pianist Phil Dutton provided accompaniment, and representatives of sponsoring organizations came to the stage to lead singing. Sponsors included The Chestertown Spy, The Peoples Bank, Kent County Arts Council, Tidewater Trader, The Kent County News, WCTR Radio, Kent Printing, the Town of Chestertown and JBK Hardware.

While there was a touch of snow still on the ground from Friday, the weather was comfortably warm. The organizers provided colorful booklets with words and music to songs. In addition to Christmas favorites, the book included songs for Hannukah and Kwanza.

Van de Wal, in a letter of thanks to the Chestertown Spy, said the CVMA received donations at the event and additional pledges sufficient to cover expenses and to make a generous addition to the organization’s Good Neighbor Fund, which provides one-time payments to residents in need of help with rent, bills, and other emergency financial assistance.

Caroling around the fountain

Cantor Gary Schiff leads the crowd in “I Have a Little, Dreidel,” a Hanukkah song.

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