A cast of local performers will bring the Christmas story to life this weekend with a performance of “Rejoice!” at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are still available for all of the performances, Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 and 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger, and group pricing is available.
“‘Rejoice!’ is a musical celebration honoring the incredible journey of Joseph and Mary through the birth of their Christ child,” said author and director Ron Stacker Thompson. “It’s a wonderful mix of drama and music that not only gives the audience something important to think about, but lifts their spirits to the highest. It should not be missed, especially at this time of year!”
The Yadkin Arts Council also will be having its annual Christmas on the Plaza event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in conjunction with the annual Christmas parade, as well as a Breakfast with Santa fundraiser event benefiting Relay for Life on Dec. 17. For additional details, visit www.yadkinarts.com or call 336-679-2941.
Yadkinville’s tree lighting ceremony is slated for 6 p.m. on Friday at the Yadkinville town park. Refreshments will be available and performances of holiday music.
The annual Christmas Parade organized by the Yadkinville Fire Department will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The Boonville Business and Downtown Development Association, Inc. will host its annual Small Town Christmas event on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
“Gather your family and friends and enjoy an afternoon of holiday activities in downtown Boonville. Begin your afternoon by shopping local at Boonville’s downtown businesses as you listen to holiday music and grab a cup of hot chocolate. From 2 to 5 p.m., bring the kids to see Santa and have their pictures made by the Christmas tree. Then get ready for the Reindeer Dash at 4:30 p.m. An unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots is all you need to enter the race. Beginning at Boonville Elementary School, the race will end at the Christmas tree in the center of town. Dress up in your favorite holiday attire to win the prize for best holiday costume in the race,” said Boonville Town Administrator Sarah Harris.
For more information about the Reindeer Dash, contact Shari Allen at 336-631-9708.
Following the Reindeer Dash, the twilight parade will begin at Boonville Elementary School, travel down Main Street, turn at Church Street, and end at Boonville Baptist Church. All parade participants are asked to meet at the school by 4 p.m.
Harris said multiple Boonville businesses will have activities going on at their store throughout the day, including specials and prizes. Joan’s Pet Grooming will be hosting a pet holiday costume contest at 3 p.m. at her store located at 111 W. Main St. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded trophies, and ribbons will be given to all participants. BB’s Boutique will host a Country Christmas from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. First 10 shoppers will receive a special gift with a $20 purchase. Door prizes will be given out hourly, free embroidery on select items, and holiday refreshments served throughout the day. Boonville Flower and Décor will have special discounts throughout the store as well.
As this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Boonville Volunteer Fire Department, the current fire chief and retired chiefs will serve as the grand marshals for the parade.
The Jonesville Historical Society will welcome the public for its Old Fashioned Christmas Open House on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the History Center, which is located at 458 W. Main St. in Jonesville.
Historical Society members will be dressed in period clothing to give tours and demonstrate such activities as knitting, sewing and painting. Music and storytelling will be performed as well.
Old-fashioned refreshments will be served including Russian tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cheese straws and cookies as well as sausage balls, homemade mints, and pumpkin cake.
Society President Becky Wood was excited about the upcoming event and what it could mean for the future of the History Center, saying, “If they come one time, they’ll want to come again.”
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.