The festivities begin at 6 pm with a brief and merry Friends of Music membership meeting. Folks can sign up on the spot and participate in voting for the upcoming year’s board of trustees, as well as symbolically ratify the current board’s actions in the fiscal year just ending.
This half-hour gathering leads at 6:30 pm to an all-community potluck created by those who have come to break bread together. Hors d’oeuvres, salads, side dishes, and entrées of all kinds make for an eclectic, often multinational meal. An assortment of warm-weather beverages is supplied. Desserts are reserved for a post-concert reception.
At 7:30 the diners, and others coming just for the music, converge on the church’s sanctuary for an hourlong concert. This year, three performing groups are on the musical menu, including the WhatAreWeDoingThis Four, a barbershop-style quartet; Honest Harmony, a quartet who will perform Renaissance madrigals and drinking songs; and the Guilford Chamber Singers, a 10-member group performing a variety of part-songs and four works being premiered at this event.
The public is invited to attend one, two or all three of the evening’s “menu” items. Guilford Community Church, which is handicap accessible, is at 38 Church Drive in the Algiers village. Pass the Guilford Country Store on Route 5 heading south, take the first left on Bee Barn Road. and another left on Church Drive.
Admission is free, with donations encouraged. For information call (802) 254-3600, email email@example.com, or visit www.fomag.org.