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Group, vocalist present Irish Christmas music

CRESCENT CITY — Lunasa, with vocalist Karan Casey, will present Celtic music and songs during the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness’ (DNACA) third performance of its 32nd season.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St., Crescent City.

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lunasa is a gathering of musicians from Ireland.

Performing in Crescent City will be Kevin Crawford, flutes and whistles; Cillian Val- lely, pipes and whistles; Trevor Hutchinson on bass; Ed Boyd on guitar; and Colin Farrell — not the actor — on fiddle. Founder and fiddler Sean Smyth is a doctor in Ireland, and not able to get away for this tour.

Casey, who normally performs with her own group, is joining forces with Lunasa

for December’s tour of “Christmas from Ireland.” Casey is a founding member and lead vocalist of Celtic group Solas, with whom she toured for four and a half years during the mid- to late-1990s.

Crawford joined the band in 1997 as it became known as Lunasa, and Vallely came on in 1999.

“We based ourselves on the Bothy Band, a well known Irish band in the 1970s,” said Crawford in a recent phone interview. “We are predominantly an instrumental band, with a melody line of pipes, fiddle and flute.”

About the program, Crawford noted “it entails the Christmas memories we have from growing up in Ireland; we are from areas spread out geographically around the country.”

County Clare celebrates differently from County Donegal or Mayo, and so on. In County Clare, the celebration starts on

Christmas eve, when, according to Crawford, “everybody gets together to play (music) in homes, not the usual pub playing.” And in County Kerry there is a tradition called “Hunting the Wren” on the day after Christmas, during which folks “dress up in colorful clothing and collect money that goes to charity,” said Crawford. “There are specific tunes and songs sung while doing this,”

Crawford went on to say that “Sean has chosen specific melo- dies and brought them together (for the pro- gram), representing the full geographical spread of (Irish) Christmas traditions,” Crawford said.

The band will also perform seasonal songs from other Celtic regions, including Scotland, Britanny (France), and Galicia (Spain).

Tickets for Lunasa with Karan Casey cost $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors 65 years and older, $12 for full-time students. Tickets are available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings, Del Norte Office Supply in Crescent City and at the door.

For more information, contact DNACA at 707-464-1336 or dnaca@ harborside.com.


Nature’s Coastal Holiday

Guests gather to take pictures of light sculptures in Azalea Park. People are asked to stay on the walkways at all times.

Nearly a half million lights adorn Azalea Park during the Nature’s Coastal Holiday light show. The event continues every night from 5 to 9 through Dec. 24. Santa and Mrs. Claus plan to visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19, 20, 23 and 24. Admission is $1 and includes cookies and hot apple cider at the snack shack. For information, call 541-254-1973. 


Decorating the town

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George Garcia stands on a stepladder to fasten the top of tinsel to a street light along Chetco Avenue during Saturday morning’s decorating party.

Santa will have a busy day Saturday, Dec. 6, when he makes several appearances in the Brookings-Harbor area.

Following a breakfast engagement at the Oregon Welcome Center at Crissey Field State Park from 9 to 11 a.m., Santa will head back out to sea where he will check his reindeer and sleigh to make sure they are OK, and then be picked up by a motor lifeboat from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Chetco River.

The boat will bring him to the docks near the Port of Brookings Harbor launch ramp at 2 p.m. where he will disembark and make his way up to the boardwalk where the event “A Coastal Christmas in Brookings-Harbor” will begin.

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Holiday musical opens Friday

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Ann Weston (Katlyn Temple) listens to John Dale’s (Mike Vest) wishes to relive his childhood Christmases.

The Chetco Pelican Players are ready to help kick off the holiday season with its production of the musical “A Rented Christmas.” 

When John Dale (Mike Vest), a successful businessman at the turn of the last century, wants to relive the happy Christmases of his childhood, he turns to Miss Ann Weston (Katlyn Temple), who owns the local We Rent Anything store, according to a news release. 

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Orchestra presents winter concerts

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String players rehearse a section of “Dusk,” a modern symphony.

Music will fill the auditoriums of three venues when the Curry-Del Norte Orchestra presents its “Winter Warmer” concerts.

The poster for the events invites audiences to “bask in the glow of orchestral classics, old and new, and perennial holiday favorites.”

According to Director John Webster, who is in his second year conducting the orchestra that meets weekly at Azalea Middle School in Brookings, audiences will be treated to the music of Copland, Dvorak, Bizet, as well as modern composers such as Karl Jenkins, Felix Bernard and Steven Bryant. And then there’s Christmas music by Mel Torme.

Concerts will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 94190 Fifth St., Gold Beach; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Elk Valley Rancheria, 2332 Howland Hill Road, Crescent City; and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1200 Easy St., Brookings.

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