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12 Days of Christmas … Day 9: ‘The Messiah,’ Blackfriars’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

MessiahBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The central Shenandoah Valley’s ‘Ovation Singers’ and orchestra present Handel’s “Messiah” at 3:00 this afternoon at R. E. Lee High School auditorium in Staunton. Admission is free to this timeless oratorio composed in 1741 and even more popular today than when it was first performed. Directed by Mr. Ray Hoaster of Staunton, guest soloists are Anne Wick Manes, soprano; Becky Fitzgerald, contralto; Brian Holsopple, tenor; Jeff Ryman, tenor; Robert Link Jr., bass. It’s a classic reminder of the reason for the season.

If you are going:

What: Handel’s Messiah
When: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Location: R.E. Lee High School Auditorium
1200 N. Coalter St, Staunton, VA 24401

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5 … Afton’s Bethlehem Village and the greatest story ever told

Bethlehem starBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Imagine a little village that existed long before colorful Christmas lights, reindeer, or Santa Claus. Roman Soldiers walk the streets, Wise Men appear with their camels, shop keepers are going about their everyday lives yet this village is on the brink of something immense, the birth of one who would forever change the course of human history. Experience this village as it really was. Come to Bethlehem and see for yourself the magic and wonder of the first Christmas.

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