First Posted: 12/3/2009
ROCKFORD Sounds of the season flowed through the Rockford Methodist Church Thursday night as musicians and visitors alike joined together to celebrate the 18th annual Candlelight Christmas in Rockford.
The celebration continues tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. Hannah Holyfield, president of the Rockford Preservation Society, said the program will be completely different for tonights service, so those who were in attendance at the Thursday night service can come back for a new performance.
The Surry County Christmas tradition is sponsored by the Rockford Preservation Society and was led by Dr. Gena Poovey, professor of music at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.
Last night the program featured performances by Poovey, who was accompanied by Norma Johnson; the Zephyr Lightning Bolts; Gene Anderson and Reel Shady; and the Mount Airy Girls Chorus directed by Gena Ray.
On Friday night the music will be provided by Poovey accompanied by Johnson; guitarist Charles Bowman; Michael and Gaynell Lambert; and the Seratones Quartet.
John Calhoun, who plays fiddle with Reel Shady, said it is a joy and an honor to perform at the annual event.
It was a wonderful experience. You just feel such an appreciation from the crowd. Theres just something historic about walking into this place. The community is so welcoming and this just fills you with the spirit of Christmas, Calhoun said.
Following the musical program tonight, cookies and hot apple cider will be served in the church. The Rockford Mercantile Christmas Shop and the Yadkin River Photography Shop, both located in historic downtown, will be open prior to and after both programs.
There is no cost for the event, but Holyfield said donations are always welcome.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.