The 2013 Holidays in Historic Frederick event series highlights the true meaning of the holidays during the annual Festival of Lights on Friday, December 6.
Due to the impending rain forecast for December 6, the event will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 106 W. Church Street. The ceremony will begin at 7 pm in the sanctuary. Guests are invited to enter the building from the Church Street entrance. The change in venue is possible due to the warm generosity of All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Katie Schwartz, church administrator. Sign language interpretation will be provided. This event is free to the public, and is presented by Celebrate Frederick.
The Festival of Lights will showcase the musical talents of the Frederick Children’s Chorus Touring Ensemble under the direction of Artistic Director and founder, Judy DuBose. The chorus will perform two songs, Here We Come A-Caroling and S’Vivon, and will lead the audience in a sing-along of classic carols.
This year’s program will feature inspirational speaker George Wunderlich, Executive Director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, who will focus on the expression of the holiday spirit during times of conflict.
The evening will come to an end with a moving candle lighting ceremony, presided over by Mayor Randy McClement. Mayor McClement will light the first candle as the lights are dimmed, and candles will be passed from neighbor to neighbor, until the sanctuary is filled with light.
Special thanks are due to emcee Jim Racheff and to Brownie Troop #81741 for distributing programs and candles.
Following the program, John Widmann, City Carillonneur, will perform a concert of holiday music on the 49-bell carillon in Baker Park. All in attendance are invited to climb the steps in the 80-foot tower to view this unique instrument and watch John perform.
The Holidays in Historic Frederick would not be possible without the hard work of the volunteers of the Holidays in Historic Frederick Committee, and the following community-minded businesses: Spires Sponsors - Bechtel Power and Hood College; Carillon Sponsors - Nymeo, Sandy Spring Bank, Weis Markets, 99.9 WFRE, and 930 WFMD; Bandshell Sponsors - Clym Environmental Services, The Frederick News-Post, Octavo Designs, The Plamondon Companies and WHAG.