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December 10, 2008|By ANN WEATHERHOLT/301678-6888

Illumination at cemeteries set for Saturday in town

The 14th annual luminarias display will be held in Hancock cemeteries Saturday. Volunteers arrive in the morning to begin assembling the luminarias and placing them on the graves. Some 2,500 candles are used in the display. Other volunteers are needed to light the candles before dusk. If you can help, contact the Rev. Allan Weatherholt or the Rev. Steven McCarty at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church at 301-678-6569.

Holiday concert

Once the luminarias are lighted, the display kicks off with a concert of holiday music in the church at 5:30 p.m. Organist Don Houck will be joined by the Rev. Anne Weatherholt, soprano, to perform music of the season, plus lead some singing of your favorite carols. The concert is free and open to the public. Following the music, you can drive through the three cemeteries belonging to St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas' and the Hancock Presbyterian Church.


Christmas party

Also on Saturday is the Christmas party for local children sponsored by Christmas for Others. The party begins at 1 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Peter's Catholic Church, 16 E. High St. Children will enjoy a craft project, a Christmas story and a visit from Santa Claus. Gifts for the children have been donated by local churches and others in the community.

Curves of Hancock gets a big word of thanks for sponsoring a collection of toys and small gift items to support Christmas for Others. This is Curves' second community project following their successful food drive in November.

Christmas music

More Christmas music is on the way in a concert Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council. This concert will take place at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Church and High streets. The Potomac Crossing Consort and the New Generation Strings will perform pieces by Handel, Bach and many traditional carols, plus lead a sing-along of several selections. The performance is free and open to the public.

Music students to perform at school

Music students at Hancock Middle-Senior High School will offer two annual holiday concerts next week.

Band students will perform seasonal selections Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Each level of band will be featured from grade six through senior high. The band has flourished this year under the leadership of band director Scott Benford and this promises to be a fine evening. The Band Boosters will host everyone for Christmas cookies and punch immediately following the performance.

The following day, Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., choral students in grades six through eight will sing holiday selections under the direction of music teacher Shayna Warnick. Both of these concerts are open to the public without charge.

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