Christmas events celebrate the season

Christmas events celebrate the season

Holiday celebrations started this week with the Sounds of the Season concert Tuesday night featuring the Symphonic Band, percussion ensemble and a special appearance by the LaGrange High School wind ensemble.

Joshua Roberts, Director of Bands, said putting the show together was a joy.

“It was so much fun to plan a concert with such great Christmas music,” he said. “Inviting the LaGrange High band was a way to reach out to the community and showcase some of our outstanding young musicians.”

Although not directly related to the holidays, LaGrange College Theatre’s production of “Almost, Maine” continues through the weekend, with shows at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday in Price’s Lab Theater.

The play examines the ups and downs of love within an hour’s time on a winter’s evening in a small town in Maine, according to director Tracy Riggs. To make reservations, call the box office between noon and 4 p.m. weekdays at 706-880-8080.

The Service of Lessons and Carols, considered the traditional beginning of the nativity season by many, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Callaway Auditorium.

Dr. Beth Everett, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, said the annual event will feature music from the Chamber Choir and college’s orchestra, which will include members of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and members of the music faculty.

“While still including traditional selections, the music will include several different styles which will both celebrate and reflect on the importance of the Christmas season,” she said.

The service also will include a “special group” of readers.

“They will include community members as well as representatives of various aspects of our campus life,” she said.

Dr. Everett has partnered with Kim Barber Knoll, Director of the Theatre Arts program, on parts of the service.

“We are adding some new, creative elements that we hope will inspire everyone,” she said.

The Rev. Adam Roberts, Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life, said Lessons and Carols is special for many reasons.

“It’s the college’s annual Christmas gift to the community,” he said. “But more than that, the service showcases the best of what this institution has to offer – everything from outstanding musicians to thoughtful readers. It’s a reminder of how special this college and this town is to have so much to offer everyone.”

Another annual tradition returns Monday with Christmas on the Hill from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the Lewis Library plaza and the Maidee Smith Patio.

Elsa and AnnaWhen Elsa and Anna from the movie “Frozen” made their appearance at last year’s event, the response was unexpected.

“They were almost mobbed,” said Katie Mosley, Director of Student Involvement and Service. “We had no idea that was going to happen, but the princesses handled themselves beautifully and everyone loved them.”

A perennial crowd favorite will be returning this year.

“Of course, Santa and his live reindeer will be here. I’m always asked if the reindeer will be back. I’m not sure we could have it without the reindeer,” she said with a laugh.

Guests can have photos taken with Santa, Elsa and Anna, as well as inside a giant snow globe.

Other activities will include Santa sumo suits, tubing down a “mountain” of real snow, carnival games, letters to Santa, a play area with snow from a snow machine, Pouncer’s Bounce House and holiday crafts, as well as seasonal treats and beverages. Caroling and the tree-lighting ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m.

“This is our gift to the community,” Mosely said. “We always look forward to sharing the holidays with our friends in the area.”

Although not mandatory, there is a suggested $5 cash donation or a canned food item to benefit Our Daily Bread, a soup kitchen created and maintained by LaGrange College students.

For more information, contact Mosley at or call (706) 880-8112.

Cultural Enrichment events


  • Jazz Musicians Workshop, 3 p.m., West Side Recording Studio

In the headlines

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Grant performs in musical at LaGrange – Hartwell Sun, Nov. 3, 2016
Perfect weekend for LaGrange Panthers – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 28, 2016
Pathways, LaGrange College form partnership – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 25, 2016
Panther standout honored – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 25, 2016
Many faces of love found in ‘Almost, Maine’ – LaGrange Daily News, Nov. 21, 2016
LaGrange College appoints Dr. Aubrey to vice president – Valley Times-News, Nov. 18, 2016
Students enjoy opportunity ‘Almost, Maine’ play provides – Valley Times-News, Nov. 22, 2016


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