We may not get much snow around here, but were sure going to be blanketed in a veritable blizzard of holiday entertainment.
Right behind good health (pass the Tofurky, please), family and lots of furry friends, high on my gratitude list is the midstates bounty of quality entertainment.
And it starts soon. November will not even be over before folks are trooping into the Grand Opera House for the first of two performances of A Grand Mercer Christmas, featuring the Townsend School of Musics Mercer Singers and performers from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, and slated to be videotaped for national broadcast.
While tickets are free for both the Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 performances, those for Nov. 30 are almost gone. Call 301-5470.
Several other events also involve Mercer musical talent. Dec. 7-8 will see one of my favorite events, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, presented by Stanley Roberts and the Mercer Singers. Just days later, Mercers David Keith will lead the Choral Society of Middle Georgia and the Mercer Choir in a performance of Handels Messiah in the majestic St. Joseph Catholic Church on Dec. 11.
Two days after that, Keith will lead the Morning Music Clubs Christmas Chorale, an event that once a year assembles some of the finest talent in the area, with Cam Bishop at the organ in Wesleyan Colleges Porter Auditorium. This event is part of the clubs Centennial Celebration, featuring former winners of the clubs scholarships.
And in the midst of this glorious seasonal music, the timeless Nutcracker of Middle Georgia will have opened for six performances at the Grand Opera House.
The area theaters will eventually get into the holiday spirit, too, but there are a few other events to come first. At Wesleyan College, faculty members Robert Fieldsteel and Jan Lewis have written a play that explores the mystical dimensions of love between two young women, scheduled to premiere Thursday. On Dec. 7, the Perry Players will open Southern Hospitality.
Meanwhile, Christmas on stage begins with Meet Me is St. Louis at Theatre Macon beginning Nov. 30, while Miracle on 34th Street opens that same night at Macon Little Theatre, followed by The Little Drummer Boy beginning Dec. 14.
Maybe itll snow.
Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@AvantGuild.com.