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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Holiday season is here, and the Bulletin’s Accent Department has baked a guide to sweet holiday events in Martinsville and Henry County. Grab a mug of hot chocolate and your calendar, sit back and plan your family’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Happy holidays!
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will return to Martinsville for the annual Holiday Pops Spectacular on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Martinsville High School auditorium. The concert is part of Piedmont Arts’ On Stage series.
The production will feature timeless classics and new holiday favorites, including the symphony’s brand new sing-a-long. Broadway star Joy Lynn Matthews-Jacobs will join the symphony. Matthews-Jacobs has graced the stages of stellar productions across the U.S. and beyond, including “Oklahoma,” “Menopause The Musical” and “Ain’t Misbehavin.’”
Piedmont Arts will collect canned goods for Grace Network during the performance. Lobby doors will open at 6 p.m. for donations. The show will start at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for reserved seats, $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are on sale at Piedmont Arts, 215 Starling Ave., and online at www.piedmontarts.org.
• The Reynolds Homestead will host “Victorian Christmas — Holiday and Classical Pops” with the Rainier Trio and guest soprano Leslie Mabe on Tuesday and Wednesday. They will perform a mix of movie tunes and Christmas favorites, including “Lara’s Theme,” “Nutcracker Suite” and “Ave Maria.”
The R.J. Reynolds homeplace will be decorated in Victorian splendor. The house will be open for viewing at 5:30 p.m., and the performance will begin at 7. Reservations are requested. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students.
• The Reynolds Homestead will present “Holidaze!,” a Victorian Christmas concert, with Suzanne and Jim Hale at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8. The Hales will present Victoriana in song, costume, the history of old traditions and unique instruments. Also, the True Life Travelers will perform. Admission costs $12 for adults and $6 for students.
Martinsville Public Schools Glee Club will present “Platinum Classics: A Musical Revue” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Martinsville High School auditorium. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door.
First Baptist Church of Bassett will present The Singing Christmas Tree, choir and orchestra, performing “Silent Night, Holy Night” at 7 p.m. Dec. 13-15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 15. The choir of 40 and the 25-piece orchestra include people from several other churches. The choir director is Darrell Snead, and the orchestra director is Carlton Wilkes.
• Friendly Worship Center, Virginia 87, Ridgeway, will present “Sounds of the Seasons” at 11 a.m. today.
• Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church will hold a family night Christmas music service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
• The Chancel Choir and Sanctuary Ringers of First Presbyterian Church, with violinist Virginia King and flautist Lynn Pritchett, will present a program of Christmas music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The church is located at 1901 Patrick Henry Ave.
• The Martinsville Bell Ringers, led by Robert Chapman, will hold a Christmas concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church.
• The Fieldale United Methodist Church handbell choir will perform Christmas selections during the 11 a.m. service Dec. 15.
• The Mark Dubbeld family of Gretna will present a program of Christmas singing and celebration at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Sanville Assembly of God.
• Broad Street Christian Church will have “A Feast Of Carols” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 — the Twelfth Day of Christmas. The program, which celebrates Epiphany, will include carols, choirs and the Majestic organ. Robert Chapman is the choir director.
• Fieldale Baptist Church will present “Gather at the Manger” during the service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. The cantata challenges people to look at their relationship with Jesus in a new light, according to a press release. A light lunch will follow the service.
• Smith Memorial United Methodist Church, corner of John Redd Boulevard and Daniels Creek Road, will present the cantata “Bethlehem Morning” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in conjunction with the Giving Tree service.
• McCabe Memorial Baptist Church’s adult choir will present its Christmas cantata “Bethlehem Morning” during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 15.
• High Ridge Baptist Church’s music ministry will present “Go Tell It On The Mountain” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The Sunday school Christmas play also will be presented then.
• The Fieldale United Methodist Church choir will perform the Christmas cantata “Love Transcending” during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 22.
• First Baptist Church of Ridgeway will have the cantata “Christ Was Born For This” during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 22. Norma Witt is the music director.
• Villa Heights Baptist Church, 150 Corse Ave., will present “Behold Emmanuel, Love Is With Us!” during the 11 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 22.
• Chatham Heights Baptist Church’s Sanctuary Choir will present the cantata “Bethlehem’s Child” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. The Rev. David Cameron is the director, and Robbie Bailey will accompany.
• Friendly Worship Service will present the cantata “Old Christmas Favorites” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.
• McCabe Memorial Baptist Church’s New Life Singers will present a short cantata during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 22.
The Christmas tree in uptown Martinsville, in front of the city municipal building, will be lit at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Children will provide music. The tree lighting will be followed by the First Friday Art Walk and a Christmas discussion at the former courthouse.
Henry County Parks and Recreation is holding its Fifth Annual Christmas Lights Contest. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 11, and all lights and decorations must be in place by Dec. 12. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive trophies and prize packages. The contest is open to homes in Martinsville and Henry County, and the cost to register is $10. For more information, contact the department at 634-4640.
The Patrick County Christmas Parade will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in uptown Stuart.
The Bassett Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Bassett.
First Baptist Church, 23 Starling Ave., Martinsville, will host “Richard’s Dinner,” a community Christmas dinner, beginning at 10 a.m. Christmas Day in the fellowship hall. To help with costs, send a donation to Grace Network, P.O. Box 3902, Martinsville, Va., 24115-3902. On the subject line, write “community Christmas dinner.” To volunteer, call Scott Norman at 732-3422.
Stuart holiday events
The town of Stuart will have “Hometown Christmas” all day Saturday, Dec. 7.
Stuart United Methodist Church will hold a holiday bazaar from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Mistletoe Market at the Stuart Farmers Market will be held from noon to 3 p.m. with crafts, wreaths, baked goods, soaps, hot cider and mistletoe for sale.
Stuart Baptist Church will have a concert of its handbell choir before the Patrick County Christmas Parade, which will be held at 4 p.m. in uptown Stuart. For information on the parade, call Galen Gilbert at 694-4342.
A tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Stuart Farmers Market. Area businesses will have special holiday activities that day as well.
• Grace Baptist Church, Ridgeway, will have a live Nativity and free community dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The dinner will be served in the fellowship hall, and the Nativity will be on the church’s front lawn. • McCabe Memorial Baptist Church, 107 Clearview Drive, will have a live Nativity scene from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, Saturday, Dec. 21, and Monday, Dec. 23.
MHC Historical Society ‘Christmas Past’
The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society will host “Christmas Past” from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday in the former Henry County courthouse. Several Christmas trees will be decorated, and a history of how Christmas has been celebrated throughout the years will be presented. Refreshments will be served.
The Rock Spring Plantation at Reynolds Homestead will have a free open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Costumed guides will lead visitors through the home, which will be decorated in Victorian style. Hot apple cider and old-fashioned Christmas cookies will be served, and visitors may make Victorian cards or ornaments.
The Bassett Community Market will host a Christmas bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 in the former Bassett train depot. Homemade baked goods, preserves, handmade crafts, food and live music will be offered. Anyone interested in participating may do so free; call Matt Davis at 629-9450 to reserve a spot.
.... and pets: The SPCA will hold a photo session for pets to pose with Santa Claus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Prices will be $10 for 4- by 5-inch portraits and $15 for 5- by 7-inch portraits. Call 638-7297 to make an appointment.
.... at breakfast: McCabe Memorial Baptist Church’s youth department will host Breakfast with Santa from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the church fellowship hall.
Children may have breakfast with Santa Claus from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Chatham Heights Baptist Church in the fellowship hall.
.... by mail: Children may receive a personalized letter from Santa’s workshop, with the assistance of Henry County Parks and Recreation (HCPR). Registration forms are distributed through Henry County schools and are available at the HCPR office. Call 634-4640 for more information.
Senior holiday tea
The Martinsville Senior Center will sponsor its annual holiday tea at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the center, 21 Moss St., Martinsville.
‘A Victorian Christmas’
Bible Baptist Conference Center will have “A Victorian Christmas” from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. It will feature costumed Victorian carolers, a live Nativity, Christmas lights and displays of miniature Christmas villages and train sets. Cookies, hot cider, hot chocolate and coffee will be served. The church is located at 358 Spring Drive, Collinsville.
‘The Polar Express’
“The Polar Express” Kids’ Pajama Party at Reynolds Homestead will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Children may wear pajamas to this event, at which dinner will be served. The movie “The Polar Express” will be shown. It is based on the Caldecott medal-winning children’s book by Chris Van Alsburg about a boy who anxiously awaits Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. As the boy finally nods off, a thunderous roar awakens him — the Polar Express, bound for the North Pole. Children also will write letters to Santa Claus. Reservations are required. The cost is $8 per person.
“Muppet Christmas Carol” will be the featured movie, and a Christmas dinner will be served, on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Reynolds Homestead. The classic holiday meal will feature turkey, rice, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans and carrot cake; it will be served at 6 p.m. The dinner will cost $14 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and younger, and reservations are required. The movie is a comical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The movie is free and will start at 7 p.m.
Henry County Parks and Recreation will hold a craft class with a Christmas theme for children from 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at the Henry County Administration Building. The cost is $5. Register by calling 634-4640.
‘The Santa Beacon’
Dr. Graham Gardner will give a reading and book signing of his book “The Santa Beacon” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at the former Henry County courthouse. The book is about a little girl wondering if Santa Claus will be able to find her when she spends Christmas Eve with her grandparents. Gardner, a Richmond orthodontist, grew up in Martinsville.
Gifts will be wrapped for free at Grace Baptist Church from 7-10 p.m. Friday and 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Go to the church’s office complex (the office building across from Drewry Mason Elementary School).
• The Fieldale United Methodist Church children’s Christmas play will be performed during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 8.
• The Children’s Choir and First Hand Experience Puppet Team of First United Methodist Church will perform “The Case of The Reluctant Innkeeper” during the church’s 11 a.m. service Dec. 8. The 25-minute musical features children and puppets. The church is located at 146 E. Main St., Martinsville.
• Fort Trial Baptist Church, 170 Oak Level Road, Stanleytown, will present the Christmas drama “The Christmas Shoes” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
• Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church will present the play “Merry Christmas, No Matter What” and dinner on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14. Dinner will start at 6 p.m., and the play will begin at 7. Reservations are required; call 673-1181 or 252-2759 to get tickets.
• Friendly Worship Center will present the Christmas play “Christmas with Love” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
• Fairystone Baptist Church, 82 Fairystone Church Loop, Stuart, will present “Miracles of Love” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
• Morning Star Holy Church will have a Christmas program at 6 p.m. Dec. 15.
• Chatham Heights Baptist Church will have its children’s choir program “The Light Before Christmas” and Missions Finale at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the fellowship hall.
• Freedom Baptist Church, 790 Irisburg Road, will present “A Man From Bethlehem That Changes Lives!” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. The show will include live animals.
• Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will have the Christmas program “It Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.
• Christ Episcopal Church’s children’s Christmas pageant will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated.
• Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church will have the program “Gifts Fit For A King” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.
• New Life in Christ Church, 843 Stella Loop, Spencer, will host a Christmas program and variety show at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. It will include worship, a game show, door prizes and holiday snacks.
• Shiloh Way of the Cross Church of Christ of the Apostolic Doctrine will have a Christmas program and reception at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.
• Mount Vernon Baptist Church will have a children’s program at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22.
TODAY, Dec. 1
• Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church will have a family Christmas dinner after the 11 a.m. worship service.
• Broad Street Christian Church will have a Hanging of the Greens service at 11 a.m.
• First United Methodist Church, 146 E. Main St., Martinsville, will have a traditional Hanging of the Greens service at 5 p.m.
• Grace Baptist Church, 6432 Greensboro Road, Ridgeway, will have a Hanging of the Greens service at 6 p.m.
• Mount Vernon Baptist Church will have Hanging of the Greens at 6:30 p.m.
• Chatham Heights Baptist Church, 1235 Chatham Road, will begin a series of Advent services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The services will continue on Dec. 8, 15 and 22.
SUNDAY, Dec. 8
• Morning Star Holy Church will have a candlelight service at 6 p.m.
SUNDAY, Dec. 15
• Christ Episcopal Church, 311 E. Main St., will have Advent lessons, Christmas carols and Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.
SUNDAY, Dec. 22
• Shiloh Way of the Cross Church of Christ of the Apostolic Doctrine, 938 Brookdale St., will have a Christmas service at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 22.
• McCabe Memorial Baptist Church will have a candlelight service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.
MONDAY, Dec. 23
• Mount Vernon Baptist Church will have a candlelight service at 5 p.m.
Christmas Eve, Dec. 24
• Christ Episcopal Church will hold three services. The one at 10:30 a.m. will feature Christmas carols with organ and harpsichord by organist and choirmaster Ronald Butts Boehmer and the Saint Christopher Choir. A family service at 5 p.m. will have the singing of Christmas hymns and candlelight. Another candlelight service will be held at 11 p.m. with Holy Eucharist.
• Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.
• Villa Heights Baptist Church will hold a candlelight and Communion service at 5 p.m.
• Chatham Heights Baptist Church will have a service at 5 p.m.
• Fontaine Baptist Church will have a Communion service at 5:30 p.m.
• Fieldale United Methodist Church will host a candlelight service, with Holy Communion, at 7 p.m.
• Broad Street Christian Church will have a service at 7 p.m.
• First United Methodist Church will have two services: 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Both will have candlelight and Communion.
• Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a candlelight Communion service of carols at 7 p.m. with a potluck reception afterward.
• Smith Memorial United Methodist Church will hold a candlelight Communion service at 9 p.m.
Christmas Day, Dec. 25
• Morning Star Holy Church will have a Christmas Day worship service at 11 a.m. Dec. 25.
New Year’s Eve, Jan. 1
• Shiloh Way of the Cross Church of Christ of the Apostolic Doctrine will have a New Year’s Eve service at 10 p.m.
• Morning Star Holy Church will have a New Year’s Watch Night Service at 10:30 p.m.
Fieldale United Methodist Church, 36 Patrick Ave., Fieldale, will have a Blue Christmas service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. This is a reflective service for people who may not feel like celebrating during the Christmas season. Tom Durrance is the pastor.
‘Christmas with Elvis’ in North Carolina
Henry County Parks & Recreation (HCPR) is sponsoring a bus trip to the matinee of “Christmas with Elvis” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the T. Austin Finch Auditorium in Thomasville, N.C. The show will feature Stephen Freeman and his Echos of a Legend Showband and The Stamps Quartet Tribute.
Before the concert, the group will visit the Bob Timberlake Gallery and other attractions.
The price of $79 per person includes: round trip bus transportation, a visit to Bob Timberlake Gallery and other attractions, ticket to the matinee performance of “Christmas with Elvis” and a tour host.
Passengers can board the bus at the WalMart, 976 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville.
For more information, call 634-4637 or (540) 366-2888.
‘New Year’s Eve Show’ in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
The Henry County Parks and Recreation will sponsor a bus trip to spend New Year’s Eve in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Tuesday, Dec. 31, through Wednesday, Jan. 1.
On Tuesday, the group will stop at Russell Stover Outlet in Kodak, Tenn., visit Vanity Fair and then see the live bears at Three Bears General Store. At dark, they will take the Christmas Lights Tour of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
From 10 p.m. to midnight, the group will attend the New Year’s Eve Show at Country Tonite. The first half of the show will be highlights of the regular season show and the second half will be about Christmas. At midnight there will be a balloon drop while the cast sings Auld Lang Syne.
After breakfast Wednesday, the group will spend time in Gatlinburg. People will have a chance to visit attractions, shop and have lunch on their own before heading back home.
Prices range from $219 to $279 and include round trip motorcoach transportation, admission to listed attractions, New Year’s Eve show at Country Tonite, one night’s lodging and a tour host. Passengers can board the bus at the WalMart in Martinsville if there are enough people from the Martinsville area. For more information, call 634-4645 or (540) 366-2888.