Here are some of the festive events across the region. Send yours for possible inclusion to [email protected]
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Wytheville Concert Series presents the holiday concert
Soprano Leslie Mabe and the Rainier Trio will host the annual Christmas Traditions concert on Saturday, December 3 at 7:00pmrd at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Wytheville.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the Wytheville Concert Series and the Wytheville Community College Food Bank.
Wytheville Concert Series performances are presented by Wytheville Community College, St. Paul United Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Wytheville Presbyterian Church, WCC Educational Foundation, and the MacDowell Music Club.
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The Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir holds two events
The Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir hosted two events.
He will be hosting a community sing along at the Taubman Museum on December 3 from 11am to noon.
The choir will perform December 10 at 7:00 pm at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke County.
Tickets are $23 for adults, $10 for children and are available at tickets.childrenschoir.com.
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The Wytheville Community College Concert Band will perform
The Wytheville Community College Concert Band, under the direction of Frank Pugh, will present its annual holiday concert on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at Legacy Church, 2150 West Ridge Road, Wytheville.
The performance, “Merry Melodies and Christmas Cheer,” features traditional holiday music and includes a special commissioned musical composition presented in memory of Dr. Jack White, Bill Svec and Craig Allison. The tribute, “March for a Band So Mighty,” was composed by Joshua Alexander Idio, a New Jersey composer, educator, conductor, and trumpeter.
The community band began in 1989 when Dr. Jack O. White returned to Wytheville as an adjunct professor at Wytheville Community College. White recruited many of his former students from his days as bandmaster at George Wythe High School to form the WCC Concert Band. The band remained under White’s management until 1998, when Bill Svec, another former GWHS bandleader and local WYVE radio host, took over. Svec led the band for another 15 years before retiring in 2013. Allison was a founding member of the band WCC and was also a local WYVE radio host. Allison performed during his high school years for the George Wythe High School Marching Band under the direction of White. Allison also performed in WCC Concert Band performances for many years before his death in February 2021.
Since its inception, the Wytheville Community College Concert band has been made up of community members, college students, and gifted high school students from throughout the WCC’s service region. Frank Pugh, now in his ninth year as Director of the WCC Concert Band, is a 1987 graduate of George Wythe High School and has served as Band Director at Fort Chiswell High School and Middle School for the past 26 years.
The concert is free, but donations to the WCC Concert Band are welcome to help defray the costs of the band.
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The Danville Institute is holding a wreath event
Danville’s Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will be holding “Wreaths for a Cause” this holiday season and will invite the public to attend the Open House, which will feature a live silent auction of wreaths. Tickets cost $10 each with proceeds going to the United Way of Danville and Pittsylvania County. Funds from the wreaths will benefit the charity designated by each participating organization.
The Open House will be held in the IALR Atrium on 15th December from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Appetizers and an ATM will be provided. Austin Scher of the Danville Otterbots will serve as master of ceremonies and Rita Smith of River City Auction will serve as wreath auctioneer. A 7:15pm drawing will award a pack of gift cards from local businesses (currently worth $250); individuals must be present to win. Tickets for the Open House can be purchased in advance from IALR Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, or on the evening of the event.
Area businesses and organizations create and display wreaths in the IALR lobby honoring selected charities to raise funds in the form of votes or donations. The public can visit the IALR concourse from 28 November to 28 December. 15 from 8am to 5pm to vote for garlands with a donation and to enjoy the festive entertainment. Each charity holds those funds, and the garland/charity that raises the most money before Open House will receive a $1,000 bonus. At Open House, a random drawing of all wreaths will award an additional $1,000 and $500 to a participating charity.
“Decorating the Wreaths” sponsors include Dewberry, JTI, Goodyear, Wilkins and Co., FCS, Riverside Roof Truss, and Caesars Virginia.
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The Gingerbread Festival in Salem announces date, rules
Gingerbread Festival in Salem will be Dec. 3 from 10am to 2pm Enries can premiere starting Nov. 29 at the Salem Museum.
Admission is free. For more information: https://s-rcchamber.org/gingerbread-festival/
Gingerbread House Contest Rules
- Your creation doesn’t have to be a home.
- There are categories for amateur bakers of all ages, as well as a category for professional chefs. Prizes will be awarded in each category, as well as a People’s Choice Award.
- Each entry must be constructed with edible materials ONLY. Crafts that include non-edible building materials will NOT be eligible for rewards.
- For a solid dough recipe, google “structural gingerbread dough recipe” like https://www.seriouseats.com/construction-gingerbread-recipe. You can skip the vanilla and spices and substitute Crisco for the butter to make the project more economical.
- Base cannot be larger than 20″ x 20″
- Entries must be turned in to the Salem Museum on November 22-23 or November 25-26 between 10am and 4pm. Entries can be collected after 2.00pm on 3rd December and must be collected by 10th December. The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day.
- The Salem Museum is not responsible for collapses or other damage to gingerbread creations.
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Wreath-laying in Virginia Veterans’ Cemeteries
On Saturday, December 17, 2022, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services will hold wreath-laying events at Virginia’s three state veterans’ cemeteries: Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia, Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin, and Albert G. Horton, Jr. Suffolk Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
At the Virginia Veterans Cemetery (Amelia), the annual wreath-laying ceremony is scheduled for 12:00 in partnership with the Virginia Veterans Cemetery Wreath Committee, other community partners, and Wreaths Across America. There will be a special program with speakers and patriotic music. At the end of the program, volunteers will lay a wreath on each grave. Some parking spaces are available at the cemetery: as many vehicles as possible will be accommodated. Participants are strongly encouraged to carpool. The cemetery is located at 10300 Pridesville Road, Amelia Court House.
At Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery (Dublin), the annual wreath-laying ceremony is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in partnership with volunteers from the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery and other community partners. There will be a special program with speakers and patriotic music. At the end of the program, volunteers will lay a wreath on each grave. Parking is at the Dublin Lions Club (100 Lions Club Road, Dublin VA 24084) with shuttle bus service to the cemetery. The shuttle bus service starts at 00:00. It is not possible to park at the cemetery unless previously authorized. More information available at www.swvavcv.org. The cemetery is located at 5550 Bagging Plant Road, Dublin.
At Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery (Suffolk), the annual wreath-laying ceremony is scheduled for 9:30am in partnership with the Horton Wreath Society and other community partners. There will be a special program with speakers and patriotic music. At the end of the program, volunteers will lay a wreath on each grave. Parking is at Kings Fork High School (351 Kings Fork Road, Suffolk VA 2) with shuttle bus service to the cemetery. The shuttle service starts at 7:00. It is not possible to park at the cemetery unless previously authorized. More information is available at www.hortonwreathsociety.org. The cemetery is located at 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk.