During the Christmas season, there is nothing quite as humbling as the sound of a children’s choir softly singing the traditional hymns that tell the story of Jesus’ birth. Listening to the opening verse of Away in a Manager, immediately softens the heart and reminds us all of the miracle of Christmas. This year’s production of “The Friendly Beasts” is filled with traditional music, authentic looking costumes and heartwarming solos by those children representing the animals who played a part in the blessed event.
For several years now, the Richland Presbyterian Church (SC) has invited the children of Tamassee DAR School to present their pageant to the congregation during the church’s worship service. This year, the children performed for them on the first Sunday of the Advent season. Inside the beautiful stained glass windowed structure, the children readied themselves by carefully setting up props, excitedly changing into their costumes, tuning their voices and shaking out the nervous jitters. Under the direction of Tamassee Campus Life Coordinator Nora Stancil, as the sweet music filled the church the precious, gentleness of children took the congregation back to that magical night of Jesus’ birth.
After the church service a fellowship luncheon for the congregation, Tamassee DAR School children and staff was held. The Lighthouse Restaurant in Salem and the Bojangles Restaurant in Walhalla contributed to the menu selections.
Our appreciation goes to Pastor Art Williams of the Richland Presbyterian Church for inviting the students to perform for the congregation. Our many thanks to Brenda Goodwin for helping to organize the service and for providing the piano accompaniment for the children.
As in many years past, we welcomed members of the Salem Iris Garden Club who share their time and talent by decorating our Christmas tree in the North Carolina Gibson Chapel. Please visit the Tamassee DAR School Facebook page to see photos of the ladies at work and the holiday beauty they have created.
Santa Claus will be visiting the Tamassee DAR School Thrift Store located at 9695 N. Highway 11 in Tamassee, SC on Saturday, December 3. He will arrive at 11:00 a.m. and will be located in the furniture annex next to the main Thrift Store. A Children’s Santa Shop will be set up for those children wishing to purchase special seasonably priced gifts for their loved ones.
Each year Mr. Frank Burrell, Tamassee DAR School Alumnus and owner of a NC Christmas tree farm donates trees for each of the children’s cottages along with added inventory to sell at the Thrift Store. Please stop by and make your holiday tree purchase as proceeds from all sales benefit the Tamassee DAR School Children’s Fund.