University announces holiday events
The University of South Carolina invites the public to celebrate the holidays through its annual tree lighting and choral concert.
The annual tree-lighting ceremony, in its 56th year, will take place on the historic Horseshoe at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1. Each year hundreds of students and local residents attend the festive event, which also is the culmination of USC’s annual Carolina Cares holiday service campaign. This year’s tree, a 25-foot Leland Cypress from Lexington’s Harmon Tree Farm, will feature white lights with gold, silver and red ornaments.
USC’s female student acapella group Cocktails and the “Logan Leopards,” a choral group from Logan Elementary School, will perform holiday music, while USC Dance Marathon students provide free hot chocolate. Student body president Ebbie Yazdani will make remarks and student leaders with USC’s Carolina Cares will recognize representatives from the Salvation Army and the Nurturing Center, beneficiaries of stockings and other items USC students collect throughout November to aid needy families in the Midlands.
While the tree lighting is free, student leaders this year ask that participants bring non-perishable food items to benefit Harvest Hope. Carolina Cares is sponsored by the university’s Community Service Programs and the Carolina Service Council.
The School of Music Concert Choir will hold its annual Christmas concerts Dec. 3 and Dec 5 at First Presbyterian Church and Shandon United Methodist Church, respectively. The Dec. 3 performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the church at 1324 Marion St. The latter concert will take place at 6 p.m. at the church at 3407 Devine St.
For more information about the Dec. 1 tree lighting, contact Michelle Peer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 777-7130. For more information about the choral concerts, call the School of Music at 777-5369.