For the past several years,Â we have hosted the Central Christian VarsityÂ Singers for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration the first Thursday in DecemberÂ in our Kidron store. This local Mennonite school has a world-class choir, led by the tireless Tim Shue, that performs in a variety of venues. We have been fortunate enough to have this 16-member choir perform by the light of their oil lamps inside our store each year, and then move outside for a traditional candle lighting ceremony.
I took photos, but sacrificed good lighting for the ambiance of the performance, which is whyÂ this photo isÂ so dark.Â The students were dressed in 19th century period costumes and looked wonderful!Â The young women had hoop skirts and frilly white blouses, and the young men were actually in top hats and tails, with white gloves.Â When was the last time you saw teenagers dressed like that? (Prom night doesn’t count).
The event is always well-attended and this year was no exception, with the choirÂ “echoing their sweet refrain” misting through the frozen night air. Hmm. That was rather poetic, wasn’t it. Next Thursday night, Dec. 13,Â at 7 pm in our store in Kidron, the wonderful Dalton High School jazz band is performing. We have not hosted this group before, led by Randy Kaserman, but are looking forward to hearing their music.
On the following Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 pm Tireless Tim Shue will be back again, this time with Sonnenberg Station, a group of male vocalists from area churches.Â The last time they performed locally, they drew a crowd of over 500 so plan to get to Lehman’s early.