by Lisa Tome
Tom Connelly is a little worried about Rising Sun's annual Carol Sing.
Less than two weeks before the event, Connelly hadn't heard a thing about it.
"I don't know who is in charge of it now. As of Sunday, the Lions Club, who organizes the food for it, hasn't heard a word. But I'm never in on that part of it," said Connelly, who has served as the song leader for the event for years.
One thing is for sure, for almost a half century the event has been held for years and should be set for Tuesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. in downtown Rising Sun's Center Square.
It's always been held the first Tuesday in December since it was moved to town. "We're not sure who is taking the lead on this. It used to be that the girl in the town office (town hall) had a folder and she took care of it. They've had turnover in staff. It's just slower getting off the ground than normal," said Connelly. "I'll get on the phone and try to nail some of this down. Coordination has been lacking but I'll get this done."
"I'm also doing double duty. I'm checking to see if the church hall is available," said Connelly. And it may be needed. Due to weather the last few years, the sing was moved indoors to the Janes United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Sing has to happen. But there's things that haven't been done.”
Connelly explained that responsibility for hosting the event has changed hands over the years. It began as an outreach of Hilltop Morning Cheer. Later, oversight shifted to the then Rising Sun Business Association. The Lions Club has provided treats for years. "It's changed over the years," he said. But the basic premise, friends and neighbors singing Christmas songs together, hasn't.
Connelly said whether any formal planning comes to pass, he's ready for the event anyway.
"If we don't have candy canes and Santa doesn't show up, I'll still stand out and sing carols with whoever shows up," said Connelly. "We need to hold on to the Carol Sing. It's an anchor, something you can count on."