Hill: Celebrate with the arts this season

December 20, 2013 

Escape the hustle and bustle and let the local arts spark your Christmas spirit this weekend. Theatre Macon’s second annual Christmas Cabaret features a cast of six midstate musical theater veterans and a live band performing sacred and secular songs in a casual, cabaret-style show. Proceeds from the performance benefit Toys for Tots.

Head south for the final weekend of Perry Players’ production of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told ... and Then Some,” a mash-up of holiday classics with touching and tickling moments alike. Both performances run through Sunday.

If you’re entertaining youngsters, two shows are must-sees. Macon Little Theatre hosts the premiere of “Angels ’R’ Us,” a new holiday musical featuring 23 young performers that is directed by children’s theater miracle-worker, Sylvia Haynie. Tickets are only $5-$10, making it an affordable event for the whole family.

Saturday night, the International City School of Dance presents “The Little Drummer Boy” at the Douglass Theatre. A silent auction of art will take place during intermission as well.

Speaking of art, if you are still shopping for gifts you may find hand-crafted ceramics, paintings, textiles, jewelry, ornaments and more at all price points at local galleries.

Middle Georgia Art Association and Macon Arts Alliance galleries are filled with work by local and regional artists, and both are open regular hours this weekend.

The Arts Alliance is also open tonight until 7.

You may exercise your own creativity at Corks and Canvas tonight at the 567 Center for Renewal. Artist Heatherly Wakefield leads the acrylics painting workshop for all skill levels.

Remember our rich collection of museums as great holiday escapes. The halls of the Hay House, Cannonball House and Fort Hawkins are decked for the holidays and the view of downtown Macon’s Christmas lights from atop the Great Burial Mound at the Ocmulgee National Monument is breathtaking.

The Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Georgia Children’s Museum are great escapes for all ages with year-round rotating exhibits to discover.

Each of these places has an amazing gift shop with uniquely local gift ideas, too.

Contact J. Cindy Hill at jcindyhill@gmail.com.

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