Curtain Call

Curtain Call with Tom Toney.

Nose to nose, nose to nose, What do you do when your lips are froze?  Nose to nose, nose to nose, That's Merry Christmas to the Eskimos."

Ah, Christmas time in the frozen tundra!   And if you're a little shaky on how they celebrate Christmas way up yonder, never fear.  Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe has prepared a special treat - Christmas in Other Lands!

Not only will you learn about how the Eskimos handle Xmas greetings, but you'll also learn about Mexican children striking a piñata, Yugoslavian children tying their mother up to a chair and making people pay to set her free, French folks enjoying liver pie and black pudding and how Grandpa's gone "Pupule" over in Hawaii just before Christmas.

Mervin enlists a very reluctant Sanders Family into his grand presentation and happily provides them with leis, festive hats, and harpoons.  Well, Mervin handles the harpoon.  My guess is that if Sanders family patriarch Burl had one in his hand, he'd use it on the over-zealous pastor to put the rest of his family out of their misery.

But you won't be in misery as you enjoy this and numerous other routines, songs and stories starting next Thursday evening, December 12, as the Milledgeville Players present "A Sanders Family Christmas".  

All Mount Pleasant Baptist Church needs now - well, other than something to get rid of the constant smell of pickles - is the congregation.  And of course, that's you.  Come on out and get ready to laugh, cry and sing.  And that's just to get them to open the doors at the Pecan Grove Church located at 252 Swint Avenue.  Once inside, you'll even be encouraged to sing along with the cast on some of the better-known Christmas songs being performed.  And for a special treat, try singing the same songs that the cast is singing!

Shows are December 12 - 15.   Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 pm while the Sunday meeting is at 2:00 pm - make sure to wear good socks since there will be a foot washing.

Pleasant Pickle love offerings are accepted in the amount of $15 per pew sitter.  You can take care of that by going to

But there are quite a few holiday events taking place before a “Sanders Family Christmas” so let’s take a look into the foggy crystal ball and see what’s coming up.

This Thursday, December 5, the Georgia Military College Fine Arts program will present a Holiday Cabaret.

Various singers will be presenting such holiday faves as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Santa Baby”.

Who knows?  Maybe they’ll combine the two and do that always festive version of “Baby, Why is Santa Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”.

The Grinch will also be in attendance along with his entourage of Whos from Whoville.   They will start roaming thru the realms of Whoville (also known as the Goldstein Center) starting at 6:30 pm for photo opportunities.

In addition, a children’s sing-a-long is also planned for 6:30.  Sing along with the Grinch! It will be just like the old days of Sing along with Mitch.

The actual cabaret will start at 7 pm.  Location, as was hinted at two paragraphs ago, will be the Goldstein Center on the GMC campus.  The program is free and open to the public.

The very next day, Friday, December 6, will be the day for the Georgia College Holiday Concert, presented by the GC Music Department.

The entire music department gets together for this romping and soul-stirring holiday tradition—featuring Georgia College’s Brass, Guitar and Flute Ensembles, Wind Symphony, Saxophone Quartet, Woodwind Quintet, Jazz Band, Max Noah Singers, The Cat’s Meow, Women’s Ensemble, University Chorus, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. 

Get in the holiday spirit with heartwarming songs like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Mary Did You Know” and “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker. New favorites include “Text Me Merry Christmas,” “Te Harinui (Great Joy)” and “Night of Silence.” 

This is always a very popular event and tickets ARE required.   A donation is strongly encouraged but the actual tickets are free.  You can reserve your tickets by going to or by giving a call to 478-445-8289 during normal business hours.

Location will be Russell Auditorium and the starting time for the trumpets to sound and the angelic hosts to sing will be 7:30 pm.

Because everyone knows how much fun it can be to try to find parking around Russell, a complimentary golf cart shuttle will run between Russell and the Peabody parking lot which is located at the corner of North Liberty and Montgomery Streets.

Yes, there’s a virtual plethora of holiday treats in store.  So...."Bring on arctic breezes, no fear of frozen knee-es, When they want to say thanks for their gifts, Rubbing noses instead of a kiss".

Catch you on the flip side.


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