Harbor Country Opera returns to the Acorn Theater for the 14th anniversary of its beloved Christmas show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.

“Each Christmas we find some fresh new songs people haven’t heard before, or favorites that we have somehow missed,” said Producer Robert Swan.

As usual, there are plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in song, with selections like “We Three Kings,””Silent Night” and “White Christmas!” Along with a touch of The Messiah, and a visit from the Grinch.

Harpist Ramona Kim is back for her 10th season along with perennial favorites tenor John Concepcion, soprano Martha Cares, baritone Warren Moulton and contralto Dominique Frigo.

“Music is good for the soul ... and so is Laughter. Great Christmas music, beautifully sung ... generous helpings of laughter, with perhaps a touch of mulled wine or hot buttered rum, and a special sense of community that never fails to brighten the season — this is what Christmas at the Acorn is all about,” Swan said.

Tickets are $25 and $35 (café seating available) at acorntheater.com or by calling (269) 756-3879.

‘A Christmas Carol’

New Buffalo Middle and High School students will perform a musical version of “A Christmas Carol”  at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

Shows will take place in the Performing Arts Center at New Buffalo Middle/High School and admission is free.

“This show is unique because it’s all music — there’s hardly any dialog in it,” said director Christina Baumann.

Playing the ghosts that show Scrooge (portrayed by Marjolane DeSimone) the error of his ways are Leah Vinson, Libby Price and Lucy Johnson. Also in the cast are Jack Lantz as Tiny Tim and Joe Turcotte as Marley.

Chris Sokol is in charge of music direction and Jennifer Fiero is leading choreography.

“Between the (orchestra) pit the cast and the crew we’ll have about 50 kids involved in the show,” said Baumann, adding that students in the sixth through 12th grades are involved — about an equal number from the middle and high school.

Meals Ministry Open Kitchen

A Meals Ministry Open Kitchen offering free food and drink at a community gathering is planned for 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Three Oaks United Methodist Church, 2 East Sycamore St., Three Oaks.

Please RSVP to the church by Dec. 15 at (269) 756-2053 or toumc@att.net.

Candlelight Choir Concert planned

Harbert Community Church will present its annual Christmas Candlelight Choir Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.

Come celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with the church’s 30-voice choir, handbell choir, and ensembles. Selections include: “A Christmas Blessing,” “Shepherds Leave Your Sheep,” “The Huron Carol” and “O Holy Night” (with “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”).

Everyone is invited to enjoy traditional Christmas goodies and punch in the church’s fellowship hall following the concert. The choir is under the direction of Carrie J. Van Denburgh and the church is located at 6444 Harbert Road in Sawyer.

‘Fudge-Raiser’ for adult exercise facility

A “Fudge-Raiser” is under way to raise funds for a seven-station outdoor adult exercise equipment facility at New Buffalo Township’s Memorial Park. The fudge, made by Chef Jackie Shen using Belgian chocolate, is $14 per pound and can be ordered and picked up at Jackie’s Cafe, 801 West Buffalo St., New Buffalo (for more information, call (269) 469-1800).

Every dollar raised is being matched dollar for dollar by both the Larry Bubb Endowment and Nora Duffy (thus each pound sold raises $42). Seven pieces of state-of-the-art equipment such as rowing machines and ski-track machines made by Greenfields Outdoor Fitness of Orange County, California, are slated to be installed in April of 2019.

Christmas Carol Sing-Along

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Carol Sing-Along is planned at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at Bible Baptist Church, 7 East Clay St., New Buffalo.

New Buffalo Library activities

Christmas Make and Take Crafts are planned Wednesday, Dec. 19-Saturday, Dec. 22, at the New Buffalo Township Library.

A Teen Holiday Party is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.

Read with Newdle the therapy dog takes place at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

A Beauty and the Beast Special Story Time is planed at 4:15 p.m. Dec. 17.

The January Book Club selection is “Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler.

Tapistry Chili Cook Off

Tapistry Brewing, 4236 Lake St. in downtown Bridgman, has scheduled a Chili Cook Off for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

New Troy Flea Market

The New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, will be chock-full of treasures for an Indoor Flea Market on Saturday, Dec, 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Antiques, tools, crafts, books, jewelry, memorabilia, housewares, farm fresh eggs, lots of yummy goodies and more will be available. Bring the whole family for a day of fun including a tasty, hot lunch prepared by the Market’s new food vendor, The Salty Nag, which specializes in comfort foods such as Irish stew and street tacos. Admission to the market is free.

The Flea Market season will continue on the second and third Saturdays of every month through April. For more information, contact Donald at (773) 803-9773.

Bridgman Winter Reading Programs

The Bridgman Public Library’s Winter Reading Programs — “Adult Chill Winter Bingo” and kids “Winter Reading Bingo” — start Dec. 22 and end Feb. 9.  

Fill up your bingo card and win fun, cool, prizes. All returned cards are entered for a final prize drawing.  Pick up your Bingo card and register at the library.

Acorn Shows

The following shows are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: The Bergamot a South Shore Christmas at 7 p.m. Dec. 14; Howard Levy and Corky Siegel - Steal the Grinch at 8 p.m. Dec. 15 (meet & greet at 6 p.m.); Staged readings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by The Twin City Players at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16; A Master Class with Corky Siegel at 7 p.m. Dec. 16; and an Open Mic Night with host Edgar Wilbury (aka Fred Lange) Band. at 8 p.m. Dec. 28. For more, call (269) 756-3879 or go to www.acorntheater.com.

Afternoon Tea

The New Buffalo Township Library’s fifth annual Afternoon Tea will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the library’s Pokagon Room.

Tickets (at $8 per person) will go on sale on Monday, Dec. 17, and will be available until Saturday, Jan. 26. Tickets include entrance to the event, a variety of teas to choose from, and a selection of tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

For more information, contact Courtney at nbtlcreate@gmail.com www.newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org, (269) 469-2933. The library is located at 33 N Thompson. St.

Pint Night for Fandom Fest

Silver Harbor Brewing Company (721 Pleasant St., St Joseph) will host a community Pint Night, giving back $1 per pint to Fandom Fest Southwest Michigan, on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Fandom Fest is a library-sponsored pop-con, which will take place for the third year on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the LMC Mendel Center. The event includes pop-culture related exhibitors, presenters, author talks, mini hobby stations, video game and tabletop game tournaments, and cos-play contests. Fandom Fest Southwest Michigan is planned and hosted by a collection of libraries SWMI, with sponsorships from local and national businesses. Future Pint Nights and Pizza Nights in support of Fandom Fest will be held at The Livery and Silver Beach Pizza, dates and times will be announced on Fandom Fest’s Facebook page.

For more on Fandom Fest, email fanfest7437@gmail.com, or like Fandom Fest - SW Michigan, on Facebook.

Berrien County Dancers Winter Concert

The Berrien County Dancers will hold their Winter Dance Concert on Thursday, Dec. 13, and Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. each evening at Lakeshore High School, 5771 Cleveland Ave., Stevensville.

The concert will feature works by Theresa Graziano, BCD Artistic Director, and guest choreographer Devin Buchanan, as well as members of the Advanced Dance class. Buchanan, a company member of Giordano Dance Chicago, conducted master classes for all BCD dance students this fall. In addition, the Advanced Dancers will perform one of his pieces in the concert.

Student choreographers are Lakeshore High School senior Takeveiona Costigan, Lakeshore sophomore Zaria Rimpson, and River Valley High School junior Allison Schmidt. Dancers in the Winter Concert are from Lakeshore High School and River Valley High School.

General admission tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Age 11 and under are free with parent admission. Call the Dance Office at 428-1402, Ext. 2099 to order tickets. Berrien County Dancers is a county-wide program that allows students to receive high school credit for dance classes.

BCD is sponsored by Lakeshore Public Schools and the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation. For more information, email Graziano at tgraziano.lpslancers.net.

Gnome on the Roam

Gnome on the Roam will be held through Dec 23 in New Buffalo (find the gnomes in local businesses and win prizes) Follow us at FB/gnomeroam for details.

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