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Firehouse Band makes a Joyful Noise, sing-alongs, too!

LITTLETON — Join the Littleton community for Make a Joyful Noise! Gala, featuring the Firehouse Band in concert on Saturday, at 7 p.m., First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., in Littleton. A champagne celebration and dessert extravaganza will follow American contemporary folk music with a touch of country, including a few sing-alongs.

Families are welcomed at a special price of $45 for two adults and any number of children. Adult admission is $20. Purchase tickets at

“We invite the community to join in our celebration of one of the area’s landmark buildings, site of the town’s original church in 1772,” said Susan Tordella of Ayer. Proceeds will benefit a capital campaign.

“The last major renovations were in 1961 with construction of a Sunday school wing. Now it’s time for a new roof and boiler. New sound absorbing tiles in the downstairs dining have dramatically improved the acoustics there,” Tordella said.

The church hosts a variety of outside activities that are free and open to the public, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, SANS – See a New Sun for suicide prevention, Codependents Anonymous, Men’s Group, Women’s Alliance, Healing Conversations, Our Aging Parents support group, and a variety of social justice events. A Wednesday night yoga class is offered there. FCU provided a home for My School, a cooperative preschool from 1974-2013.

“FCU’s tradition is to make our building available for all kinds of uses for the public for spiritual, mental, and physical well-being as well as to enhance peace and justice in the world. Every building needs a new roof and a new boiler every now and then, and that requires the big bucks,” said Melissa Baern of Westford, one of the Gala’s organizers. “This event is a fun way to kick off our capital campaign,” she added.

“FCU is part of who we are, and we are looking forward to performing in our home venue,” said Semple, leader of the Firehouse Band and producer of the Firehouse Coffeehouse at FCU from 1995-2015.

“Many professional musicians have commented on the warm environment and excellent acoustics in our sanctuary,” he added. The Firehouse Coffeehouse, named for the fire station across the street from the church, featured many famous folk artists, often spiked with fire engine sirens.

The Jan. 30 gala will be a team effort by members of the congregation. “Local music and incredible desserts, with a chocolate fountain, can be had for the price of admission. We want families and music fans to come mingle with friends, enjoy the Firehouse Band, while raising money to keep the building going for people to enjoy in coming generations,” Baern said.

The Gala will kick off First Church Unitarian’s Renew-Restore-Reach Out capital campaign, to raise $200,000 to improve the 1841 structure, the third building on the church site. For information, contact the church office at 978-846-3044, by email, and at

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