Community Family Sing
Please join us and sing along!
Wednesday, July 21, 6:30-7:45 pm
Join Carpe Diem Arts for the chance to sing with an extraordinary group of recording artists and song leaders--- celebrating July 4 with American roots music and folk traditions: blues and bluegrass, gospel, spiritual and shape-note songs--plus National Ice Cream Month! Grab a scoop and join us online!
FEATURING.... these award-winning artists & song leaders:
-- Elise Bryant (host)
--Peter and Mary Alice Amidon
--Barry Louis Polisar
--Munit Mesfin (birthday song)
Closing will be a surprise birthday song with our video salute to the July birthday luminaries and the celebrants in the room with us. If you have a July birthday, please send your photo, name and birth date to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on July 16---and we will include you in a birthday video salute.
Invite family and friends from near and far to sing along and share in the event with you. Welcoming all ages!
Please consider a donation in support of our featured artists and programming. Click the DONATE button along the right edge of the webpage or go to www.carpediemarts.org/donate. If you wish to support this program specifically, feel free to designate your donation to Community Family Sing!
Every dollar makes a difference!
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CultureSpot article about the Community Sings
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND OF THE COMMUNITY FAMILY SINGS
Carpe Diem Arts hosted the first Carpe Diem Community Sing on June 21, 2012 at the Historic Silver Spring B&O Train Station, which was once the home of Class Acts Arts (now Artivate).
We later moved the Sings to the Silver Spring Civic Building soon after it opened, since we were also holding our monthly Community Dances there in the Great Hall. (Click HERE for more history/background on Sings.)
Monthly Themes: Cultural Heritage, Holidays & Birthdays!
NEW!! BIRTHDAY SALUTE!! When it is your birthday month, send us your photo, name and birth date to Katie Aboudou: BIRTHDAYS@CarpeDiemArts.org---so you can be part of the birthday video salute on the 21st of your month. Invite family and friends to join in the celebration!
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with songs of Peace, Liberty, and Justice
Celebrating Black History Month with Songs of Hope and Freedom
in the Blues, Gospel and Spiritual tradition
Songs of Love from across the globe for Valentine’s Day
March 21: Spring Equinox
Irish American Heritage Month; Women's History Month; National Reading Month; Music-in-the-Schools Month, International World Puppet Day, International Day for the Elimination of Racism, and Welcoming the Spring (spring equinox).
Arab American Heritage Month; Deaf Awareness Month (March 13-April 15); Environmental Awareness Month/Earth Day.
NOTE: In 2020, we celebrated the eve of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day 2020 with a major online Festival viewed by over 6,000 people.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; Jewish American Heritage Month; Mother's Day, Pete Seeger's Birthday (May 3, 1919).
June 21: Summer Solstice
Caribbean American Heritage Month, Celebration of Juneteenth; Fathers Day; National Accordion Month (!); Pride Month; and the official arrival of summer.
Songs and Rounds from the American tradition in celebration of Independence Day (incl. shape-note, Appalachian folk, blues and bluegrass), plus International Songs from the LPC-Ecole Songbook -- and National Ice Cream Month!
Rhythms, Rhymes & Routines (Back to School)
September 21: Fall Equinox
Hispanic Heritage, African Heritage Month, Harvest and Labor Songs, and the official arrival of Autumn!
German, Italian, Polish American Heritage Month; Global Diversity Awareness Month; National Arts & Humanities Month, Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct 12):
NOTE: Let's work on designating a Ukulele Awareness Month!
Native American Heritage Month; National Adoption Month & Day (Nov 21); World Freedom Day (Nov 9); Thanksgiving (Nov 26): Songs of Gratitude and Grace
December 21: Winter Solstice
Celebration of the Season and Solstice with interfaith singing and caroling in the neighborhood or online (depending on pandemic situation)
POST COVID CRISIS, we will return to our usual location: Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW D.C. (across from Takoma Metro)
Featuring numerous special guest song leaders.
All ages welcome, no experience necessary
Bring refreshments and songs to share if you wish.
Suggested donation $5.
Sign up in advance to lead a song by contacting