Christmas events Theatre productions, Festival of Trees, Community Chorus concert, Santa on the chimmey

Dec. 01, 2012 @ 05:05 AM

SPINDALE — Three theatre productions; a Festival of Trees, a free concert by the Rutherford Community Chorus and a visit from Santa and tree lighting ceremony in Chimney Rock are among Christmas events beginning Tuesday, Dec. 4, The Littlest Angel, presented by the Children's Theatre of Charlotte's Tarradiddle Players, will be on stage Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. and at 12 p.m. at the Foundation, Isothermal Community College. Dramatized by Patricia Gray, the play is based on the story by Charles Tazewell, and is returning to the Foundation by popular demand.Tickets, $5 per seat; call the box office: 286-9990; box office open Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Community Chorus in Concert December 6

FOREST CITY — The Rutherford County Community Chorus has a rich tradition of singing Handel’s Messiah in alternate years. This year, the chorus has expanded its programing to offer a concert every year during the Christmas Season.

On Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Forest City, under the collaborative leadership of Diane Nelson and Tony Spencer, the Chorus will present "An Advent Carol Concert." The Sanctuary Handbell Choir of First Baptist Church will also be featured.

The concert is based on two choral traditions, one in America and the other in England. In England, carol services such as this abound as communities hail the beginning of Advent where audiences enjoy the singing of familiar carols from the Oxford collection with organ and brass accompaniment. An American choral treasure is the St. Olaf Choir College Christmas Festival. Broadcast on public radio and television from Minnesota, it is the longest running such program in the nation. One of the truly memorable moments in choral music is the close of that program when the choir surrounds the audience and sings F. Melius Christiansen’s Beautiful Savior. The concert in Forest City will conclude with this moving rendition, said Spencer.

Free admission.

Hospice Festival of Trees

FOREST CITY — The 16th annual Festival of Trees at Hopsice of Rutherford County will be held Dec. 6. at Hospice facility on Hudlow Road in Forest City from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The event is  an annual fundraiser to assist Hospice in serving patients with life-limiting illness regardless of ability to pay and provide grief counseling at no cost for anyone in the community.

Hospice began the Festival of Trees event 16 years ago to give people an end-of-year giving opportunity and a way to honor and remember loved ones during the holiday. The average donation per ornament has traditionally been $20 per ornament. 

The ornaments will be placed on trees at the Carolina Event and Conference Center for the Festival celebration Thursday and donors are invited to take the ornaments home at the event.

 For more information or to purchase an ornament, call 245-0095.

Santa on the chimney and in the Village

CHIMNEY ROCK —Santa Claus is celebrating his 20th anniversary of climbing down the chimney at Chimney Rock, beginning Saturday, Dec. 8.

He will practice climbing down the chimney — more than 1,000 feet above Hickory Nut Gorge — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 and 15, weather permitting.

He will descend from the top of Chimney Rock about every 30-45 minutes, and between climbs he’ll be available for photo opportunities. Kids are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and meet Mrs. Claus, snack on holiday cookies and hot cocoa and engage in kids’ activities.

“For twenty years now, families have come to watch Santa prepare for his big night by practicing on the Chimney. Santa insists on practicing to make sure every child wakes up with presents on Christmas morning,” said Matt Popowski, PR and Events Manager, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. “It’s a fun, memorable way to kick off your holiday traditions. Come for a chance to win a free climb with Santa’s helpers.”

On Dec. 8, live holiday music will be provided by Joe Collins, award-winning vocalist, songwriter and national champion mountain dulcimer player.

Performing on Dec. 15 will be John Mason, who has toured the Southeast for 30 years playing the hammered dulcimer and is the Park’s featured musician.

A State Park Ranger will be talking with guests about what deer and other mammals are doing during the holiday season. The display will be near the Cliff Dwellers. The event is sponsored by Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village.

After Santa’s big climb on the Chimney Dec. 8, he'll visit children in Chimney Rock Village from 5-7 p.m. during a "meet and greet" event. There will also be caroling on the street, a bake sale and tree lighting ceremony at the Gathering Place during the 5-7 p.m. event. Shops in the Village will stay open late for holiday shopping.

"A Hillbilly Christmas" at Green River

FOREST CITY — Rutherford Community Theatre and CEO/Artistic Director, Les Beale, announces its cast for its upcoming Christmas production, “A Hillbilly Christmas Carol,” by LeRoma Eshbach Greth.

It will performed will also be performed at the Green River Plantation’s Christmas Dinner Theater on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and Dec. 15.

Dinner for both performances will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by the show at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $25 per person for both dinner and show. Reservations are required.Call 286-1461 for tickets and directions.

A Christmas Carol coming to Foundation

SPINDALE — When Charles Dickens wrote his “ghostly little tale” in 1843, he couldn’t know that A Christmas Carol was destined to become one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all time.

A performance of A Christmas Carl will be Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Foundation, Isothermal Community College.

Tickets are $20, $25; youth $6.For tickets or information, call the Box Office: 286-9990;  Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.