The first monthly evening of shape note singing of the year is set for Monday, Jan. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the First Church Fellowship Hall. The church is between Court and Church streets, and the hall entrance is on Spring Street.

This energetic four-part unaccompanied community singing, dating from Colonial New England, is also known as Sacred Harp singing.  The singing is open to all, at no cost, and newcomers are most welcome. Books will be available for loan and purchase.

A shape note singing is not a performance, but rather an opportunity to sing for enjoyment and bring historical music alive. For more information, call 338-1265 or 594-5743.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.