It may still be November, but one glance at this weekends entertainment calendar will erase all doubt: The holiday season is officially here.
Tonight marks the opening of Miracle on 34th Street, a musical adaptation of the popular holiday movie at Macon Little Theatre. Sylvia Haynie and Laura Voss direct this classic tale.
Meanwhile, downtown on Cherry Street, Theatre Macon is opening another popular musical, Meet Me in Saint Louis, which contains the number Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Around the corner on Mulberry Street, A Grand Mercer Christmas is scheduled to run Friday and Saturday nights. Conducted by Stanley Roberts and featuring the Mercer Singers and students and faculty from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, including Amy Moretti, the event will be recorded for national broadcast.
This event should bring some much-deserved attention to Macon as a hotbed of music. I confess that on my way home from the Thanksgiving holiday I was astonished when I picked up a copy of the 192-page Georgia Travel Guide. In spite of a cover story urging me to Come along on all-access music tour of Georgia, there was precious little mention of Macon. It looks like we are about to start doing much better.
The Grand Opera House will host another holiday-essential event beginning Dec. 12. For six performances, the Nutcracker of Middle Georgia will transform the stage of the Grand into the 1892 parlor of the Silberhaus family home.
Even before that happy event, the Grand will host Catch Me If You Can as part of its Broadway Series. Also in a non-holiday vein, Wesleyan College is currently producing an original work conceived and directed by Jan Lewis, A Point in the Heart.
Art and architecture
Theres nothing like original art to provide a gift that wont be duplicated, and our local artists are happy to oblige.
The Macon Mud Holiday Sale runs today through Sunday in Payne City, while Art at the Cabin is set for Saturday and Sunday at Forest Hill Road and Overlook Avenue.
Perhaps Macons greatest single asset is its architectural heritage, and thanks to the Intown Macon Neighborhood Association -- whose residents care for these jewels -- 10 handsome specimens will be open for viewing on the Christmas Tour of Homes to be held Dec. 8-9.
Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@AvantGuild.com.