Flurry of Events Kick Off Christmas Season

WILMORE, Ky. — Since returning from Thanksgiving break, Asbury University has embraced the beginning of the Christmas 2012 season in ways both expected and unique.

Dr. Marcia Hurlow read an Advent poem during Songs of the Season.
Dr. Marcia Hurlow read an Advent poem during Songs of the Season.

“Songs of the Season,” an interdepartmental celebration of both music and literature, brought students and community members together on campus. Several of Asbury’s chamber music groups played a selection that ranged from contemporary Christmas carols to Baroque string arrangements. English faculty members spanned a similarly broad survey by reading poems and excerpts of other written works between the songs.

“I love being part of a team that puts on the program,” said Dr. Marcia Hurlow, professor in Asbury’s English and Communication Arts departments. “Drs. Bea and Ron Holz have been doing this for 14 years, but they also find a new angle to make it fresh.  The jazz band, playing during the reception under Dr. Flanigan's direction, was a wonderful addition this year.”

While music and poetry filled the air on campus, the quiet clop-clop of hooves on sand provided a soundtrack for the Horsemanship Ministry class’s annual “Christmas in the Country” presentation. The program took the story of the Nativity back to its original setting — a barn — as Asbury’s horses and students performed for hundreds of visitors to the Asbury University Equine Center.

Christmas in the Country took place at the Asbury Equine Center.
Christmas in the Country took place at the Asbury Equine Center.

“This was for ‘the audience of One’ — we were putting this on for God's glory,” sophomore Anna Andrews said. “Knowing that we had an opportunity to reach out to the community around us in a really unique way, using the creatures we love, was a very powerful and impacting experience.”

Saturday night, several different campus groups took to the streets to participate in Wilmore’s Old-Fashioned Christmas. While music groups such as the Jazz Ensemble performed in venues throughout town, other students distributed hot chocolate and established ornament-decorating stations inside Kinlaw Library. Earlier that afternoon, a screening of “Christmas Angel,” a feature film written by Asbury alum Andrea Gyertson ’95 Nasfell, reminded viewers that the magic of Christmas is best seen through the eyes of faith.

Christmas at Asbury will continue on Dec. 7 when sand artist Joe Castillo demonstrates his unique interpretation of the Christmas story through light and music. Click here for more details and information about this sold-out event.

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