ANTIGONISH, N.S. - Celebrate the Christmas Story this Friday (Dec. 14) evening at St. James United Church, as presented by the Antigonish Victorian Order of Nurses (VON).
A Telling of The Christmas Story in Music and Words will go from 7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the Main Street church and feature, amongst its strong lineup of musical entertainment; Emery Van De Wiel (flute), Scott Williams (small Scottish pipes), Martha Palmer (accordion) and Amy Hendricks (violin).
The featured musicians will be joined by a choir from the community singing favourite carols and telling stories “of the Christmas season from old,” promotional material for the event reads.
“This is a first time Christmas event [for us],” board chair Greg Fallon said about VON hosting the event.
“We had a music fundraiser at Pipers’ Pub in June which, we found, raised awareness.”
Fallon noted Palmer is a VON nurse and the idea originated with her.
“She is very musically minded and this Christmas Story idea originated with her,” he said.
“To have an old fashioned Christmas event, with just old instruments played by local musicians and voices in the acoustical atmosphere at St. James Church - what an idea.
“Plus a Christmas cake sale seemed to be a fitting addition to the Christmas theme.”
Fallon said while it’s a first-time event, organizers can envision it becoming an annual Christmas tradition in Antigonish.
“We are trying to raise awareness and the profile of VON locally, by holding such events,” he said, adding, “all proceeds stay local; in Antigonish to help assist in our community programs in both the town and county.”
Refreshments will be follow the show and tickets are available at Antigonish 5 ¢ to $1 Store, Haliburton PharmaChoice, MacKinnon’s Pharmasave, Hawthorne Convenience and the VON office in Antigonish Market Square.
Information about the event can also be obtained by calling 902-863-5700 or 902-863-2547.
“Come and join us for a wonderful evening of seasonal entertainment,” the promotional passage reads.