Ste. Geneviève holidays are in full swing | Local
Those who are nostalgic for Christmases of yesteryear – truly yesteryear – will want to visit the French colonial town of Ste. GeneviÃ¨ve this weekend.
The two-day Holiday Christmas Festival begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with croquignoles – a kind of donut with a twist – at the Dr. Shaw House before the 11 a.m. parade in the Historic District, and from there, the event explodes into dozens of concerts, tales, magic demonstrations, reenactments, special meals and drinks, conferences, concerts and shopping, shopping, shopping. The evening ends with a 6 p.m. lighting of the community Christmas tree, with Christmas carols and appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Sunday activities begin after church, with multiple concerts starting at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., performances given at venues across the city.
On both days, the Ste. The Genevieve Art Guild Christmas Show will be open in the historic museum building 310 Merchant Street, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, historic sites, museums, art galleries and shops will be open. Almost all activities, concerts, demonstrations or lectures are free.
Annette Rolfe, organizer of the Holiday Christmas Festival, said she has attended holiday celebrations in many towns, but Ste. Genevieve’s stands out for the variety and caliber of the musicians who perform there.
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âMost of the artists who come from out of town are either student prodigies from major universities or teacher prodigies, like many of our award-winning professors, such as Dr. Isaac Lausell who leads the trio of Latin jazz groups. ” she said. âWe also have the Southeast Missouri String Quartet. They are all symphonic artists and conductors who come every year.
Once the croquignoles are gone and the parade has taken its turn, the free shuttles start, with trips every 15 minutes from Market Street to Lions Park. Lions Park is where you can get free photos with Santa Claus and free hot dogs for kids 12 and under, as well as chili and hot chocolate. Vernon Flief will perform traditional country and Christmas tunes to keep spirits alive.
If the kids want a few quieter activities, from noon to 4 p.m., that’s also when Friends of Ste. The Genevieve Library offers a story hour in front of Anvil, 46 Third St. From noon to 2 p.m. in front of the Orris Theater, 265 Merchant St., kids can create Christmas crafts.
At 1 p.m., for just one show, magician Bruce Dyvig will mystify and entertain with his magical feats at Ste. Learning center at the MusÃ©e GeneviÃ¨ve in the educational room at 360, rue Market. At the same time, the Sud-Est Chamber Choir will perform pieces from the Renaissance period to contemporary holiday selections at the Catholic Church, 49, place du Bourg. The Southeast Missouri String Quartet will perform at Holy Cross 200 Market St. Lutheran Church, featuring Austro-German music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic period. Those who like more swinging Christmas music can stop by Music Art Love, 199 N. Main St., or check out the sax soloist at the Jean Baptiste Valle House, 99 S. Main St.
At 2 p.m. there will be rehearsals of the chamber choir, string quartet, jazz trio and saxophone solo. Do-it-yourselfers will want to attend the free paper watermark art demonstration and create their own crafts at the Dr. Shaw House, Merchant and 2sd Streets. For a single lecture, at the Center for French Colonial Life in the boardroom, French Colonial American Executive Director Geoff Giglierano will represent Pere Sebastian Louis Meurin in a âfirst-personâ program exploring the faith in 18e French colonial century of upper Louisiana, and the intersection of European and Native American spirituality.
Also at 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., the Felix Valle House site at 198 Merchant Street will host LeReveillon, a French Christmas celebrating the music, food, customs and traditions of the early 1800s. , with historic dulcimer music.
From 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., for a single performance, a pipe organ concert will be given at the Catholic Church by a professor from the University of Southeast Missouri, featuring 19e and 20e classical music of the century and Christmas tunes. A free acoustic guitar concert will be given at the Orris Theater.
At 4 p.m., Bob Mueller will give a talk on the 18the French century Ste. GeneviÃ¨ve NoÃ«l and 19e German Century Christmas at the Dr. Shaw House, Merchant and 2sd Streets. A reception at Maison Guibourd on the 4the and Merchant Streets will feature elegant appetizers and colonial Christmas decorations, with baroque notes of violin music playing in the background. In the historic museum building located at 316 Merchant Street, the Ste. Genevieve Art Guild will have a reception with a solo cello performance.
At 6 p.m., the Visitor Center at 66 Main Street is the location of the community Christmas tree lighting ceremony, featuring Santa Claus and Ms. Claus, performances by the French Singers. with Bill and Patti Naeger, and the Ste. Madrigal choir from the LycÃ©e GeneviÃ¨ve. At the First Presbyterian Church on 160 St. Main St., Christmas carols will be sung in front of a live Bethlehem Nativity scene.
After church, music lovers will want to attend a number of free concerts throughout the city that run from around 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Starting at 12:30 p.m., music from the Impressionist period will be performed by a solo violin at the Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St., and Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 200 Market St., Dr. Isaac Lausell, SIU -Carbondale School of Music, will give a classical guitar concert featuring 500 years of French, Italian, Spanish and American music. Rivertown Sounds Quartet Band will perform old-fashioned barber music in front of Magnolias at 60 3e St.
At 1:30 p.m., the violin and classical guitar concerts will resume, and at 305 Merchant St., the Southeast Missouri State University Steel Drum Group will perform a repertoire of Caribbean Christmas, jazz, funk, popular and classics at the DuBourg Center. , 305 Merchant St. Anyone missing the steel drum group can try the concert rehearsal at 2:30 p.m.
At 3 p.m., Celtic artist Chadie Fruehwald will perform a solo harp performance with classical, Celtic and Christmas music at the Ste. GeneviÃ¨ve Catholic Church, 49 Place DuBourg.
The concerts end with the 4 p.m. performance of the Ste. Genevieve Municipal Band Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the Catholic Church.
Sarah Haas is the associate editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at 573-518-3617 or [email protected]