Christmas Caroling – A Brookland Tradition For over 50 Years – Saturday Night

You never know who might show up! (2011 Caroling Event)
You never know who might show up! (2011 Caroling Event)

I am not sure when the annual tradition began, but for at least 50 years, Brooklanders have organized to serenade friends and neighbors with Christmas carols. I participated in the event in previous years and have had fantastic time and met so many warm, friendly neighbors. If you don’t know a lot of carols by heart, don’t worry, sheet music will be provided. If you don’t sing well, don’t worry, it’s all about the community spirit. This year,  the caroling will take place on Saturday, December 21st. Meet up inside the Rosary House, 1200 Monroe St., at 6:30 PM and be prepared to hit the streets of Brookland around 7:00 PM, caroling as you go. Typically it begins by singing to the firemen at Brookland’s Engine Company 17 Firehouse, and then going down 12th street to sing in a few businesses. There is also caroling around the neighborhood. It is so great to see the looks of happiness, appreciation and surprise on people’s faces as you passed them on the street and when they came out of their houses and businesses. The caroling ends up with a pot luck party at a home near 15th and Otis streets. All are welcome to join in for as long as you want. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will. For more information, contact John Feeley at 202 526 8754.

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