Christmas Candlelight Tours Dec. 7 at Historic Brattonsville

December 2, 2013 


‘Frolic’ reception

Vernon Grant’s “Winter Frolic: Santas, Snow and Scenes of Winter” reception, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Renowned illustrator and creator of Kellogg’s “Snap! Crackle! Pop!,” Grant built his reputation on his signature gnomes, jolly Santas and his whimsical approach to illustration. Along with Grant’s favorite subject, Santa Claus, this year’s ChristmasVille exhibit will feature skiers, snowmen and winter scenes that graced the covers of some of America’s most popular magazines of the times. More than 40 of Grant’s images are on display through Dec. 29 in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. Exhibiting concurrently to Grant’s Winter Frolic is the York County High School Art Show, with awards sponsored by the Yorkville Artists’ Guild. 803-328-2787,


At the Abbey

Abbey’s Holiday Concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 6, Abbey Basilica, Belmont, N.C., presented by Abbey chorus, voice and instrumental students. The program includes music from medieval times to the 20th century. Music from Austria, Spain, Poland and holiday favorites will be part of the show. Music for audience participation accompanied by the basilica organ is a highlight of the concert. Karen Hite Jacob directs the chorus and accompanies. Sam Stowe of Belmont is instrumental ensemble director. Admission is free; donations accepted.


Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers and includes garden admission. Advance reservations required. 704-829-1252

Candlelight tour

Christmas Candlelight Tours at Historic Brattonsville, 3-9 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, Brattonsville Road. Christmas Candlelight Tours will feature five theatrical venues throughout the site. The running theme will be the joy and excitement of Christmas, and examining where holiday traditions originated and how they came to be enjoyed in the Carolina Piedmont. A historically-dressed St. Nicolas will share history of Santa Claus and visit with children. From 3-6 p.m., dip your own candle, make paper ornaments and string a popcorn garland. Brass Quartet play traditional Christmas melodies 6-9 pm. The Friends of Historic Brattonsville will have hot drinks, seasonal foods home-baked goods for sale. Admission: $10 for adults; seniors, $8; youths 4-17, $5; 3 and younger and CHM members, free.

Photo lights

Photographing Holiday Lights, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, learn how to improve the quality of photos taken at night, then practice your new-found skills in the garden surrounded by more than a half-million lights. Cost: $50 for members; $60 for nonmembers. 704-829-1252,


Holiday tea

Holiday Tea, 1-2:25 p.m. and 2:45-4 p.m. Dec. 8, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C. In addition to trying and learning about teas, visitors may pair teas with snacks. Sponsored by Savannah’s Tea Room in Fort Mill. Gift baskets and other tea-related items will be for sale. Cost: $22 for members, $25 for nonmembers; includes garden admission. Advance reservations required. 704-829-1252.

Holiday concert

“A Celebration of Carols” featuring Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and “Concert Settings of Best Loved Carols of the Nativity,” 4 p.m. Dec. 8, Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University, Rock Hill. The York County Choral Society and Chamber Singers with special guest Rock Hill Elementary Honors Choir. Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 seniors, 62 and older; $5, students with ID. 803-547-2008;

Home tour

Christmas Historic Clover Tour, 2-6 p.m. Dec. 8, presented by Clover Woman’s Club. 803-222-7533

Make cards

Papercrafting: Holiday Cards, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 8, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C. Instructed by Suzanne Patz, make handmade cards using papercrafting techniques including rubber stamping. Cost: $18 for members; $22 for nonmembers, plus $5 materials fee. 704-829-1252;

Book sale

Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale, 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 8, York County Library, 138 E. Black St., Rock Hill. The sale offers gift-quality, gently-used books, including fiction and nonfiction books, holiday titles, and children’s books, all at bargain prices. This event is part of 803-981-5837,


Graham library

“Christmas at the Library” celebration through Dec. 23, Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, N.C. Events include horse-drawn carriage rides, story time for children, live music from carolers, display of live Nativity and more. Library hours are 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thrusday and 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m, with Christmas activities beginning at 5 p.m. Pet animals from the live nativity from noon to 2 p.m. each day. Throughout the day, visitors may tour “The Journey of Faith,” the main presentation of the library, which covers the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham. After 3 p.m., there is a $10 parking fee per vehicle. Admission to the library is free; additional costs apply for carriage rides and Christmas dinner, served Thursday-Saturday at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters. Reservations required for dinner. The library will close Jan. 6-11 for maintenance and reopen Jan. 13. 704-401-3200;

Garden lights

Holidays at the Garden through Dec. 31, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C. The garden glows with half a million LED lights in the lighting display turned on at 5 p.m. nightly, plus festivities in the Visitor Center and Orchid Conservatory, along with servings of hot drinks and treats offered from Belmont’s Caravan Coffee. On the Four Season Garden’s lawn, guests can enjoy live entertainment Thursday through Sunday featuring a cappella groups like Queen City Groove, gospel groups like Lake Norman Baptist Church, jazz ensembles, hand bell choirs and more. Holiday events also scheduled. Admission: $12 for adults; $11 for seniors, ages 60 and older; and $6, children ages 4-12. The garden opens at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and is closed Christmas Day.

World’s Fairs

“Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939” exhibit through Jan. 19, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, N.C. See about 200 examples of glass, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, precious metalwork and textiles displayed at the world’s fairs between London’s Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in London in 1851 and New York’s World’s Fair in 1939. Admission: $10, adults; free to children younger than age 18 with paying adult. 704-337-2011;

On exhibit

“The First Carolinians: The Life & Times of the First Cultures in the Palmetto State,” through March 1, Fort Mill History Museum, 310 N. White St., Fort Mill. 803-802-3646,

Photo exhibition

“Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer,” through June 29, Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N.C. Made up of about 100 photographs from Photo League members.


Neuropathy workshop

Peripheral Neuropathy workshop, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Infinite Wellness, 1698 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. Presented by Dr. Richard Schaffer Jr. Free, but seating is limited. 803-547-4343


Holiday Bingo Bash, 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Lake Wylie Public Library. Teens in grades six-12 will enjoy music, snacks and bingo to win prizes. Registration required. 803-831-7774

Jazz show

Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative holiday show, “The Music of Vince Guaraldi,” 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 10, Blumenthal Booth Playhouse at Founders Hall, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, N.C. Includes a catered reception and silent auction 5:30-6:30 p.m. Guaraldi is best known for his score to “Charlie Brown” TV specials and movies including “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Five of Charlotte’s top jazz pianists – Chad Lawson, Mark Stallings, Lovell Bradford, Bill Hanna and Charles Craig – along with an ensemble of regional musicians and vocalists, will be playing the music of the legendary composer and other holiday classics. Tickets: $20 in advance. VIP tickets: $50, include artist meet-and-greet with complimentary beverages. 704-372-1000;

Holiday stories

Family Holiday Story Time, 6 p.m. Dec. 12, Lake Wylie Public Library. Children ages 12 and younger and their families are invited for stories and songs of the season. Children may wear pajamas and visit with Santa. No registration required. 803-831-7774

Music in York

N.C. Baroque Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York, sponsored by Murray and Hazel Somerville and The Men’s Shop. Tickets: $10; free with valid student ID. 803-684-2590;

Home tour

31st annual Christmas in Olde York Holiday Tour of Historic Homes, Dec. 14-15, York. Times: 4-8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 3-7 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets: $10, available in advance and on tour days at Greater York Chamber of Commerce, 23 E. Liberty St., Garden Cafe in York, and Good Things Consignment and More in Clover. 803-684-2590,

Love lights

Animal Adoption League’s Love Lights, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 14, Lakeview Acres Pond on Celanese Road, Rock Hill. For 18 years, AAL has helped people honor people or pets who have passed. Rain date is Dec. 15. Luminarias will be placed around the lake and lit beginning at 5 p.m. They will be in alphabetical order by last name. Spectators are encouraged to come out and enjoy a cup of hot cider and homemade treats while they walk the path reading the names of loved ones. Cost: $4 per luminaria. For $1 more, an acknowledgment card can be sent so someone so they will know a candle has been lit for them.

Christmas story

Christmas at St. Mary’s, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14, St. Mary’s Chapel, 1129 E. Third St., Charlotte, N.C., presented by Carolina Pro Musica. Hear the story of the birth of Jesus from the anticipation through the visit of the wise men and more. This year’s program features medieval and renaissance music with readings of the season and carols for all to sing. Instruments include harp, harpsichord, recorders, guitar and viola da gamba plus voices. Tickets: $15, $7.50 for students and seniors. Reservations recommended. 704-334-3468,

Winter Concert

The Charlotte Pride Band Winter Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. The program will feature seasonal favorites performed by small ensembles of Charlotte Pride Band including the jazz band, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, clarinet choir, sax ensemble, brass choir, trumpet choir and trombone quartet. Snack and school supplies donations are requested for Freedom and Sterling elementary schools. Admission is free.

Garden guide

Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. Dec. 21, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C. Join staff on a custom tour of the garden. Guides will highlight what’s in bloom, seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252;

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