By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
Estill County celebrated the start of the holiday season with Light Up Rivertown two weeks ago. It will continue this weekend with a parade, children’s party, yuletide event and seasonal music concert.
The festive weekend begins Friday night when the Estill County Community Chorus along with the Estill Jazz Ensemble will be in concert at the Irvine United Methodist Church. The performance begins at 7 p.m.
The Jazz Ensemble will play selections of holiday favorites which may include “O Christmas Tree,” “O Holy Night,” “Jazz to the World,” and “Silent Night.” The group will be under the direction of Jason Bowles and his assistant Ben Walker who will play along on flugelhorn and piano.
The ensemble consists of 22 student members and includes saxophone, trombone, baritone, trumpets, drums, flutes and clarinets. It was formed three years ago and has played in several events including two USO type shows.
The Estill County Community Chorus has been around for three years and is directed by Lynne Parks. Their performance will include such well loved selections as Mark Lowry’s “Mary, Did You Know?” It will also feature many spiritual and classic Christmas carols and some light hearted numbers such as the Grinch.
The chorus will repeat their performance Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. also at the church. Admission to the concerts is free.
“This is a group of people that represent the talent in Estill County,” Parks said. We have just begun to scratch the service (of the talent). There should be more artistic endeavors to showcase local talent.”
“We want to be involved in the educational system and we want students to maintain the musical arts in their hometown. We want to be a musical outlet of enjoyment for those interested in the musical arts.”
Santa Claus is coming to town
Saturday morning Santa Claus is expected to arrive during the Irvine-Ravenna Kiwanis Club Parade at 10 a.m.
Floats and fire trucks will gather on Main Street in Ravenna and travel the wrong way on Broadway to the Irvine First Christian Church in Irvine to the Elizabeth Witt Christmas Party.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children in the basement of the church where the children will receive a wrapped, age appropriate gift. Mrs. Witt began giving the party 29 years ago and wanted each child to have a gift to open.
The children will also receive carmel corn, a Christmas necklace, a book, chocolate milk and other goodies.
A committee of local people has kept up the tradition since Mrs. Witt’s death.
Estill Arts Council Christmas Celebration
The annual Estill Arts Christmas Celebration will be Saturday at the Estill County Schools Central Office on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be arts and crafts and live musical entertainment. There will also be a silent auction and a 50/50 pot.
Admission is $1 for adults and children under 12 are free.
This is the sixth annual event and features something for everyone.
Homemakers Christmas House Tour
Sunday at 2 p.m. is the Estill County Homemakers Extension Christmas House Tour and the participants are dressing up their homes in style to show their Christmas spirit.
Three private homes are on the tour. Myra Finney and Raymond and Lena Neikirk, both of Main Street and Lowell and Lucy Flanary of Shelton Lane. The Burgman House Bed and Breakfast on Main Street is the only business on the tour.
Admission is $5. The weekend wraps up with the encore of the Estill Community Chorus Concert at 3 p.m. This is a good way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Hope to see you there!