By Kellen M. Quigley
With Thanksgiving now past, the holiday season is officially here and a variety of festive events will be happening in Springville this December.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, join the Concord Historical Society for a cookie exchange, laughter and the joy of living in a small town with Concord Country Christmas. Santa may make an appearance with a reindeer or two.
Also Saturday, the Salem Lutheran Church & Preschool is hosting Christmas Around the World: Cookie and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to noon at its location at 91 West Main St.
The event will feature a holiday bake sale including fruitcakes, strudels, fudge, sweet rolls, stollen and more; special gifts such as handmade items and Christmas decorations; and a visit from Santa from 10 to 11 a.m.
Beginning Nov. 29 and showing several performances until Dec. 8, the Springville Players are bringing a holiday classic to the Mongerson Theater this year with A Christmas Carol. The remaining shows are Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 4, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m., with two matinees on Dec. 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 general, $10 student and senior, $8 for groups of fifteen or more. Tickets are available online at springvillearts.org or by calling 592-9038.
Enjoy some holiday music Dec. 2 when the Springville Community Chorale will perform a Christmas concert at 4 p.m. at the Springville First United Methodist Church, located at 474 East Main St.
The chorale performs twice a year under the leadership of director Colleen Marcello Brecker. In addition to its director, the group is comprised of talented accompanist Doris Jones from Springville and Gowanda.
Participants are from Springville, East Concord, West Valley and other nearby communities. It is a group open to all who love to sing and presents concerts that include a wide variety of musical styles in four-part harmony, some of which are accompanied by local instrumentalists.
There is no charge for attending, but contributions will be gratefully accepted. In the spirit of the season, there will be a collection for paper and canned goods for local food pantries.
On Dec. 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host its annual Cookie Sale & Gift Basket Raffle from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Also on Dec. 8, Colden United Methodist Church invites you to Bethlehem Live from noon to 3 p.m.
See the live manger scene with real animals and readings of the Christmas story and singing of Christmas carols. Warm refreshments and activities will be held in the church basement.
And on Friday, Dec. 14. come spend a Night in Bethlehem at the Springville Frist United Methodist Church from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit with shopkeepers and listen as they share a story about their trade.
There will be hands-on activities, too. Your kids will learn how to make: a scroll, wooden toy, leather wristband and much more! While you visit with the shopkeepers, you may even see Roman soldiers and shepherds wandering through Bethlehem.
The highlight of the evening will be a visit with Mary and Joseph as they celebrate the birth of Jesus.
That same night, Emerling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will host their annual Children’s Community Christmas Party from 6 to 8 p.m.
Returning to Springville on a Holiday Cheer Tour, April Verch will be joined by another master of traditional music, Joe Newberry for a concert Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Tunes, ballads, step dancing and original songs by way of Canada and the Ozarks ring like silver and shine like gold. With beautiful harmony singing, breathtaking instrumentals and exquisite dancing, these two hit the stage in perfect rhythm, making audiences remember why this music existed in the first place.
Tickets $12 presale and $15 at the door.
There’s plenty to do and see this holiday season in Springville as a way to share the joy and spend some time with family and friends.