We had the pleasure of attending last night's Bethabara Concert Band Holiday Concert at Maple Springs United Methodist Church on Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem.
Food Donations were accepted for the Food Pantry Ministry at Maple Springs. This ministry effort regularly offers food assistance to over 400 individuals and families who live in our local area each month. North Carolina has the second highest rate of food insecure children under 5 years of age in the nation. For all age groups, North Carolina is ranked as the 4th worst in the nation for food insecurity. (Source: hungernwnc.org) As you can see, the generosity is also great and much food was was donated .
The Bethabara Concert band is in it's 28th season, with the season typically running from June-November. Most performances take place outdoors at the Park Pavilion at Bethabara. Families bring blankets and picnic dinners and there are hay rides, children's games, ice cream and hot dogs.
Last night's concert was fun-filled, with familiar songs such as Sleigh Ride and Hallelujah Chorus. Soloists Candy King and Jeff Williard joined the band for Irving Berlin's Christmas and A Holiday Sing-Along. The band also performed a few not-so-familiar songs such as Christmas in the Highlands, A Renaissance Christmas and Chanukah is Here. And of course, Santa himself made a visit! The children in the audience were called up and they listened intently as Santa read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. There were approximately 125-150 people in the audience enjoying the music.
Mark your calendar now for the
2015 season of the Bethabara Concert Band!
Summer Kickoff - June 11 - 6pm-8pm
Independence Concert - July 9 - 6pm-8:30pm
Back to School - August 13 - 6pm-8:30pm
September 11 Remembrance - September 10 - 5:30pm-8:00pm
Dark in the Park - October 8 - 5:30-8pm
Holiday Concert - November 19 - 7pm