Caroling in Old Greenbelt
Every year on a night before Christmas, a group of singers get together and go from one GHI court to another singing Christmas carols.
The carolers gather at the New Deal Café, and here Paul Downs starts the evening by reading from The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Before setting out, twenty carolers and a Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) pose for a group photo in front of the New Deal Café.
They start singing right away.
Some have brought special lights for reading in the dark.
They walk under Crescent Road to go to GHI homes along Ridge Road.
Their first stop
The carolers are invited into the living room to sing.
Paul Downs carry four battery packs for these lights.
They stop by another house on Ridge Road.
Cynthia Newcomer (right) started this caroling group four or five years ago. She corresponds with the singers and receives requests from residents to sing at their homes.
The singers look at their notes outside of Green Ridge House.
They sing inside Green Ridge House for three residents in the lobby.
From Green Ridge House, the carolers walk north and are invited into another home on Ridge Road.
The host has prepared hot cider with rum.
34 Ridge Road
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Good King Wenceslas
36 Ridge Road
Two residents are delighted to see the carolers.
The carolers are invited into the home of Amethyst Dwyer (top).
They sing in the living room.
The host has prepared plenty of cookies.
And hot cider and egg nog.
The group walks north on Ridge Road and sings at Plateau Place.
The carolers started at the New Deal Café at 7 p.m. and by then had been walking and singing for two hours. I had to go but the singers continued on Plateau Place. Walking south on Ridge Road, I could hear them singing.