Happy New Year 2020! I can hardly believe another year has drawn to a close . . . already! By the time you read this, the Christmas tree will be out on the curb for town employees to haul off, all the lovely, seasonal decorations will be packed away in some dusty corner of the garage or basement, some of us will be heading off to exchange gifts and some to the gym or our favorite easy chair with a sigh of relief that at last we can now catch our collective breaths! We made it through another Christmas season. Here are just a few of the busy December activities we hosted at CBC.
Christmas music was abundant and varied during the month, beginning with an amazing concert performed by Chuck Seipp and Randy Sheets December 3rd for our PACT evening. Children and families from the community were treated to an evening of classical and traditional Christmas music.
The Blue Ridge Chorale stunned us once again with awesome performances and spectacular talent. Speaking of amazing talent, The First Leon, a musical performed by children through the Windmore Group and directed by Alex Smith, showed us that the Culpeper area is booming with some very remarkable youngsters. Prior to the show, we were treated to a well-done performance by The Piedmont Community Band.
Speaking of children, the little ones from our Child Development Center out-danced and out-sang everyone with their annual Christmas Program. Moving from children to our senior adults, the wonderful group from The Culpeper dazzled us again with an excellent performance of The Christmas Pageant. Our own Christmas Celebration mid-month showcased many impressive performances!
Not to be outdone, the Charlottesville Ballet presented the Class with Clara FREE this year to a sold-out crowd because of a generous grant, from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, to our Child Development Center. Just a few days before Christmas, Acoustic Café brought in their biggest crowd with some amazingly talented individuals! On Christmas Eve we had a wonderful service of Carols, Communion & Candles.
As is our custom, we enjoyed a “Partnership Christmas” beyond the great performances mentioned above. Here’s a rundown of some of those partnership activities:
We’ve just celebrated Christ’s birth all month. December, just like the eleven months prior, was full of opportunities for each of us to join God where He was at work and to touch lives and hearts with His love. This new decade will begin a new chapter in our legacy. . .with new opportunities, new challenges, new tests, and, perhaps, even a few new questions. We have 245 years upon which to build. . .may we be as faithful those who came before us to the call of God on our lives!
Else Williamson – December 5, 2019
Shirley Faulconer – Decrember 14, 2019