Singing George Frederick Handel's glorious "Hallelujah chorus has become a joyous tradition at South Carroll High School's annual Holiday Concert each December.
This custom will continue on Tuesday evening, when former members of South Carroll's chorus are invited from the audience to sing in heavenly harmony with this year's chorus.
Kevin King, who has been vocal music teacher at South Carroll since 1982, invites all of his former students to attend the 7:30 p.m. concert, as well as students of former South Carroll chorus directors Peggy Leatherwood Brengle, Ross Merryman and Florence Koepple.
The choral concert will feature songs of the season punctuated with bits of history and information about the music provided by Mr. King. Performing at the concert will be South Carroll's Madrigals, Advanced Chorus, Ladies Ensemble, Boys' Featured Chorus, the Full Chorus and Orchestra.
The concert is free and open to the public but donations in any amount will be greatly appreciated, according to Mr. King.
Refreshments will be sold by Chorus Boosters to help with expenses of the May 1993 trip to New York, when South Carroll students will have the opportunity to sing at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
After a very successful marching season, the members of South Carroll High School's Symphonic and Concert Bands and Jazz Ensemble have been devoting their energies to preparing for their Holiday Concert in the school gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
"Symphonic Dance No. 3" and "Under the Double Eagle March" are two scheduled pieces that the members of the Symphonic Band are excited about, according band director Brad Collins. Christmas music will be featured in the performances of the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, he said. The two-hour concert is free and open to the public.
Mr. Collins also encouraged those attending the chorus and band concerts to enjoy South Carroll's annual Holiday Art Show, held in the school lobby on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In addition to piles of pancakes and simmering sausage, Sunday's all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Mount Airy Firemen's Activity Building will feature a special guest.
Santa Claus will visit the fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., according to event chairwoman Donna Melin.
The Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company's Big Country Breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to noon at Twin Arch Road and Route 27 in Mount Airy. In addition to pancakes and Wagners' Pride sausage, the morning feast will offer scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, pudding, hominy, biscuits, hot apples, orange juice, coffee and milk.
The cost will be $4 for adults; $2 for children 6 to 12 years; and free for the 5-and-under crowd. Proceeds from the breakfasts go toward the cost of the new Mount Airy fire station.
Area residents will have the opportunity to tour that facility and see the official housing of the apparatus.
The station's Dedication Ceremony and Open House begins at 2 p.m. on Jan. 3.
The next several months will be a time of transition for Mount Airy Elementary students, who will be redistricted to Winfield Elementary School beginning with the 1993-1994 school year.
While the decision on the attendance boundaries between the two schools is not expected to be finalized until the Board of Education meeting in January, up to 179 students could be affected by the redistricting decision.
Winfield Elementary's Parent Teacher Association will hold an Open House at the newly expanded and modernized school from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. This event provides a great opportunity for all students and their parents who may be affected by the redistricting decision to become familiar with the facility.
Mount Airy Elementary School PTA President Michele Kantruss, whose children will attend Winfield next fall, has agreed to head a transition committee to be organized after the boundaries have been announced. Other activities to recognize the children and many parent volunteers who are leaving Mount Airy Elementary School are being planned for spring.
The fourth and fifth grades at Twin Ridge Elementary in Mount Airy will present the school's Winter Program at 7 p.m. on Monday.
A brief general PTA membership meeting to vote on the association's newly revised budget will precede the program.
Parents and guardians are also reminded to respond as soon as possible to the survey about the school's Computer Night planned for Jan. 26, so the program may be planned for two evenings if needed due to limited space in the computer labs.