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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Christmas events in Rabun County, Northeast Georgia

Friday, Nov. 27

Sunday, Dec. 6

County, Northeast Georgia Friday, Nov. 27 Sunday, Dec. 6 Kids and parades go together like Santa

Kids and parades go together like Santa Claus and Christmas.

parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Wash- ington Street and West Llewellyn Streets in Clarkesville. From that point, the parade will follow Washington Street and end on the Square. Parade entries will be judged and winners will be announced on Monday, Dec. 7. Following the parade will be a lighting of the Christ- mas Tree, carolers and downtown shopping. Santa Claus will be available for visits and photos in the Historic Mauldin House located at 458 Jefferson Street. For more information, contact Lane Gresham at (706)754-2220.

Towns County, Ga. It's that time of year again. Christmas will be here be- fore we know it and that means the Sheriff's Christmas Parade, "A Georgia Mountain Christmas," to benefit the Sheriff's Empty Stocking Fund for underprivileged and

needy children in the community. The parade is at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28. The route will begin in the top parking lots of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, and line up will begin at 4 p.m. The sheriff's office is asking for each entry to bring a new unwrapped toy for the Empty Stocking Toy Drive. All parade entries must be well lit. Children under the age of 18 need to be super- vised by an adult. For more information, call (706)896-

4444.

— Christmas in Downtown Clayton, Ga. Join in an

old-fashioned Christmas tradition for the entire family. Come shop downtown Clayton in the evening and enjoy getting in the spirit of Christmas on Friday, Nov. 27 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The night of fun includes a visit with Santa Claus, caroling, music and luminaries. Merchants will offer special sales, door prizes and free refreshments.

— The 18th annual Christmas Tour of Homes, spon-

sored by the Rabun County Board of Realtors, begins at 11 a.m. and continues to 4 p.m. The homes and business on the tour are located in the south end of the county in Lakemont. Proceeds from ticket sales and auctioned items go to the Rabun United Christmas Fund, which helps the less fortunate in the county. For more informa- tion, call (706)782-7751.

Friday, Dec. 4

Saturday, Dec. 12

— The Holiday Shopping Extravaganza and Festival

of Trees will be at the Rabun County Civic Center on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. The center is located on W. Savannah Street in downtown Clayton, Ga. Find gifts for every- one on your list, even the hard to buy for. Buy from a se-

lection of kitchen items, jewelry, candles, handmade crafts, pottery, home accessories and cro- chet items. Conces- sions will be provided and you can enter to win door prizes. Christ- mas trees beauti- fully decorated by local merchants will be auctioned off to benefit FAITH (Fighting Abuse In The Home), a local charity. Children and pets can also have their pictures taken with Santa. — “Celebrate

Christmas” in Tallu- lah Falls at the Town Hall on Main Street, Friday at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share, Christmas carols around a bonfire, visit with Santa Claus and watch the lighting of the floating tree on Tallulah Lake.

— The Dillard Lighting of the Tree and Festivities will

be held at 6 p.m. on the fairgrounds at Dillard City Hall in Dillard, Ga. Bring your families and enjoy Christmas festivities in Dillard. Lighting of the community Christ- mas Tree, food and refreshments, and Santa will make an appearance for the kids. Bring cameras and mingle for a while. Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be available if the weather permits.

— The Rabun County Christmas Parade will begin at

5 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Clayton, Ga. This year’s theme is “Christmas in the Mountains.” The pa- rade route begins on South Main Street and winds through historic downtown Clayton before ending at Ramey Boulevard. Emcees Kathy Blalock and Ron Bar- den, along with four judges, will be at the grandstands in front of the Rock House

Park, where the awards will be given out. Rabun Youth, a local after school pro- gram, will have sev- eral concessions set up along the route, selling hot and cold bever- ages, hot dogs and snacks. Of particular note to Macon County residents, the Franklin High School March- ing Panther Regiment will participate in the Clayton parade. For

more information, call the Rabun chamber at (706)782-

4812.

more information, call the Rabun chamber at (706)782- 4812. Saturday, Dec. 19 — “Because it’s Christmas,”

Saturday, Dec. 19

— “Because it’s Christmas,” hosted by the Georgia

Mountain Laurel magazine, is a celebration of art and music to benefit Richard’s Kids, a nonprofit organiza-

tion which brings toys to less fortunate children in the county. The event is at the

Rearden Theater, Rabun Gap- Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap, Ga. Music will be provided by local and regional musicians. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Call (706)982-9197 or (706)782- 1608 for more information.

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on Saturday, Dec. 5, with hot mulled wine and Ap- palachian Christmas fiddling. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with music from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 19, enjoy Christmas chocolates paired with Tiger Mountain Cabernet Franc and Tiger Mountain Norton, both dry wines with deep berry and

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— The North Georgia Community Players will pres-

ent the musical comedy “Nuncrackers,” a sequel to “Nunsense.” The play, a nostalgic look at growing up Catholic in Hoboken, N.J., will surely make you laugh. The play is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. It stars the nuns you love, plus Fa- ther Virgil, and four of Mount Saint Helen’s most tal- ented students. Featuring all new songs including “Twelve Days Prior to Christmas,” “Santa Ain’'t Com- in’ to Our House,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are Us” and “It’s Better to Give than to Receive,” this show is filled with typical Nunsense humor, some of your fa- vorite carols, and a “Secret Santa” audience participa- tion. Show dates are Dec. 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13. The Dillard Playhouse is located in the old Dillard School in Dillard, Ga., next to the famous Dillard House restaurant. For more information, call Sue at (706)782-0343.

Habersham County, Ga. Habersham’s annual pa- rade takes place in Clarkesville this year, as Clarkesville and Cornelia take turns hosting the event. The parade takes place on December 5 at 5 p.m. This year's theme is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. In addition to depicting scenes from the beloved circa 1822 Clement C. Moore poem, the theme may be inter- preted in many other ways. Examples include tree decorating, holiday dinners, attending wor- ship service, exchanging gifts, caroling, etc. Santa will make a special appear- ance in the final float. The

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

N.C. Symphony to play Dec. 11 holiday concert at WCU

CULLOWHEE – The North Carolina Symphony will get the season started with a concert of holiday pops at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. In this return perform- ance, the symphony will play a holiday-themed program of classical and pop selections including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas” and a Christmas favorites sing- along among many others. Jeffrey Pollock will con- duct and soprano Rozlyn Sorrell will perform. Prior to the show, sym- phony members will host

an “instrument zoo” in the FAPAC lobby, where children ages 5 and older can learn about a mix of instruments including the clar- inet, flute, trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin and viola. The zoo will also feature Cherokee instruments. “These are among the finest musicians in North Car- olina,” said Paul Lormand, FAPAC director. “This is an opportunity for people in our communities to expe- rience symphonic music from these wonderful, pro- fessional musicians without having to drive a great distance.” The holiday pops concert is the sixth installment of the Galaxy of Stars 2009-10 season. Next up are “The Clown Princes,” scenes and music from classic silent

Clown Princes,” scenes and music from classic silent Greet the holidays with a concert from the

Greet the holidays with a concert from the North Carolina Symphony on Friday, Dec. 11, at Western Carolina University.

films, performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, on Sunday, Jan. 31; and Tom Mullica’s tribute to Red Skelton, on Sunday, Feb. 14. Symphony tickets cost $25 for the general public; $20 for WCU faculty and staff and people 60 years and older; and $5 for students ages 5 and older. To purchase tickets, visit the FAPAC box office or call the box office at (828) 227-2479 for Visa and Master- Card orders. To order online, go to www.ticketreturn.com and select “need tickets” on the left-hand side. Select the “arts & entertainment” tab, and then find “FAPAC events” under the “Western Carolina University” heading.

Holiday events at WCU

December 2-4 CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University will host activities ranging from storytelling to pictures with Santa Claus for WCU and the sur- rounding community during the second annual “Holiday in the UC” at A.K. Hinds University Center from Dec. 2-4. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 3, there will be a build-a-holiday character activity for $7 per character, holiday arts and crafts, and pictures with Santa. From 6 to 10 p.m., the holiday comedies “Elf” and “A Christ- mas Story” will be screened at the UC Theater. On Thursday, Dec. 3, “The Santa Claus” will be shown at 6 p.m. followed by “Fred Claus” at 8 p.m. Admission is $2 per person and includes popcorn and a drink. On Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., there will be ice skating in the Coulter parking lot. Admis- sion cost is $2 for children and $4 for adults. Also on Dec. 3 will be horse-drawn carriage rides for $2 per person. A free showing of “This Christmas” is on Fri- day, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. on the UC lawn.

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All proceeds from “Holiday in the UC” benefit the American Red Cross and Community Table. For more infor- mation, call (828) 227-7206 or visit ucholiday.wcu.edu.

December 4-5 Madrigal Christmas Dinners Madrigal Christmas Dinners, a tradi- tion at Western Carolina University since 1970, will be held Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. The dinners are re-cre- ations of the pageantry, music and food of 16th-cen- tury England, with authentic madrigal entertainment and costumes. This year, the din- ner menus will feature a choice of three entrees: a grilled pork loin chop sea-

soned with bourbon-apple glaze, honey citrus-glazed Cornish hen, or a vegetarian

plate featuring a stuffed portabella mushroom. Accompaniments include traditional wassail, hearts of Romaine salad with sugared pecans and dried cranberries with a balsamic vinaigrette, roasted garlic mashed new potatoes, honey cin- namon-glazed carrots, plum pudding, rolls, tea, water and coffee. The programs begin at 6:30 p.m., and all patrons must be seated by 6:25 p.m. Tables will seat eight patrons each. Tickets are $18 for WCU students and $30 for all others. Tickets may be purchased at the administrative offices on the second floor of the Hinds Uni- versity Center, or by calling (828) 227- 7206. Ticket desk hours are 9 a.m. until noon and 1 until 4 p.m. weekdays. Tele- phone reservations must be paid by credit card. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. All sales

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December 6 “Sounds of the Season” Concert Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present its annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the concert hall of WCU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

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Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will be a part of this year’s “Sounds of the Season” concert Dec. 6 at WCU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The School of Music’s primary schol- arship fundraiser each year, the concert will feature performances by WCU’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Con- cert Choir, University Chorus, Early Music Ensemble, Musical Theatre Singers and Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet. Also this year, the university groups will be joined by an honors chil- dren’s choir composed of elementary school students from throughout Jack- son County. Santa will make an appear- ance, and WCU faculty member Steve Carlisle will provide a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” accompa- nied by the Wind Ensemble. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for sen- iors 60 and over and WCU faculty and staff, and $5 for children and students. For more information, contact the School of Music at (828) 227-7242.

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