OHIO VALLEY — With the holiday season upon the region, here is a list of some of the upcoming happenings in both Meigs and Gallia County.
The University of Rio Grande Masterworks Chorale will present its annual fall performance Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. in the John W. Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center. The performance this year will be a rendition of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols featuring soloists Racquel Sims and Adelynne Michaels. The Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Sarin Williams, will also feature guest musician Sally Kelton. Kelton is a professional harpist from Kentucky and will be an artist in residence with the university this week.
Operation Dear Hero is back underway. Last year, 1st Sgt. Don Walker and his wife Jennifer Walker worked with the American Red Cross to send roughly 1,000 cards gathered from the community to active service members overseas. This year, the pair are collecting holiday cards for local service members. With the help of VFW Post 4464, the Walkers will hand deliver cards and visit with local service members to brighten the holiday of local veterans. Those volunteering cards are asked to remember to thank veterans for their service as well as wish them a merry Christmas. Cards can be collected at Gallia Academy Middle School or sent to Ratliff Pool Center through Friday, Dec. 2.
In Pomeroy,Christmas Along the River will take place on Sunday. Nov. 27. The annual Christmas parade will take place at 2 p.m. Line up for the parade will be at 1 p.m. at the Pomeroy ball fields. All entries are welcome. For more information contact Toney Dingess at 740-591-2260.
In addition to the parade, the merchants in Pomeroy will be hosting an open house from noon to 4 p.m. that day. Following the parade, Santa will be at Peoples Bank in Pomeroy.
Gallipolis in Lights will be holding its 2016 Galla at the Elks Lodge Dec. 1. The event will start a 6 p.m. with social hour and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Comers can expect an evening filled with fine dining, spirits and Christmas favorites performed by John Eric Booth.
The actual lighting ceremony for Gallipolis in Lights will be held in City Park with pre-ceremony activities at 5:30 p.m., including drinks and refreshments. Admission is free. Entertainment will begin on the stage at 6 p.m.
The Our House Tavern is having an open house holiday event also around the time of the lighting ceremony. Tours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. with live music in the ballroom by Kendra Ward (dulcimer) and Robert Bence (guitar). A Pup and A Cup Tea Co. will have a variety of teas to sample. Cookies and hot chocolate will also be served. The Gallia Academy Madrigals will be singing Christmas Carols in front of the tavern. This is all free to the public.
The Meigs County Extension Office will be holding the 9th annual Holiday Program, “Spreading Christmas Cheer” on Thursday, Dec. 1. Make and take craft, indoor pine tree, food samplings and door prizes. One class is at 11 a.m. and the second class at 6 p.m. at the Meigs County Extension Office located at 113 E Memorial Drive, Suite E, Pomeroy. Preregistration is required and the cost is $25 per person. For more information call 740-992-6696.
Saturday, Dec. 3 will be the annual Christmas Celebration in the Village of Middleport hosted by the Middleport Community Association. The day will begin with the Christmas Market running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riverbend Arts Council building. There will be two cash drawings awarded at the end of the day.
In addition, there will be free carriage rides for the public from 1:30-4 p.m. loading beside the Riverbend Arts Council building. The community band will perform a concert outside of the Arts Council Building beginning at 4 p.m. until the parade begins at 4:30 p.m. Parade lineup takes place at 4 p.m. at Dairy Queen and along Front Street.
Following the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Arts Council Building to visit with the children.
The Gallipolis Christmas Parade will be held on Second Avenue, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. Santa will be available to speak with children afterwards in the Santa House in City Park.
The Ohio Valley Symphony will host its annual Christmas show the same Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Ariel-Ann Carson Performing Arts Centre on Second Avenue in Gallipolis.