MASON — One of the largest yearly Christmas events in the Bend Area will take place Sunday when more than 230 students take the stage to help the less fortunate.
The Annual Bend Area C.A.R.E. Concert will be in the Wahama High School gymnasium beginning at 2 p.m. All proceeds from the concert will be used by the C.A.R.E. organization to buy meals and gifts for the “Kids for Christmas” program.
Featured during the concert will be the New Haven Elementary School Chorus, Tiger Music Orff Ensemble, Wahama High School visual arts department, Wahama Chorus, Wahama Concert Band, and private piano students.
Admission for the event is $3 per person, or $5 for a family. Following the concert, poinsettias used to decorate the stage will be sold for $10 each.
According to Rachel Reynolds, one of the event organizers, the concert usually generates about $1,500. She added the students are hoping to top that amount this year.
Reynolds said there will be many highlights to this year’s concert. The New Haven Elementary Chorus will be performing a play, “The Penguin Christmas.” Fifth-grade pianist Hailey Darst will be accompanying the chorus on one number, which is quite an accomplishment for someone so young, Reynolds said. The chorus will also be featuring several students on handbells.
More than 40 students from the visual arts department will be showing their artwork. Many items will be on display in the hallway, while others will be featured on a slideshow.
The 72-member high school chorus will present six numbers, including a special arrangement of “Breath of Heaven.” The selection will feature soloist Adrianna Boswell as Mary. A live band will provide music for the high school chorus.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.