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Entertainers share talent to benefit Santa’s Village

Entertainers share talent to benefit Santa’s Village

Posted: Friday, November 28, 2008 8:51 pm

Performers slated to take the stage during Santa’s Village to provide 20 hours of continuous entertainment at the 24th annual event will include winners and finalists in several area talent contests. The Dec. 12-13 lineup will also feature entertainers from a five-state area. They range in age from 4 to 70. Finalists from the Memphis Mid-South Youth Talent Show and the Kentucky Opry Talent Contest, as well as winners of the Soybean Festival Talent Show and the Dresden Iris Festival Talent Show, are among the entertainers to be featured this year. Also appearing will be youth and adults playing guitars, violins, accordions, trumpets, bells and piano. The night of Dec. 12, there will be karaoke from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Following karaoke will be Kenny Presley performing with his band. From 8-9 p.m. Dec. 13 will be family time when families can sing together. This year’s Santa’s Village theme is “Christmas Around the World.” It is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Dec. 11-12; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 13; and 1-5 p.m. Dec. 14 at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ag Pavilion. The opening ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 worth of non-perishable foods and/or toys. Service agencies that will receive food and toys collected at Santa’s Village this year include Chimes for Charity, the Obion County chapter of the American Red Cross, Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council, We Care Ministries, Santa’s Helpers and the Department of Children’s Services. Reba Wade of Reba Wade Music Studio in Martin has volunteered as entertainment coordinator of Santa’s Village for 20 of the 24 years. “This is the most important thing I do all year,” Ms. Wade said. “We have a lot of fun doing this. We enjoy it.” Co-sponsors for the event are Martin Parks and Recreation, the C.E. Weldon Public Library and UT Martin. Additional confirmed sponsors of the event include University Plaza, Hamilton-Ryker, First State Bank, MTD Products, Tyson Foods, Volunteer Community Hospital and Southern Source. For more information about Santa’s Village, contact Martin Parks and Recreation Department at (731) 587-6784. Published in The Messenger 11.28.08

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