Plenty of Christ­mas Cheer hap­pen­ing in Rome

Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions and other events are hap­pen­ing all over Rome this week­end.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - [email protected] By John Popham

To­day’s fore­cast is pre­dict­ing a 100 per­cent chance of rain, which has made Cave Spring resched­ule its an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade, but the rain won’t be hold­ing up the nu­mer­ous in­door events hap­pen­ing around Rome this week­end.

Mu­sic per­for­mances and Christ­mas pro­duc­tions will be scat­tered through­out Floyd County in­clud­ing Christ­mas Back Home, which will fea­ture Scott Thomp­son and Brent McDon­ald as well as stu­dents from Floyd County Schools and Rome City Schools. There are two shows, one held Fri­day and an­other tonight at 7 p.m. with stu­dents from Rome Mid­dle tak­ing the stage Satur­day night. Stu­dents from Ar­muchee, Model and Coosa opened on Fri­day. Hol­i­day mu­sic and fam­ily Christ­mas tra­di­tions will be shared at this an­nual concert at the City Au­di­to­rium. Tick­ets will be $20 at the door.

Ro­mans will lace up their run­ning shoes to­day for the Jamie Strong Rome Half Marathon, Re­lay and 5K to ben­e­fit high school run­ning pro­grams. Run­ners leave the start­ing line at 8 a.m. and can treat them­selves to a pan­cake break­fast af­ter the race. The race will be­gin at State Mu­tual Sta­dium and head up the Ar­muchee Con­nec­tor then onto Old Dal­ton Road. Ex­pect road clo­sures un­til around 2 p.m.

The cur­tain will fall on Rome Lit­tle Theatre’s “Scrooge the Mu­si­cal” at the De­Soto The­ater af­ter this week­end with the fi­nal per­for­mances be­ing on Satur­day at 8 p.m. and Sun­day at 2:30 p.m. Au­di­ences can see the per­sonal jour­ney of miser Ebenezer Scrooge as he is vis­ited from the ghosts of Christ­mas Past, Present and Fu­ture. Tick­ets are $14 for stu­dents and se­niors and $12 for chil­dren.

Unity Chris­tian School will be per­form­ing “A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas” on Satur­day. In­spired by Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” char­ac­ters, Unity stu­dents will tell the story of Christ­mas through eyes of Li­nus, Lucy and, of course, Char­lie Brown. The show will be at Re­demp­tion Church on Satur­day at 2 p.m. and again at 4:30 p.m. with tick­ets on sale at the door. Adult tick­ets are $10 and stu­dent tick­ets are $5, doors will open 30 min­utes be­fore show time.

Dar­ling­ton School have its 35th an­nual Fes­ti­val of Lessons & Car­ols, which re­turns to Morris Chapel on Sun­day at 7 p.m. The per­for­mance will be led by stu­dents and will tell the Christ­mas story with mu­si­cal num­bers in be­tween nar­ra­tions. Af­ter the ser­vice the con­gre­ga­tion is in­vited to sing car­ols as the school’s Great Tree is lit. Re­fresh­ments will be served at the Cove af­ter the tree light­ing.

Fam­i­lies whose ba­bies were cared for at Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s Neona­tal In­ten­sive Care Unit will have a chance to share their ex­pe­ri­ences with oth­ers and cel­e­brate the gift of life dur­ing a pre­emie re­union on Sun­day. The event will take place in the hos­pi­tal cafe­te­ria from 2 to 4 p.m. Santa Claus is sched­uled to make an ap­pear­ance, and par­ents are en­cour­aged to bring their own cam­eras or cell­phones to get pic­tures of their chil­dren with Old Saint Nick. The event will be free, and no RSVP is re­quired. Re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided.

And lo­cal au­thor and columnist Mike Ragland will be sign­ing copies of his book “Lucy and the Ghost Train” to­day at Dog­wood Books from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lastly, take note that the an­nual Cave Spring Christ­mas Pa­rade that was sched­uled for to­day has been post­poned un­til Thurs­day at 6 p.m.

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