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Holiday Events in Southwest & Southside Virginia

Here are some of the holiday events in the region. Send yours to [email protected] for possible inclusion.

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Wytheville Concert Series Presents Christmas Concert

The annual Christmas Traditions concert by soprano Leslie Mabe and the Rainier Trio takes place on Saturday 3 December at 7pmapprox at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Wytheville.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted to support the Wytheville Concert Series and the Wytheville Community College Food Bank.

Wytheville Concert Series performances are presented by Wytheville Community College, St. Paul United Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Wytheville Presbyterian Church, WCC Educational Foundation and MacDowell Music Club.

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The Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir is holding two events

The Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir has scheduled two events.

They will be hosting a community sing-along on December 3 from 11:00-12:00 at the Taubman Museum.

The choir will perform at 7:00 p.m. on December 10 at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke County.

Tickets are $23 for adults, $10 for children and are available through tickets.childrenschoir.com.

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Wytheville Community College Concert Band to perform

The Wytheville Community College Concert Band, conducted by Frank Pugh, will present their annual holiday concert on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Legacy Church, 2150 West Ridge Road, Wytheville.

The performance “Merry Melodies and Christmas Cheer” features traditional Christmas music and a special commission composed in memory of Dr. Jack White, Bill Svec and Craig Allison is listed. The tribute “March for a Band So Mighty” was composed by Joshua Alexander Idio, a New Jersey composer, educator, conductor and trumpeter.

The community band began in 1989 when Dr. Jack O. White returned to Wytheville as an associate professor at Wytheville Community College. White recruited many of his former students from his days as band director at George Wythe High School to form the WCC Concert Band. The band remained under White’s management until 1998, when Bill Svec, another former GWHS band director and local WYVE radio host, took over the baton. Svec managed the band for another 15 years before retiring in 2013. Allison was a founding member of the WCC band and was also a local WYVE radio host. Allison performed for the George Wythe High School Marching Band, conducted by White, during his high school years. Allison also hosted the WCC Concert Band’s performances for many years prior to his death in February 2021.

Since its inception, the Wytheville Community College Concert Band has consisted of parishioners, college students and gifted high school students from across the WCC service region. Frank Pugh, now in his ninth year as director of the WCC Concert Band, graduated from George Wythe High School in 1987 and has served as band director at Fort Chiswell High School and Middle School for the past 26 years.

The concert is free, but donations to the WCC Concert Band are gladly accepted to help cover band costs.

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Danville Institute hosts wreath event

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville will be hosting “Wreaths for a Cause” this holiday season and is inviting the public to attend the open house, which will feature a live silent auction of wreaths. Tickets are $10 each, with proceeds going to the United Way of Danville & Pittsylvania County. Proceeds from the wreaths benefit the charity nominated by each participating organization.

The open day will take place on December 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the atrium of the IALR. Hors d’oeuvres and a bar are available. Austin Scher of the Danville Otterbots will serve as master of ceremonies and Rita Smith of River City Auction will serve as wreath auctioneer. A 7:15pm draw will award a local business gift card package (currently worth $250); Individuals must be present to win. Open House tickets can be purchased in advance from IALR Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm or at the box office.

Local businesses and organizations make wreaths in the atrium of the IALR in honor of their chosen charities to raise funds in the form of votes or donations. The public can visit the IALR Atrium from 28 Nov to 12 Dec. 15 from 8am-5pm to vote for wreaths with a donation and enjoy the festive presentation. Each charity keeps these funds, and the wreath/charity that raises the most money before the open house gets a $1,000 bonus. At the open house, a random drawing of all wreaths will award an additional $1,000 and $500 to a participating charity.

Decorating the Wreaths sponsors include Dewberry, JTI, Goodyear, Wilkins and Co., FCS, Riverside Roof Truss and Caesars Virginia.

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Gingerbread Festival in Salem announces date and rules

The Lebkuchen Festival in Salem will take place on December 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entries can be previewed at the Salem Museum beginning November 29.

Admission is free. More information: https://s-rcchamber.org/gingerbread-festival/

Rules of the Gingerbread House Contest

  • Your creation doesn’t have to be a house.
  • There are categories for home bakers of all ages as well as a category for professional chefs. Prizes and an audience prize are awarded in each category.
  • Each entry must ONLY consist of edible materials. Creations that contain non-edible building materials are NOT eligible for awards.
  • For a firm dough recipe, google “gingerbread textured dough recipe” such as https://www.seriouseats.com/construction-gingerbread-recipe. You can omit the vanilla and spices and substitute crisco for the butter to make the project more economical.
  • Base cannot be larger than 20″ x 20″.
  • Submissions must be received by April 22-23. or 25.-26. November between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Museum Salem. Entries can be picked up after 2pm on December 3rd and must be picked up by December 10th. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
  • The Salem Museum is not liable for collapses or other damage to the gingerbread creations.
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Wreath laying at Virginia Veterans Cemetery

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services will hold holiday wreath-laying services on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the three Virginia State Veterans Cemeteries: Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia, Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin, and Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk.

At Virginia Veterans Cemetery (Amelia), The annual wreath-laying ceremony is scheduled for 12 p.m. in collaboration with the Virginia Veterans Cemetery Wreath Committee, other community partners and Wreaths Across America. There will be a special program with speakers and patriotic music. At the end of the program, volunteers will lay a wreath at each grave site. There is some parking available at the cemetery – as many vehicles as possible will be accommodated. Participants are strongly advised to carpool. The cemetery is located at 10300 Pridesville Road, Amelia Court House.

At the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery (Dublin) The annual wreath-laying ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. in cooperation with the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery Volunteers and other community partners. There will be a special program with speakers and patriotic music. At the end of the program, volunteers will lay a wreath at each grave site. Parking is at Dublin Lions Club (100 Lions Club Road, Dublin VA 24084) with shuttle bus service to the cemetery. The shuttle bus service starts at 12:00. There is no parking at the cemetery unless pre-approved. For more information, visit www.swvavcv.org. The cemetery is located at 5550 Bagging Plant Road, Dublin.

At the Albert G Horton, Jr Memorial Veterans Cemetery (Suffolk), the annual wreath-laying ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 am in conjunction with the Horton Wreath Society and other community partners. There will be a special program with speakers and patriotic music. At the end of the program, volunteers will lay a wreath at each grave site. Parking is at Kings Fork High School (351 Kings Fork Road, Suffolk VA 2) with shuttle bus service to the cemetery. The shuttle service starts at 7am. There is no parking at the cemetery unless pre-approved. For more information, visit www.hortonwreathsociety.org. The cemetery is at 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk.

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