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A Winter Musical Tradition Returns

The annual performance of Handel’s Messiah has been an Ursinus tradition since 1938. Tickets are available for Dec. 6 and 7 performances. Saturday’s performance caps Borough festivities.

Tickets are on sale for the Ursinus College performances of The Messiah, a longstanding winter tradition in historic Bomberger auditorium on the campus. The Dec. 6 performance caps a day of festive events in Collegeville Borough.

Messiah tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students with ID. Online reservations can be made at www.ursinus.edu/tickets. For more information, call the box office at 610-409-3030, and your call will be returned during business hours.

George Frideric Handel’s oratorio is conducted by Ursinus Music Professor John French, holder of the Heefner chair of Music, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. It is sung by the College Choir and Meistersingers accompanied by musicians and college Organist Alan Morrison. Solists are Leslie Johnson, soprano; Robert O’Neil, countertenor; Kenneth Garner, tenor, Reginald Pindell, bass; and Mark Huxsoll, trumpet. Dr. French is on the harpsichord.

The Messiah follows Collegeville’s tree lighting, 5K Jingle Jog and Santa’s arrival.

The Jingle Jog 5K Race starts at 3 p.m. at Collegeville Station on W. Third Ave., and then winds through the streets of Collegeville and the Perkiomen Trail. Registration for the race begins at 2 p.m.  Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers and to males and females in the following age groups: Under 19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over (overall winners not eligible for age group awards). Tee-shirts will be given to all participants who register while supplies last.  Details and registration will be available date at www.collegevilledevelopment.org

A Holiday Bazaar will be open in the lobby of Collegeville Station, where non-racers can enjoy searching for unique gifts and hot mid-afternoon barbeque with hot and cold refreshments served up by the volunteers of the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation.

From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  those attending can enjoy carol singing by the performers of The Community Music School and The Dance Depot, along with other local musical talent. Those attending can also show off their pitching skills in the Snowball Throw Contest and take part in holiday-themed competitions.

Santa will arrive at 4:30 p.m.to light the Christmas tree. Race winners will be announced at 5 p.m. At 5 p.m. the crowd is invited to DaVinci’s Pub where those over age 21 can enjoy a reception.

At the event, donations of new kids’ clothes are sought for “Cradles to Crayons” https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/

This event is organized for the community by the non-profit Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC); for information, visit www.collegevilledevelopment.org