GALLIPOLIS — December is finally here and Christmas is fast approaching.
The John Gee Black Historical Center will continue its tradition of a Christmas program to kick off the holiday season. Elaine Armstrong has planned and old-fashioned program to be held Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the center on 47 Pine Street in Gallipolis. The program will consist of George Gilmore reciting “The Party,” music selections by Rev. Calvin Minnis and Rev. Christian and Linae Scott, a reading by Glenn Miller and Jennifer Griffin will direct the Providence Bell Choir. Norris Hogan will exhibit traditional, hand-made toys for children to get an appreciation of what playing was like before batteries were required. Refreshments will be served following the program.
The Ohio Valley Symphony will be hosting its yearly Christmas Show Saturday evening with a pre-performance conversation with Ohio University’s Associate Professor of Instrumental Conducting Steven Huang at 6:45 p.m. before the symphony takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre in downtown Gallipolis. The symphony will play traditional holiday favorites such as “What Child is This” and “Sleigh Ride” as well as reveal who is chosen as this year’s Maestro for a Moment.
The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College School of Arts and Letters will present the Grand Chorale’s annual fall performance this Thursday, December 1, in the Berry Fine & Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. This year’s fall concert, “100 Years of Broadway,” will pay tribute to both new and old classics from hit Broadway musicals. The Grande Chorale will perform renditions of songs such as “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “My Favorite Things,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “Defying Gravity,” “Greased Lightnin’,” and many more. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the School of Arts and Letters at 740-245-7254.
Operation Dear Hero is back underway. Last year, 1st Sgt. Don Walker and his wife Jennifer Walker worked with the American Red Cross to send roughly 1,000 cards gathered from the community to active service members overseas. This year, the pair are collecting holiday cards for local service members. With the help of VFW Post 4464, the Walkers will hand deliver cards and visit with local service members to brighten the holiday of local veterans. Those volunteering cards are asked to remember to thank veterans for their service as well as wish them a merry Christmas. Cards can be collected at Gallia Academy Middle School or sent to Ratliff Pool Center through Friday, Dec. 2.
Finally, the Gallipolis Christmas Parade takes off at 1 p.m., this Saturday with Santa Claus.