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Lawrence Library meets the Renaissance

Courtesy photo/Tina McEvoy

Dec. 18 performance by The Goodlie Companye will delight audiences, benefit community

PEPPERELL — What’s better than a free performance during the holidays to get you in the spirit?

A concert that inspires audiences to give back to their local communities and join the fight against hunger!

The Goodlie Companye will visit the library on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. to perform madrigal and madrigal-style music, engaging in interactive discussions with their audience about the history and customs behind these centuries-old songs, which are sung in not only English but also Latin, German and Italian.

The music, performed in 4-part harmony by singers who don authentic, handmade garb true to the Renaissance style of the middle ages, is a delight for audience of all ages.

But the true heartbeat of the group is that it’s comprised of volunteers who donate their time and talents to stock local food pantries and put food on the tables of those who need some help. As part of the performance, audience members are asked to bring a donation of a nonperishable food or a personal care item for PACH (Pepperell Aid from Community to Home).

“Since the group was founded in 1992, it’s always been about outreach and fighting hunger,” said Div Slomin, a tenor in the group. The group was an outgrowth of a church choir in Worcester that had long had a dedication to charitable efforts. “We all have our respective day jobs but we all do this for the fun of it and because we love what we do.”

“We feel so fortunate to have performers of this caliber come to the Lawrence Library,” said assistant director Tina McEvoy, “We are always looking for ways to support our local community and this performance is a heart-warming way to reach out during what can be a very difficult time for families who are struggling.”

The Lawrence Library is a vivid community center for more than 3,000 families in Pepperell, Mass. The building, dedicated in 1901, was a gift of Charles Farrar Lawrence, who bequeathed the funds for the purchase of the land, design, construction, and the furnishing of the building.

The performance will take place on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 7-8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served with sponsorship provided by the Friends of the Library and Starbucks Coffee of Nashua.

For information, call the library at 978-433-0330 or visit

The Lawrence Library is located at 15 Main St., Pepperell.

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