Bethel plans a Christmas to remember

Bethel plans a Christmas to remember

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2011 8:01 pm

Bethel University invites the community to come to the 2nd annual A Very Bethel Christmas, which kicks off Monday.
A Very Bethel Christmas is a two-week long open house showcasing the buildings on Bethel University’s McKenzie campus.
“We have had so many changes to our campus in the last year,” said Myra Carlock, Director of Special Events. “A Very Bethel Christmas gives community members a chance to do more than just drive by campus. They can actually come and tour the lobbies of eight of our buildings, one of which underwent major renovations in 2011 and one which was newly constructed. ”
Decorated lobbies will include Campbell Hall Administration Building, Dickey Fine Arts Building, Odom Hall, the Ray and Linda Morris Science Complex, Burroughs Learning Center (library), Marrs-Stockton Music Building (the former student center), Baker Fieldhouse, and the new Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment.
“Each lobby has a different theme and community members will actually vote on which lobby they like best,” Carlock said. “On Dec. 12 the votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced.”
Carlock also said that every person who votes will be placed in a drawing for an Ipad which will be given away on Dec. 12.
Florists and individuals who are decorating a lobby include: City Florist, Lulubelle’s Florist, Paula Kelly Florist, Impressions, Kathy Gearin and Trina Morris, Christy Hampton, and Carolyn Flood.
“At the kickoff on Nov. 28, we will have guided tours, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Odom Hall lobby,” Carlock said.
Carlock said the tours will end in the Dickey Fine Arts Building Lobby just in time for a Festival of Lessons and Carols presented by the Bethel University Singers beginning at 7:30 p.m.
“The tours and the concert are free and open to the public,” Carlock said. “Anyone who wants to take the tour before Lessons and Carols should note that the final guided tour will depart from Odom Hall at 7:15 p.m.
Another event that is part of A Very Bethel Christmas is the Bethel University Twinkle Ball for Moms and young daughters on Wednesday.
Tickets to the Twinkle Ball are $20 for a mother and daughter and $7 for each additional daughter and can be purchased in the Bethel University Bookstore.
The Twinkle ball will be from 6 until 8 p.m. in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment.
Christmas with Renaissance 2011 is also part of A Very Bethel Christmas with six performances by Renaissance, Bethel’s Performing Arts Experience. Performances are Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-10 but tickets are now only available for shows on Dec. 9-10, which are in Bouldin Auditorium in the Dickey Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and can be purchased in the Bethel Bookstore or by calling (731) 352-6445.
Discount rates are available for groups of 15 or more.
For more information about any of the events for A Very Bethel Christmas, contact Myra Carlock at (731) 352-4090.

wcp 11/24/11


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