Sing with Us!
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HISTORY AND BACKGROUND OF OUR COMMUNITY FAMILY SINGS
We 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.
In July 2013, Carpe Diem Arts partnered with Washington Revels and began presenting the Community Family Sings at Revels.
As of January 2018, we moved the Carpe Diem-Revels Community Family Sings to our new location, Seekers Church (across from the Takoma Metro) -- for the sake of easier parking and access via public transportation.
The monthly Sings take place on the 21st of each month -- to coincide with the Solstices and Equinoxes, and to make the dates easy to remember! Also so as to have the day of the week rove around to accommodate everyone's busy schedule, at least from time to time.
We celebrate the cultural heritage months (i.e. February: Black History Month; March: Irish Heritage and Women's History; April: Arab-American Heritage; May: Asian Pacific Heritage, Jewish Heritage and Women's History; September/October: Hispanic Heritage; November: Native American Heritage -- plus special holidays (Martin Luther King Day, Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, Earth Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the December holidays.
We usually have a special guest artist and song leader to enhance our celebration of the cultural heritage months.
We also celebrate birthdays each month, complete with candles and cake.
The Sings are welcoming of all ages, and children and adults alike will come with songs to share.
We ask for a donation of $5 or more at the door to help offset the cost of renting the space, refreshments and paper goods, and to provide an honorarium for our guest artists and song leaders.
CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY OR YOUR CHILD'S BIRTHDAY, AN ANNIVERSARY, GRADUATION, OR OTHER SPECIAL OCCASIONS AT THE SING!
We provide the entertainment and refreshments, and all you have to do is invite your friends and family to join you in a memorable shared experience!
Some families have caught on to the fact that the Carpe Diem-Revels Sing is a perfect platform for the celebration of special occasions -- like birthdays, anniversaries -- or just a great excuse to gather together a bunch of friends with whom we never find time enough to get together and enjoy a shared experience. Carpe Diem Arts (with some help from our regular attendees and occasional birthday celebrants) provides the entertainment and refreshments.
Carpe Diem Arts & Washington Revels
FAMILY COMMUNITY SING
Celebrating the Seasons, Heritage Months, and Birthdays on the 21st of every month!
Carpe Diem-Revels Family Community Sing is an opportunity for singers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the experience of singing together in harmony, celebrating diverse cultures and traditions of song.
Time: Held the 21st of every month
- 6:30 pm – Songs, Rounds and Music-Making for All Ages, followed by refreshments, social time and celebration of birthdays each month
NOTE: We will be meeting online until it is deemed safe to return to normal gatherings
If you wish to be in the virtual room with the performers, friends and family, and support our artists during this time of need, please contribute $5 or more. You will then receive the link to the online platform.
Our usual location is 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.
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
Welcoming the Spring / Songs for Gatherings (spring equinox);
Irish Heritage Month: Celebrating Celts & Ceilidhs; Women’s History Month; National Reading Month
NOTE! We are combining the monthly Community Family Sing with our on-line 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Celebration and Call-to-Action. Check it out! CarpeDiemArts.org/Earth-Day
Celebrating Mother's Day and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. See note above re. online access.
June 21: Annual Potluck Picnic & Sing in Celebration of the Summer Solstice. NOTE: Online this year. GOAL FOR JUNE 2021! New location: Jesup Blair Park ~ 900 Jesup Blair Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910, near Montgomery College Takoma Park, off of Georgia Ave. Celebration of Song and Summer Solstice; Caribbean American Heritage Month and National Accordion Month!
Songs and Rounds from the American tradition in celebration of Independence Day (incl. shape-note, Appalachian folk, blues and bluegrass)
National Ice Cream Month!
Rhythms, Rhymes & Routines (Back to School)
September 21: Celebrating the Fall Equinox
Celebrating the Fall Equinox. Hispanic Heritage, African Heritage Month, Harvest and Labor Songs. NOTE! New location (if deemed safe in September) -- Jesup Blair Park, 900 Jesup Blair Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910, near Montgomery College Takoma Park, off of Georgia Ave.
Seasons of Life: Time and Change
Celebrating songs from around the world -- including favorites from the LPC-Ecole Songbook
Songs of Grace and Gratitude for Thanksgiving
American Indian Heritage Month
December 21: Annual Winter Solstice Celebration & Caroling -- in the Seekers neighborhood (Dec 2020)
Celebration of the Season and Solstice
The Carpe Diem! Women’s Song Circle is the sometimes monthly, other time occasional gathering for the pleasure of singing and sharing diverse cultures and traditions of song. We usually meet in Silver Spring or Takoma Park on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in private homes with large living rooms.
We have enjoyed working with many wonderful song leaders including Alison Crockett, Christina Muir, Corinne Ducey and Molly Hickman, Lea Morris, Mairi Rothman, Mary Amato, Monique Griffiths, Riki Schneyer, and Wendy Lanxner.
Our wish list for the future includes: Andrea Jones Blackford, Cate Frazier-Neely, Cathy Fink and/or Marcy Marxer, Chris Noyes, Dawn Avery, Diana Saez, Elise Bryant, Elise Witt, Emma Rothman, Jennifer Armstrong, Joy Ike, Lea Gilmore, Linda Price, Mary Ann Ryan, Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin (Sweater Set), Michele Valeri, Moira Smiley, Peter & Mary Alice Amidon, Rachel Cross, Robin McGalliard Nelson, Suzanna Armstrong Park, the Partridge-Ravitz family, and more. If you would like to receive information about future Women’s Song Circles, please email BusyGraham@carpediemarts.org -- or if you could consider volunteering to help schedule monthly gatherings again, we would love to hear from you!