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’Tis the season

at Manchester College


From stirring classical music to its traditional tree decorating frenzy to a fascinating Nativity display to its popular Christmas carol sing-a-long – Manchester College will share a December full of holiday celebrations with the community.

The college is proud to host the annual holiday concert of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. This year, three choirs – from Warsaw, the North Manchester community and the college – join the orchestra for traditional holiday music and an audience sing-a-long. The venue is Cordier Auditorium, which already is decked out with a rather unusual display of decorated trees.

Throughout the month, the Festival of Trees will fill the Cordier Auditorium lobby with the creative decorating of two dozen student organizations and College departments. The Chemistry Department’s tree never fails to surprise visitors, who also will be treated to more traditional decorations, as well as themes reflecting the work of the organizations and departments. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, the public is invited to join voting for favorite decorations at a reception in the Cordier lobby.

Visitors to campus also will want to visit Link Gallery at the new Wine Recital Hall, where fascinating Nativity sets from around the world go on display Friday, Dec. 10. The sets, in a wide variety of materials, are the gifts of alumni Max and Joyce Wheeler Douglas of Denver, Colo., who have collected more than 230 Nativity sets. A reception with the couple at 4 p.m. on Dec. 10 unveils a very special Nativity set they commissioned to honor service to the college by President in Leave Parker G. Marden and his wife Ann.

For the latest information about holiday happenings on the Manchester College campus, visit on the web.

Students complete final exams for the semester on Dec. 16, but the Cordier lobby and Link Gallery will remain open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until Dec. 23.


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