Union County

Union Symphony celebrates it’s 10th anniversary

This three story home on the estate of Mary Jane and Kirby Crooke was featured in the movie “Smoky and the Bandit.” It is one of seven venues on the Symphony Holiday Tour of Homes.
This three story home on the estate of Mary Jane and Kirby Crooke was featured in the movie “Smoky and the Bandit.” It is one of seven venues on the Symphony Holiday Tour of Homes. COURTESY OF UNION COUNTY SYMPHONY SOCIETY

The Union Symphony Society is celebrating its 10th anniversary. On Nov. 20-21, 3-8 p.m., the Union Symphony League will offer tours of distinct area homes.

It’s the league’s fundraising event, which is called “The Symphony of Holiday Homes” tour. Ticket are $25 and can be bought at www.unionsymphony.org.

Lois Crumpler, secretary for the Union Symphony League, said “The league’s mission is to enthusiastically support the Union Symphony Society in all of its endeavors. The ‘Symphony of Holiday Homes’ is just one of the league’s activities for the year. The proceeds from the tour will benefit all seven Union Symphony ensembles, and assist with the spring concert “An Invitation to the New World.”

That concert will be April 24 at the Batte Center on the Wingate University campus.

Crumpler said the Union Symphony Society features the professional orchestra, led by conductor Richard Rosenberg and other musical opportunities for the young, including youth orchestras, Dorian Fiddles and Union Jazz.

The home tour will feature seven sites, each decorated for the upcoming holidays, and featuring live music. Participants who buy tickets in advance will get a tour map and can begin their tour at any of the seven homes. You also can buy tickets the day of the event at Swan Manor, 219 Ridge Road in Monroe.

At Swan Manor that day you can enjoy light refreshments and purchase raffle tickets to win several prizes.

Many of the homeowners who graciously opened their residences for this event were assisted by local decorators, stylists, art galleries and antique dealers. More detailed descriptions of each home are provided on the Symphony Society website.

Storefront Theatre

Storefront’s holiday offerings have varied over the years from the sacred to the sidesplitting, and this season humor once again gets the nod.

On Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m., Storefront will present “Bob’s Your Elf,” by Norm Foster.

Foster is Canada’s most produced playwright. Storefront Founder and Director Judy Simpson Cook said “His plays are hilarious, silly, goofy, but pure of heart, if you can say that of a play. They always reflect a belief in the goodness of people and things frequently turn out well.”

In this holiday warm up, an elf with a bad attitude is dispatched by Santa to a small community theatre to help with a Christmas show.

When crotchety elf Bob interacts with the theatre people, the outcome is a heartwarming comedy about compassion, cooperation and caring that will sustain a smile for the audience no matter how hectic their holidays.

Performances are at 8100 Old Waxhaw Monroe Road (Waxhaw Presbyterian Church). Tickets are $15 and available at http://thestorefronttheatre.org or call 704-243-7283.

John Anderson is a freelance writer: jafortrel@aol.com.

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