Small Talk: Knox volunteers will help bring annual Christmas performance to Anniston
by Annette Maddox
Special to The Star
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Nutcracker volunteers recently gathered at the home of Patricia Smith to work on this year’s event, slated for Dec. 8 at the Anniston Performing Arts Center. Submitted photo
Nutcracker volunteers recently gathered at the home of Patricia Smith to work on this year’s event, slated for Dec. 8 at the Anniston Performing Arts Center. Submitted photo
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These Christmas elves may wear high-heeled shoes and sundresses, but their task is quite the same as that of Santa’s pointy-hatted helpers as they prepare to make Christmas in Calhoun County a bit more merry and bright. And yes, it is only August.

The women are part of a cadre gearing up to present — for the 33rd Christmas — the classic holiday event, “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Alabama Ballet.

Knox Concert Series will bring the Christmas tradition to the Anniston Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

At a cocktail-hour reception at the home of Patricia Smith on July 31, Knox president Mandi King welcomed a team of enthusiastic new volunteers, each of whom will oversee a major committee component. She also used the occasion to thank Betsy Davis for assuming the chairmanship for the seventh year.

Now work begins to plan and promote the performance, as well as to create the myriad embellishments that make the holiday event magical for the audience including a boutique of nutcrackers hand selected by Scott Skinner, a bake sale overseen by Christina Dorn and a post-show Sugar Plum Party chaired by new volunteer, Amy Askew.

King also announced that Knox will, once again, provide two free performances for all third grade children in Calhoun County and, with help from The Alabama Ballet, local children will be cast to dance in the performance alongside the professionals.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 1.

To share your news with Small Talk, contact Annette Maddox at starsmalltalk@yahoo.com.

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Bow wow wow, humans and canines alike: It’s almost time for the seventh annual PetFest, Saturday, Sept. 21, at Zinn Park. This year’s theme — “Healthy Owners, Healthy Pets” — will include something for everyone, whether you have two legs or four. All proceeds from PetFest go directly to local animal rescue groups. Get more information online by visiting Animal Medical Center Petfest on Facebook, and stay tuned to Small Talk for details!
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