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Area holiday happenings in abundant supply

‘Tis the season to be jolly,’ means so much more than shopping and rushing to “get to Christmas.” And nothing seems to touch the spirit more than music and children – both in abundant supply throughout the Christmas season.
Looking for those activities that will truly bring the Christmas spirit to your family? There are many. While your children are writing their letters to Santa, be sure to get out and attend some of the musical programs and holiday events that will be ongoing through Christmas.
On Wednesday, Dec. 10, attend the Ernie Haase and the Signature Sound Live concert at the Richmond First Baptist Church, located at 306 West Main. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Visit Santa in the parlor at the Ray County Museum, 901 West Royle in Richmond, on Thursday, Dec. 11. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. as the museum welcomes the public to a Christmas Open House. Enjoy dinner at the Eagleton Center nearby. If you manage your time well, that evening you can attend the first grade Christmas program at the Farris Theatre in Richmond.
Saturday will be a big day. There is plenty to do.
Saturday events start at 9 a.m. with Santa at the Ray County Courthouse in Richmond. Look for the jolly old man in the red suit sitting next to the Christmas tree in the main lobby of the courthouse. His mailbox will be on the southwest corner of the courthouse lawn – a special delivery service for those Santa letters. Don’t forget to have your picture taken with Santa for $5, which includes a craft project to do.
As The Daily News receives letters from school children and churches, let the sweet children know that their letters will be delivered to that mailbox so he can take them when he leaves at noon.
At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the River City Players will present “Vinnie the Christmas Kitten,” at the Trails Regional Library, 1008 Main Street in Lexington. The play is free and open to the public.
At 7 p.m. that evening, the Pisgah Baptist Church will present “Once Upon a Holy Night, the Story of God’s Promise,” a Christmas pageant by the Sanctuary Choir. This event is also free and open to the public. The church is located 1/5 mile east of Excelsior Springs on Highway 10. This pageant will be presented again on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 10:15 a.m.
After attending the church of your choice on Sunday morning, slip on over to the Farris Theatre at 2 p.m. for the “Sounds of Christmas in Richmond.” Many musicians will present a variety of Christmas music for your enjoyment. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Ray County Community Arts Association and Friends of the Farris.
On Monday night, at 7 p.m., the Little Spartans and Adventure Club students will hold their Christmas program at the Richmond Middle School. At the same time, the Richmond Middle School Choir will be performing at the Farris Theatre.
The third grade students from Sunrise Elementary will present their Christmas concert on Tuesday. Two performances are scheduled; one at 1:45 p.m. at Sunrise and an evening performance at 7 p.m at the Farris Theatre.
The Richmond High School Christmas Vocal Concert will be presented at the Farris Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Dec. 18.
On Friday evening at 6 p.m. Santa will be visiting at the Orrick Lion’s Club. Bring the children and enjoy Christmas treats.
Be sure to check the Community Calendar as Christmas is a time of need for many. Donations are welcome and appreciated at many of these events.
Many schools dismiss students for Christmas vacation on Friday, Dec. 19. Please be extra careful as you are out and about this Christmas season. Watch for additional activity as children will be playing and people will be traveling.
Get out among your neighbors and friends and enjoy the music, the laughter and don’t forget to connect with the reason for the season.

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