Harrogate, Tennessee, November 8, 2019—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will kick off the holiday season on Thursday, November 14, with a full slate of activities and events, including the Women of Service Christmas Festival, the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and a concert by the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra (KSCO). This year, the festivities will center in and around the Tex Turner Arena on the main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. The concert will be the culmination of a day-long docket of holiday events for the community.
“Our annual Christmas events are happening ahead of Thanksgiving this year due to the University’s busy calendar,” LMU Vice President for University Advancement Cynthia Whitt said. “These are some of our best-attended events of the year and I look forward to our community joining us to get the season started.”
The day will start with the LMU Women of Service (WOS) Christmas Festival. The annual fundraiser features holiday shopping around the upper concourse of the Arena from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Local vendors will be on hand with jewelry, skin care, clothing, crafts and more. The WOS will offer hot meals including barbecue, chili and baked potatoes, soup, chips, drink and dessert for $5 beginning at 11 a.m. Dine in or carry out is available. All proceeds benefit LMU’s Women of Service organization, which supports students and provides cultural opportunities for students at LMU. For more information, contact Regina Burns at 423.869.6255.
The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Tex Turner Arena. The program will include Christmas carols, a reading of the Christmas story and the annual countdown to the lighting of LMU’s holiday lights. Carols will be led by Kristy Bay and Soldiers Memorial Middle School sixth grader Jaylen Pressnell.
LMU, the City of Harrogate and the KSCO have partnered for 16 years to bring the annual Christmas concert to the Tri-State community. Admission is free with a donation to the Mission of Hope Christmas campaign.
The concert will start at 7 p.m. in Tex Turner Arena. The LMU Choir, under the direction of Dr. Young Kim, will join the KSCO on four selections including the audience sing-along. The KSCO is a smaller ensemble of Knoxville Symphony musicians who perform in smaller venues. The mission of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) is to develop and sustain a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic standards and to reach East Tennessee audiences of all ages by providing excellence in musical performance and education programs. The community concerts will feature traditional and popular holiday music.
In conjunction with the holiday celebrations, LMU will once again be collecting items for the non-profit charity Mission of Hope (MOH). The organization’s Christmas Campaign focuses on providing food, new clothing, hygiene items, books and new toys to needy families throughout rural Appalachia. MOH serves many communities close to LMU and funds several scholarship opportunities for LMU students. A complete list of items needed can be found at www.missionofhope.org.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at [email protected].