St. Margaret to host ‘A Christmas Festival’

Christmas in Spring Lake. FILE PHOTO THE COAST STAR

SPRING LAKE — The Parish of St. Catharine and St. Margaret will host Spirituality and the Arts: A Christmas Festival on Monday, Dec. 2

All are welcome to sing-along and kick-off the holiday season with a collection of Christmas songs performed by the Atlantic Wind Ensemble. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret Church, 300 Ludlow Ave., with a reception to follow in Duffy Hall.

“Our commitment as Spirituality and the Arts at St. Catharine and St. Margaret is to support the Music Ministry,” said Mikki Manno, a volunteer at the church.

Ms. Manno said the first Monday in Advent is the perfect time for the festival since “People are ready to go and get started for Christmas.”

This is also the first year the festival will be held at St. Margaret, according to Ms. Manno. She said in the past the concert was held at St. Catharine and was standing room only.

“At St. Margaret there’s more room for the 40-piece band to spread out, it’s larger and we can fit more people in the audience,” she said.

The Atlantic Wind Ensemble will play the following selections: “The National Anthem,” “I Heard a March on Christmas Day,” “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” “An American Christmas,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Christmas Baby Please Come Home,” “America the Beautiful,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “A Christmas Festival,” “Hallelujah Chorus” and “White Christmas.”

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