To the Editor: What marvelous sounds filled the First Congregational Church on Wednesday, December 19! As has been the custom for several years, the Manchester Historical Society sponsored a free concert for the community. Centered around the Tall Spire Ringers, the Church's handbell choir, the program included the Church's Chancel Choir, the Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble, cellist Jared Shapiro, Ruth Woodard on flute, and the narration of Sue Pierce. This evening of holiday music was enjoyed by approximately 200 people, as the church pews were filled.

Thank you to all who performed: Your talents gave pleasure to many that night. A special nod of gratitude goes to Lynn Welsh, the handbell choir's director, as she is retiring after 30 years of leading the group. The evening brought so many of us together and helped us to conclude the year with joy.

The Historical Society looks forward to continuing to provide engaging and educational programs in 2013. Please check our website for future offerings at

Sally Treat Secretary, Manchester Historical Society