|COLUMBIA THEATRE’S TREE-TRIMMING PARTY IS PRELUDE TO CELEBRATION
HAMMOND -- The annual "tree-trimming
party" at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will be a festive
prelude to Southeastern Louisiana University's "Celebration of the Lights"
on Nov. 29.
The party, which the Columbia
hosts each year for area children, is scheduled for 3:30-5 p.m. in the
lobby of the downtown theater, where a large holiday tree is decorated
with more than 200 ornaments made by area school children using the theme
"The Gift of Music."
In addition to viewing
the tree, children and parents can enjoy punch and cookies, have a photo
taken with Santa Claus, make their own holiday ornament under the guidance
of art students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and enjoy holiday
vocalizing by the Loranger High School Choir, said Tonya Lowentritt, the
Columbia’s marketing director.
"Our party is a celebration
of the gifts our community has to offer and an opportunity to showcase
our children's talents on our holiday tree," she said.
Through a special drawing
at 4:30 p.m., one of the students who created tree ornaments will be selected
to be "conductor-for-a-night" at the Columbia's Dec. 2 Louisiana Philharmonic
Orchestra holiday concert.
Following the Columbia
party, participants can continue to tune up their holiday spirits by joining
in the “Celebration of the Lights,” which begins at 5 p.m. at Southeastern’s
Pottle Performance Circle.
President Randy Moffett will ceremonially light campus decorations,
and activities will include music by the Community Music School Select
Vocal Ensemble, refreshments, and candy for youngsters, distributed by
Southeastern's lion mascot Roomie, Lionettes and cheerleaders.
As “admission” to the Celebration
of Lights, voluntary donations will be collected for the Hurricane Katrina
relief funds recently established by the Southeastern Development Foundation
to provide financial support to members of the Southeastern family affected
by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
For additional information,
contact the Columbia Theatre, 985-543-4366, or Southeastern Public Information,