Christmas stories to aid food banks

This year audience members will hear stories by Stuart Maclean, Thomas King, O. Henry, and others.

A READING of several Christmas stories will help raise money for local food banks this weekend. That's Anna Beddie and Melanie Wilke enjoying a story.

TERRACE RESIDENTS will experience an old tradition with a new twist this year, as CBC Radio’s Carolina De Ryk and other celebrity readers treat residents to a variety of Christmas stories … new and old.

For 10 years the Christmas season was brought in with a reading of Dickens “A Christmas Carol” but this year, “Stories for the Season” will include stories from many different of writers.

“Everyone loves an evening of stories”, explains committee member, Karla Hennig, “but A Christmas Carol is a long read, and the language can be difficult. We wanted to bring some diverse flavours to the evening, while keeping the tradition alive.”

This year audience members will hear stories by Stuart Maclean, Thomas King, O. Henry, and others.

“There is such a wealth of Christmas Stories out there”, says Hennig, “from sentimental and sad to modern and very funny”.

Part of the challenge of bringing such an evening to life is to obtain copyright permission from authors. “We have been so fortunate,” says Hennig, “when the writers learned that the proceeds were to be given to local food banks, they immediately allowed us to use their stories.”

As usual, the evening begins with luscious desserts, and will be complimented by local musicians. All proceeds will be given to the Terrace Churches Food Bank and the NWCC Student Food Bank.

“This is a way to have a delightful evening, listen to music, indulge in sweets, and help the community as well”, says Hennig. “We also have some surprises in store for the audience, and some people will be going home with presents”.

“Christmas by Candlelight” will be presented on Sunday, December 18 at the Knox United Church. Dessert served at 6:30 p.m. and readings beginning at 7:00.

Tickets are $10.00 per person or $25.00 per family and available at Misty River Books




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