BSCC hosting holiday concert and tree lighting
by Briana Webster
Dec 05, 2013 | 1492 views | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Tuesday afternoon, Bevill State Community College SGA members, from left, Joshua Cook, Jessica Cook, Hunter Holland and Rachel Sweigard, and Walker High School student Rashaad Pendleton, prepare for this evening’s Holiday Concert and Tree Lighting ceremony, which will be held on the Jasper campus quad in front of the dormitories from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Daily Mountain Eagle photo-Briana Webster
On Tuesday afternoon, Bevill State Community College SGA members, from left, Joshua Cook, Jessica Cook, Hunter Holland and Rachel Sweigard, and Walker High School student Rashaad Pendleton, prepare for this evening’s Holiday Concert and Tree Lighting ceremony, which will be held on the Jasper campus quad in front of the dormitories from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Daily Mountain Eagle photo-Briana Webster
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Bevill State Community College in Jasper will be hosting its inaugural Holiday Concert and Tree Lighting ceremony from 5 to 6 p.m. today on the quad in front of the dormitories.

Tiqua Gator, who is the testing and ADA coordinator and orientation instructor at the Jasper campus, said she hopes the ceremony will be “the start of something that will continue and grow” each year. Gator is also the sponsor of the Student Government Association which will be hosting the event.

“We’re just really trying to get into the holiday spirit and spread holiday cheer throughout the community as well as the college,” Gator said.

The idea for a tree lighting ceremony started with a single tree to spruce up the scenery in the open area. From there it grew into a full program where Bevill State’s President Dr. Anne McNutt will give the welcome; dean of the Jasper campus Penne Mott will be speaking, and dean of students Kim Ennis will give the closing remarks. The centerpiece, which is a 12 foot tree donated by Clear Creek Christmas Tree Farm in Jasper, ties together with the four anchoring trees.

Local singing acts — such as the Cook Family, a youth choir led by Antwain Satterfield, the Walker High School jazz ensemble and special guest singer Evie Moore — will be performing while surrounded by brilliant Christmas lights that don the evergreens.

Refreshments of hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the ceremony. Kids also can drop off their “Dear Santa” letters at tonight’s gathering. Gator said if the event is met with light rain, they will continue to host the concert and lighting. However, if storms arise, the ceremony will be canceled.

“Next year we want to plan on doing, more so, a festival of trees and get local businesses involved where they can put their own tree up,” Gator said. “Then, maybe [we can] do a competition with who has the best or most decorated tree ... but that’s a way to get our community involved as well.”

Mott is excited that Bevill’s Jasper campus is holding the ceremony, and she would like for everyone who can to attend.

“I would like to personally invite everyone out. We’re going to have a tree lighting ceremony, along with some community choirs,” Mott said. “[With it being] our first annual celebration, I would love to see a huge community turnout to support the college and our students.” 

“We have to start from somewhere, and hopefully it will grow. I just hope it turns out to be great and that we don’t get rained out,” Gator said. “The purpose is to spread holiday cheer, allow our students, faculty, staff and the community to come out and enjoy local music and entertainment. ... It’s about fellowshipping, getting together, appreciating and reflecting back on the reason for the season.”