CONNEAUT — Three vocalists will provide an afternoon of holiday music in a special concert Dec. 21 at the First United Congregational Church of Christ, 211 Buffalo St., Conneaut.
The 3:30 p.m. program, sponsored by the Marcy family of Conneaut, will feature Conneaut native and tenor Norris Kelly, soprano Robyn Marie Lamp and bass-baritone Charles Spencer. The singers will be accompanied by pianist Debra Tan Fleming and Sue Krieg-Shugerts, harpist. Light refreshments will be served after the performance
Sue Marcy said the program is the family’s “gift to the community.” Planning began soon after Lamp visited Conneaut in October and sat in with the UCC choir. Her voice impressed, and the idea for the holiday concert was born, Marcy said.
“We put it together very quickly,” she said.
All of the vocalists are professionally trained and have performed numerous concerts. Kelly is the choir director for UCC, Lamp has performed in the Gulf Coast area and Spencer has sung music ranging from opera to pops in the Canton-Tuscarawas-Columbus area.
Also ahead this holiday season:
“LIGHTS OF LOVE” PROGRAM
A fundraiser for the Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce, will continue through Dec. 12. The program, begun in 1987, allows people to honor or remember a loved one with one of the bulbs that shines on the community Christmas tree on downtown Main Street. A $5 donation includes a holiday ornament and the name of the honoree and donor in local newspapers.
Lights are available through Dec. 12 at the following Conneaut locations: the Chamber office (235 Main St.), Andover Bank, Conneaut Savings Bank, Key Bank and Port Conneaut Federal Credit Union. For more information, contact the Chamber at 593-2402.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Conneaut Public Library, 304 Buffalo St. Books for children and their parents will be available.
OPEN HOUSE/TRIM-A-TREE AUCTION
At the Kingsville Public Library, 6006 Academy St., Kingsville, will be 6-7 p.m. Dec. 10.
Visitors can bid on more than 40 holiday trees decorated in a variety of themes, from beach glass to barn quilts. Bids start at $10 and proceeds help the library’s building fund.
Trees may be viewed online at www.kingsville.lib.oh.us and bids can be placed via phone at 224-0239 until 7 p.m. Dec. 10. The creator of the tree that garnered the highest bid will receive a prize. “Best of Show,” as decided by visitors, will also be awarded.
Refreshments and a performance by Trinity Stevens will be featured
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CONTEST
Dec. 12 at the Conneaut Public Library, 304 Buffalo St. Staff will wearing their ugliest holiday sweaters and invite the public to pick the one that hurts their eyes the most.
Votes may also be cast on the library’s Facebook page.
Sponsored by the Conneaut Board of Tourism, brings St. Nicholas to Lakeview Park for two more Saturdays.
The softball field concession stand, 340 Erie St., will be Santa’s headquarters between 4:30-7 p.m. on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. Kids can share their Christmas lists and grown-ups can snap photos. Carriage rides will be available for a donation.
An afterschool program for kids in kindergarten through grade five, will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Conneaut Public Library, 304 Buffalo St. Familiar holiday characters will be assembled from tea lights, and kids will hear stories and music and be served cookies and hot chocolate.
Call the library for registration information.
“A WINTER’S WALTZ” DANCE
Program featuring students in the Conneaut Arts Center’s ballet classes, will be presented 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Arlene’s Broadway on Buffalo, 236 Buffalo St. The show will be directed by Theresa Deutsch.
Tickets are $5 for adults (students are free) and will be available at the door or at the CAC, 1025 Buffalo St., beginning Monday.
To benefit the Outdoor Learning Center is under way. First prize is a handmade quilt donated by Laura Crawford, while second prize is a table runner and four place mats donated by Denise Winger.
Only 100 tickets will be printed. Cost is $5 per ticket, and can be purchased by calling Matt Crawford (265-2178) or Jeanette Speer Accounting Service (319-5243). The winning tickets will be drawn Dec. 16 on the “AM Live” show on Conneaut’s cable access channel.