Community Christmas in Park is Monday

Published 12:50 am Sunday, December 13, 2009

Picayune’s 10th annual Community Christmas in the Park is scheduled for Monday.

The event will take place at the newly renovated Jack Read Park beginning at 6 p.m. and will feature entertainment by the Pearl River County Community Band and Chorus, First Baptist Church of Carriere, New Palestine Baptist Children’s Choir, the Treadaways and Weems Chapel Methodist Church to name a few.

This year the event, sponsored by Picayune Main Street, will be the first musical event at the newly renovated park, Main Street Manager Reba Beebe said.

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Pearl River County’s Community Band has about 100 members and will play a number of tunes. Pearl River County Community Band Director Johnny Baker said songs performed by the community band will include the National Anthem, Sleigh Ride, Christmas Song and a collection of holiday favorites including Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Let it Snow, Jingle Bell Rock, Silver Bells and Frosty the Snowman.

After that set, the community band will play a Christmas Finale set which will combine Joy to the World, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear and Adeste Fidelis. Then, Little Drummer Boy will be followed by a separate Christmas Serenade set, which will include We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Oh Christmas Tree and Silent Night.

The Treadaways are also a featured group, Beebe said.

“You need to hear them, they’re awesome,” Beebe said.

One of the acts will be seeking audience participation, the First Baptist Church of Carriere. Beebe said the group plans to have a projector screen set up so audience members can join in on the singing.

The free event will be an opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit.

“It’s time for all of the community to come together and sing Christmas carols,” Beebe said.

With limited seating available, Beebe suggests audience members bring lawn chairs to get comfortable.

Baker said the community band is actively seeking new members.

“Anybody that wants to come, we welcome them with open arms,” Baker said.