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Myriad area holiday events offer something for everyone – art, music, dance, drama, more

Crafts, cookies, art, more – holiday “Night at the Museum” at Gadsden Arts Center
Gadsden Arts Center invites the public to celebrate the holidays with its “casual, creative open house,” 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., next Thursday, November 29, at the museum on Quincy’s historic courthouse square.

Admission is free, and the event is open to children and adults alike.

“Children of all ages” can make holiday crafts in the ArtZone; local bakers will compete for $120 Gadsden Arts membership packages in the first Holiday Cookie Competition; and the Robert F. Munroe Ensemble will offer live musical performances in the Sara May Love Gallery.

Fletcher Museum Shop artists will offer craft demonstrations all night, including basket weaving, jewelry making, gemstone tree creation, decorative painting and more by Beth Allman, Donna Baggett, Melinda Cowen, Donna Lowman, Lory Maddox and Doell West.

To enter the Holiday Cookie Competition, register by email or phone: or (850) 627-5020. Competition organizers ask participants to bring two dozen of their best cookies, which must be delivered by 5:30 p.m. Event goers can taste and judge the cookies; votes will be tallied for “best tasting” and “best design,” and awards will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

Gadsden Arts Center is at 13 N. Madison Street, Quincy.  For more information, visit

Tallahassee Ballet to present “Nutcracker”

Treat yourself and your loved ones to one of the holiday season’s most treasured performances, The Tallahassee Ballet’s The Nutcracker featuring a live orchestra on December 8 and 9 at Ruby Diamond Auditorium.
This year’s production features Cincinnati Ballet Principal Dancers Maizyalet Velazquez and Luca De-Poli. Velazquez will dance the role of The Sugar Plum Fairy and De-Poli will perform the part of her Cavalier. TTB’s Artistic Director Tyrone Brooks and Resident Choreographer Kathryn Karrh Cashin have collaborated to create a vibrant and energized rendition of this timeless tale.
“The majestic beauty, sparkle and dash of magic are perfect for the holiday season,” said Brooks. “The Tallahassee Ballet’s Nutcracker is visually sophisticated and full of fantasy.”
The two-act ballet has roots in German folklore and was first brought to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s iconic score in 1892 Russia. The timeless tale has been a Tallahassee tradition since the first curtain rose on TTB’s The Nutcracker in 1986.
The story of The Nutcracker begins on Christmas Eve. A young girl named Clara is gifted a Nutcracker doll – but not any ordinary Nutcracker.  Clara is magically transported to a mystical land where she is forced to contest the frightful Rat King with her doll as the prince by her side. The two then set off on a magical adventure through the Kingdom of Sweets.
TTB’s Nutcracker performance has something to offer every patron – from first-time attendees to those who have made it an annual family holiday tradition for decades.
Performances are Sat., Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. (Children’s Abbreviated Performance), Sat., Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for any of the three performances can be purchased online at or by calling 850-224-6917, ext. 21.

Tallahassee men’s choir to perform classic yuletide carols a capella

The award-winning Capital Chordsmen announce their 11th Annual Holiday Show, under the direction J. Byron Poore, III.  There will be two performances at the Senior Center Auditorium, 1400 N Monroe St. on Friday, December 6th and Tuesday, December 11th. Both shows start at 7:00 p.m.

Each holiday, the Chordsmen create a new theme for the show.  This one is “The Stories of Christmas Presents Past”.  Secular and sacred holiday songs, in classic Barbershop style, are interspersed with stories, vignettes, and (of course) some one-liners designed to make the audience smile and groan at the same time.

The Chordsmen pride themselves in presenting the audience a great holiday experience, songs they’ll have as ear worms for days to come, and a happy boost into the season.  Songs from the chorus are balanced with songs from six different quartets.  You will hear, “Angels We Have Heard on High”, “Go Tell It On the Mountain”, “Polar Express”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Carol of the Bells”, and many, many more.

Also featured this year is a new group called “Barbershop Ladies of Tallahassee” doing two holiday songs.

Tickets are $12.50 for general admission, $10.00 for seniors (65+), and $5.00 for students with valid ID.  Order tickets from any Chordsmen member, or on-line at

The Chordsmen will be busy performing around the area for the Christmas season.  In addition to the concerts at the Senior Center, we can be found at the Kleman Plaza Stage for the Winter Festival on Dec 1, Apalachicola First United Methodist Church Dec 2, various Assisted Living Facilities on Dec 13, and Victorian Christmas in Thomasville on Dec 14th.

Havana pastor’s original “MAJESTY!!!” depicts nativity in vivid color, song, dance

Havana’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Truth will present Pastor Helena Barrington’s original “MAJESTY!!!!” in two performances this year – 8 p.m., Friday, December and 2 p.m., Saturday, December 8 – both at the cathedral, 1110 Rich Bay Road, Havana.

According to church officials, “MAJESTY!!!” is a unique and powerful depiction of the events experienced around the world surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ.

The production is described as “far from ordinary” and “an amazing blend of music, dance, drama, vibrant costumery and elegant pageantry, forming a symphony of art forms and expressions to tell this timeless story as never told before.”

Pastor Barrington’s flair for musical excellence is woven throughout this powerfully moving performance by a multi-talented cast of actors, dancers and singers comprised of members of the Worship Arts Ministry of Metropolitan Cathedral of Truth as well as guest cast members from several area churches and organizations.

Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, email or call (850) 539-1690.

Choral Society of Pensacola presents Handel’s Messiah, classic carols in two unique performances

In two weeks, a tradition continues.

Since its founding in 1935, the Pensacola Choral Society has presented Messiah – at least in part – every year to help kick off the holiday season.

On December 1, the chorus returns to Pensacola’s historic Saenger Theatre for another performance of Handel’s iconic masterpiece.

This year, the 60-voice volunteer chorus will be joined by four “fan favorite” soloists: soprano Carla Connors; mezzosoprano Monika Cosson; tenor Thomas Rowell and bassbaritone Patrick Jacobs.

The singers and Choral Society Orchestra will be led by the group’s artistic director, Xiaolun Chen.

The Pensacola Choral Society will continue another tradition when it gathers to sing an hour of classic holiday songs and carols 5 p.m., Sunday, December 16 at the Rex Theatre, hosted by Generation Church.

The chorus invites the public to join them in singing the timeless holiday classics, while enjoying hot drinks and sweets. Meant to be “fun for the whole family,” Santa Claus himself will be onsite this year for selfies with kids and adults alike.

Admission is a nonperishable food item (or two) for Manna Food Pantries.

Experience unique sonic power, unbridled energy of gospel choir performance at Havana’s sixth annual GospelFest 

Havana Community Development Corporation will christen its newly renovated auditorium with exciting, moving performances by multiple gospel choirs and music groups – part of the organization’s sixth annual “GospelFest.”

GospelFest 2018 is December 1 at the old Havana Northside High School auditorium, 264 Carter Avenue, Havana. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., and admission is free. This year’s theme is “Back Home Again.”

Havana Community Development Corporation recently completed renovations on the auditorium at the former Havana Northside High, which has been closed for more than a decade. The group acquired the school campus and aims to transform it into a community event center, with multiple unique meeting, performance and other spaces available for rent.

For more information about GospelFest or Havana Community Development Corporation, visit the group’s Facebook page, or contact Shirley Bryant at 850-212-7019 or Montrail Harris at 850-228-1471.

Special to The Herald