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Last week’s cover of Out & About sported a photo of the 30th anniversary of the Museum of Arts and Sciences Festival of Trees. This on a day when the high temperature was in the mid-80s. What else would we expect from an autumn that’s already been bizarre in the extreme?

One thing is for sure, this being the midstate: We’re going to have abundant entertainment, although much of it will have little to do with jolly old elves, reindeer or even Ebenezer Scrooge. That suits me, living as I do in a home where the Christmas tree goes on Dec. 24th.

In addition to the Festival of Trees, the museum will also be hosting an early holiday event for children Saturday, with three showings of “The Polar Express” to celebrate the opening of this season’s Secret Shop. Other shopping opportunities are also making an early appearance. The Macon Arts Alliance’s 2016 Holiday Gift Shop opened last weekend, complete with gift registry and complimentary gift wrapping.

The Middle Georgia Art Association is not far behind. The annual Holiday Artists’ Market opens Nov. 18. There can be no doubt that original art makes a distinctive gift.

Although we’ll have abundant theater, those who are in search of a traditional Christmas play such as “A Christmas Carol” may have to make the trek to Atlanta. The Alliance Theatre’s production of this holiday classic opens Nov. 25, with the Shakespeare Tavern joining the mix on Dec. 1.

On the midstate stages, we’ll have no sign of the holidays until “The Nutcracker” (winner of one of this year’s Cultural Awards) opens Dec. 7. What we do have is Mercer University’s “She Kills Monsters” at the Tattnall Square Center for the Arts through Nov. 20. This show, said to portray “a young woman’s self-discovery through the lens of Dungeons and Dragons,” also introduces Frani Rollins, the new lighting and scenic director who takes over from the recently retired Marian Zielinski.

At Warner Robins Little Theatre we have no less than the King himself with “Who Killed Elvis?” running through Nov. 19. Elsewhere in Houston County, Perry Players are doing one of the all-time great British farces, “Run for Your Wife,” also through Nov.19.

Saturday only, local playwright Winsphere Jones will present his latest work “Kill Tom Phoolery” at downtown’s Ampersand Guild Hall. Around the corner at the Douglass Theatre, the Macon Film Guild will be showing “Indignation” on Sunday afternoon. Based on Phillip Roth’s novel, this film offers a look at the “oppressive puritanical conformism” of the 1950s.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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