Marion High School Choir will present its annual Madrigal Feaste at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9, at the high school. Tickets are $20; buy them in advance at the high school office. The Madrigal Feaste includes entertainment and a gourmet dinner. The nearly 200 students will be dressed in Renaissance-style costumes and the singing will be outstanding. Jamie Adams is the choir director.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! It's great to see so many holiday displays in the neighborhoods, especially all lit up after dark. At our house, the Christmas tree got decorated on a recent night by two daughters, a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter and a great-grandson. We then enjoyed a chili and soup supper and watched "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and " A Charlie Brown Christmas."
Books make great Christmas gifts. Local historian Jon Musgrave will participate in a book signing, along with other area authors, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Vienna Carnegie Library.
This year, the playhouses built for the CASA of Williamson County fundraiser will be on display from Thursday through Monday, Dec. 7-11, at Winter Wonderland at Rent One Park in Marion. The playhouses, each unique, are built by students in high school shop classes and will be on the concourse. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase. You just might get one delivered to your house in time for Christmas.
By the way, tickets for Winter Wonderland are at (618) 998-8499 or at the S.I. Miners box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Jaimee Paul will present a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Marion Cultural and Civic Center. Tickets are $25 to $35 and available at the door and in advance by calling (618) 997-4030.
The Robert N. Brewer Family Foundation will host a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Herrin Civic Center. Blend, the local a cappella group, will perform a "Doo-Wop Christmas" as part of its farewell tour. This will be the last performance in Herrin. Tickets are $10; call Marie at (618) 988-1234.
Take advantage of the great outdoors by going on a winter hike at Giant City State Park at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Meet at shelter No. 2. A bonfire will be underway, and a hint was given that a pot of something good will be served. Call (618) 457-4836 for more.
It was great to see our greats, Belle, 5, and Addie, 4, on Facebook, on the ski slopes at Fort Breckinridge, Colorado, over the weekend. Their parents are Jenilee and Nate Williams, who is a Marion native, now serving his country with the U.S. Army.
High Image Dance Studio of Energy will present its annual recital at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, at Marion Cultural and Civic Center. One of the dancers is Savannah Duringer of Goreville, who has performed with the studio for 16 years. She is heading to Georgia for college next fall.
Take back your overdue books to Marion Carnegie Library, along with a food donation from the provided list. The food will benefit the Southern Illinois-based program, Gum Drops, which provides a food package each weekend for students who might not have food in their homes.
Take the youngsters out to Illinois Star Centre Mall through Sunday, Dec. 24, to meet Santa and have photos made. Santa will be there from 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sundays.
Bundle up the kiddies and take them to Vienna City Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, for the live drive-through Nativity, sponsored by local churches and Eagle House Ministries. This is free, but a donation for the local food pantry is appreciated. There will be a petting zoo, free popcorn and drinks, musical entertainment and more.
A new business in Marion, just in time for holiday shopping, is Harbor Freight, on West DeYoung, near Auto Zone. Paducah also has a Harbor Freight, which features tools and such. It sounds like a men's mall. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
There just might be a coach seat left for the Variety Christmas Spectacular on Friday, Dec. 15, at Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers, Kentucky, a day trip sponsored by The Second Act of Southern Illinois Healthcare. Tickets are $89 for members and $99 for nonmembers. Become a member for free at (877) 480-4040, the same number for making reservations for the coach trip.
• Dixie Terry would like your community news from the Marion area. Contact her at (618) 995-2491, email@example.com or 101 Sidney Lane, Goreville, IL 62939.