Beaverdam, Doswell and Montpelier – Debbie Murphy

November 27, 2014


I am hoping that everyone has a safe and warm Thanksgiving! It’s time to be thankful for our blessings!

It’s also time to get into the Christmas spirit and the moment will soon arrive for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, with the Hanover Christmas Mother, Santa and the Snow Princess. On Sunday, Nov. 30 this special event will all take place inside the Doswell Community Center at 16433 North Washington Highway. There will be caroling, hot chocolate, and cider and cookies starting at 6 p.m. – this event is open to the public.

If you would like to enjoy some beautiful music then you need to attend The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale concert, this group is based right here in the Center of the Universe, and is busily preparing for its 2014 Christmas concert, “Sing Glory!” Artistic Director David Sinden will conduct the chorus and the musicians, and Margaret Taylor will accompany.

Featured in this year’s concert are Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, accompanied by orchestra, and Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, as well as other seasonal selections. The Masterworks Chorale Christmas concerts are always considered a highlight of the season according to those who attend, and tickets sell out fast.

There will be three performances of this concert – one in Ashland, and two in Richmond. The Ashland performance will take place Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m., at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 Henry Street. The Richmond performances will be Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m., at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Road, and Friday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m., at River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Road.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults (or $15 at the door) and $5 for students. They may be purchased at Cross Brothers’ Grocery in Ashland, or by calling

1-800-838-3006, or online anytime at the Chorale’s website,

Please let me know if you have news you’d like to share, such as births, marriages, birthdays, retirements, etc. I’m always looking for good news to share! My email address is; my fax number is (804) 752-7858 and my phone number is (804) 227-3664.

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