Brunswick Little Theater presents Barbara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at their new home, 8068 River Road in Southport. Director Debbie Skillman and actress Ryleigh Ingram told us about the play, which runs for only one weekend: this Friday at 7:30 pm, this Saturday at 3pm and 7:30 pm, and this Sunday at 3 pm. For more info visit BrunswickLittleTheatre.com
Tim Koch directs a group of 70 talented and dedicated singers called the Carolina Master Chorale, based in Myrtle Beach. Their holiday concert, "Christmas & Carols and All That Jazz," will be presented twice this weekend: Saturday at 4 pm at Waccamaw High School Auditorium and Sunday at 4 pm at Trinity Church (between 30 and 31st Avenue North on Business Route 17). Tickets are $15, available at CarolinaMasterChorale.com or 843.444.5774.
Cape Fear Literacy Council hosts the second annual 12 Tastes of Christmas, a holiday tasting of fine foods and specialty drinks. The event is Friday, December 12 from 7-10 PM at the Brooklyn Arts Center on North Fourth Street. Tunes will be provided by Chill Bill and humor by Dead Crow Comedy. Tickets are $30 in advance only, available on the website at CFLiteracy.org. My guests were Erin Payne, Outreach Coordinator and Nina Bays Cournoyer, co-organizer (with Katherine Clark) of the event.
Gareth Evans is the Executive Director of the Bellamy Mansion Museum. The Bellamy is partenering with the Burgwin-Wright House and St. James Episcopal Church to host A Christmas Stroll Through the Past. Luminaries will light the way between the three historic sites. There will be holiday decorations, many local choirs singing Christmas music, costumed guides, a petting zoo, refreshments and more. The event is Saturday, December 13 from 4-7 PM. You can drop in any time. If you go to the Bellamy at 4 PM there will be cookie and tree decorating activities for the children.
Patty Proutey's 19-year-old son Joshua was killed in 2012 as he left the Community Arts Center downtown late last night. She has created a non-profit to honor his memory which will provide funding for life-affirming activities for at-risk youth in the hope that "good ultimately can come form Joshua's death." The launch of the non-profit, called Journey4Josh, is this Friday from 6-9 PM at Cape Fear Community College's beautiful new Union Station. Patty will speak, as will District Attorney Ben David.
Ronnie Wise and David Tousignant tell us about Coastal Carolina Christmas, two nights at St. Paul's Episcopal Church that feature two different concerts. On Friday, December 12 The Wilmington Boys Choir makes its official debut along with the choirs of St. Paul's and soloists (Nancy King, Whitney Lanier, Sara Westermark, Bob Workmon and John Callison) performing traditional music of the season. Also featured will be selections from Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Saint-Seans' Christmas Oratorio. A champagne and chocolate reception will follow the performances.
Bill Hamlet is president of the Landfall Foundation, which raises funds to support many non-profits in our area. The foundation just gave out $310,000 in grants last week. The annual Holiday Marketplace is one of the foundation's fundraisers. Co-chair Jessica Schreiber describes the abundance of items on sale. Tickets are $20, available through the website LandfallFoundation.org Your ticket includes hors d'oeuvres, shopping and a chance to help your community. There will be a cash bar.
City Stage Company presents a new musical theatre version of the beloved film A Christmas Story. It opens and runs for three weekends - Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3. Today's guests were director Debra Gillingham and actor Harper Peterson (playing the grown-up Ralphie, who narrates the action). For tickets, call 910.342.0272 or email CityStageCoReservations@gmail.com
The Brunswick Concert Band, made up of a 50 volunteer musicians from teenagers to retirees in their 80s, will give two Autumn Concerts this weekend - on Friday at 7:30 in Hatch Auditorium, Caswell Beach; and on Sunday at 3:00 in Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College. Selections wil include some famous marches, an arrangement of Christmas carols, and Richard Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto. George Bobeck will be conducting, and his wife, Jane Boberg will be the piano soloist.
Cape Fear Chorale presents Musical Morsels: Fall Concert. Board members Jim Glasenapp and Cindy Houck were my guests and told us about the diverse pieces that will be sung, including some patriotic favorites. A portion of the donations received will go to the local non-profit Step Up for Soldiers. The concerts are both at Winter Park Baptist Church; on Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Sunday at 4 PM. For more details visit Cape Fear Chorale.org