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Crisscrossed walkways lined with luminaries, carved turkey and dressing served with all the trimmings, the magic of a towering Christmas tree twinkling with lights, familiar Christmas readings shared aloud and memory-stirring melodies filling the night air — this awaits all who plan to join the Barton College community for the much anticipated 2018 Lighting of the Luminaries and the Service of Lessons and Carols.
Ushering in the Christmas season, this longstanding Barton tradition will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The surrounding community is invited to join the festive celebration.
There is no charge for the outdoor or choir programs, and there is only a minimal charge for those planning to join the dinner celebration.
The holiday celebration will begin with a candlelit dinner served in the Hamlin Student Center Dining Hall at 5 p.m. Cost for the meal is $8 for adults and $5 for children and students not on the meal plan.
At 4 p.m., Barton students will begin lighting more than 2,000 luminaries across 32 acres of the main campus. At 6 p.m., students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends of the college will join members from the greater Wilson community in front of the Aileen and Bill Parish Plaza, outside Howard Chapel on center campus, for the blessing and lighting of the Christmas tree. The outdoor program will include brief remarks by Barton College President Douglas N. Searcy and Chaplain David Finnegan-Hosey, as well as musical selections by students.
Immediately following the blessing and lighting of the tree, participants will move to Howard Chapel for the annual Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols featuring the Barton College Choir led by music director Mark Peterson. The musical selections will be interspersed with readings of Scripture by members of the Barton community. Finnegan-Hosey will preside over the program.