Holiday Celebrations Shimmer With Community Spirit

November 20, 2006

Hunt Dining Hall highlighted by a wintery blanketRarely is there a time when the college’s community connections are as vibrant as during the winter holidays. You are likely to catch students, faculty, and staff members serving hot food at a local shelter, wrapping presents at local stores, and ringing bells in support of the Salvation Army. These individual and group efforts are heartwarming and inspiring, and a few larger events also highlight how Mary Baldwin adds its light to the brilliance of the season.

Hopefully, many heard the college’sMadrigal Singersregale shoppers with caroling during downtown Staunton’s Holiday Open HouseNovember 19. Here are a few more upcoming events that feature Mary Baldwin’s finest:

Fill a thermos with something warm and stuff cookies into your pockets for chilly, but entertaining,Christmas paradesin Staunton and Lexington. There you will find the razor-straight ranks of the Virginia Women’s Institute Corps of Cadets, marching and accompanied by its band. The Staunton parade winds its way down Beverley Street beginning at 7 p.m.November 27. The Lexington parade on Main Street — a venue where VWIL frequently earns top marching honors — starts at 10 a.m.December 2.

PICTURE DESCRIPTIONCommunity members are invited to join Mary Baldwin students, faculty, and staff once again this year for a symbolic pilgrimage across campusNovember 29in observance of the Latin American holiday celebrationLas Posadas. Las Posadas — which roughly translates to “lodging,” “shelter,” or “the inns” — is a re-enactment of the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a place for the birth of Jesus. The event has been celebrated in Mexico since the 16th century, but is a fairly new tradition at Mary Baldwin. It traditionally involves a party and appearance by children playing Mary and Joseph at a different home each night between December 16 and 24. Mary Baldwin’s adaptation of Las Posadas, which began in 1996, includes stopping in at several buildings on campus where celebrations range from Chanukah to Christmas in the Caribbean. Join in to take part in bringing cultural diversity to campus and encouraging students to explore holiday traditions.

Christmas Cheeris Mary Baldwin University’s pinnacle of holiday celebration. The free event will begin at 4 p.m.December 3, the same afternoon as the annual Christmas House Tour sponsored by Historic Staunton Foundation. Held in the stately First Presbyterian Church just across Frederick Street from the college’s Administration Building, Christmas Cheer will feature Mary Baldwin University’s Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Baldwin Charm, Anointed Voices of Praise, and the Greater Things Dance Ministry.