HAMPSTEAD —It’s the holiday season again and we all need to find a way to sit back, relax and enjoy the spirit in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. On Tues., December 9, the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library will provide just such a break when the English Handbell Choir from the First Congregational Church of Pelham comes to the library. This is a return visit from the group which is back by popular request.

The Choir was founded by Frances Chadwick in 1976 who directed the group until she retired in 1998. It consists of ten members who play about three octaves of bells. They perform for church services and for some outside events.

The current director is Sharon Hone who has been ringing since 1981 and became director in 1998. Bell ringing is a group effort. Sharon compares it to ten people playing one piano. Each ringer is responsible for playing four or more bells which must be played in tempo with all the others.

The English Handbell Choir will play seasonal songs, both religious and secular on December 9. Please join the ringers and the Friends of the Library for this lovely musical welcome to the holiday season at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s second floor meeting room. The room is accessible by either elevator or stairs. Refreshments will be available.

Following the program the Friends will hold their regular monthly business meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend both the free program and the meeting afterwards.

CHOCOLATE RAFFLE - In keeping with the holiday season the new raffle basket is loaded with chocolate of every description. There are cookies, liqueur, candies and other wonderful chocolate goodies the defy description. Tickets for this incredible basket of chocolate are on sale at the front desk of the library at the entirely reasonable price of only $1.00 each or six for $5.00. How many people on your gift list love chocolate? Take a chance on winning this basket and half your shopping will be done in one fell swoop if you win it. The lucky winner will be drawn on December 9, just before the English Handbell Choir program.

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