“Have a merry Christmas. Have a merry Christmas. I’m going to hibernate all Christmas, so I take this opportunity to say … “
Well, it’s not exactly Christmas yet, but there are definitely some upcoming events that have a Christmas theme.
Two events that I previewed in my last two columns are taking place this weekend, starting with the annual Georgia College vacation concert.
On Friday, December 3, there will be a host of beautiful holiday favorites to get you in the spirit of the season starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Auditorium.
This event will also be broadcast live on facebook.com/GCMusicDepartment.
The entire music department will come together for this uplifting holiday tradition – with the Max Noah Singers, a women’s ensemble, a jazz band, a wind symphony, an orchestra, a college choir, the men’s quartet, the jazz combo and the saxophone quartet.
Although there is no admission fee, free tickets are required. For free tickets, go to: www.bigtickets.com/e/gcsu-department-of-music/holidayconcert/
You can also call 478-445-8289 for more information.
Although admission is free, donations are strongly encouraged to help support scholarships for music students.
These concerts are always popular, so I suggest booking these tickets in advance.
Then, over the next two days, on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, GMC’s fine arts program will present a very unique take on the classic Shakespearean comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
The delightful director Amy Zipperer staged this piece against a backdrop of the 1920s. So, sort of imagine jazz-age versions of Bottom, Hermia and, of course, Puck.
Some of the foreplay photos I’ve seen are definitely different from what most people would probably envision for a Shakespeare play. And also very entertaining!
The Saturday show starts at 7 p.m. while on Sunday the Athenians and forest fairies will start their antics at 2 p.m.
All performances take place at the Goldstein Center on the GMC campus. Tickets are just a fin (also known as $ 5) and can be purchased in advance by going to www.showtix4u.com/events/15506.
So why not spend a weekend full of live entertainment and go to both music and theater? I say check them out.
Finally, I would also like to highlight the Lockerly in Lights event which has already started.
The folks at Lockerly Arboretum started last year during the pandemic shutdown. But if it turned out so popular that they brought it back.
Lockerly in Lights takes customers through a winter wonderland filled with shimmering lights and festive joie de vivre.
And just in case you’re unfamiliar with Lockerly Arboretum, these lovely lighted grounds are located at 1534 Irwinton Road. It’s actually quite hard to miss!
Lockerly in Lights kicked off on November 20 and will run every Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until December 18.
The cost is $ 10 per car and they only take checks or cash.
I like the idea of $ 10 per car. It’s a bit of a throwback to my youth and going to see drive-ins!
The opening lyrics are taken from a Little Golden album I had as a kid. Well, I still have it actually. Yogi Bear sings “A Hap-Hap-Happy Christmas”. Nothing specific to do with any event mentioned – unless the GC Music Department includes a Yogi Bear song in their holiday concert! But some of my childhood Christmas records have only come to my mind lately.
And it’s that time of year.
“… Have a merry Christmas.” Have a merry Christmas. I hope your stockings are full of goodies, and if you’ve been good, Santa Claus should come your way.
Take you on the other side of the coin.
—Tom Toney can be contacted at [email protected] .