Grace Jordan, arts & living editor
Holiday season is already here, and Christmas is approaching. Students are leaving campus to celebrate this season but before finals, Berry is hosting a handful of holiday parties. Among the list of events are Krannert Center Activities Board’s (KCAB) Winter Holiday Party, Berry College Dance Troupe’s “Holiday Wonders” show and Berry College Choirs’ Holiday Concert.
KCAB President, Jasmine Little, has been planning the Winter Holiday Party for the past three weeks and says it will feature more holidays than just Christmas. KCAB wants to include as many people as possible and create an environment where students can celebrate different holidays together.
“We just really want [the party] to have a lot of different things where people who celebrate different things on campus can come to,” Little said. “We don’t want to just do Christmas like we normally do. So that way everyone can kind of have something to do there.”
Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and Yule will be celebrated at the event. There will be different activities for each festivity, but students are encouraged to celebrate in whichever way they feel most comfortable.
“We’ll have Christmas, and for that we’ll have a DIY pillow kind of thing,” Little said. “We’re doing Hanukkah and we will have some make-your-own dreidels. We’re doing Kwanza, we’re still working on what the activity is going to be, but we’ll probably have some type of food that’s related. We’re also celebrating Yule and will have a DIY wood log ornament.”
Students don’t have to observe a holiday to have fun at the event as there will be activities for everyone.
“If you don’t celebrate any holidays during this time, you still have something that you can do,” Little said. “We have some DIY snow globes and then we’ll also have board games, if you don’t want to do anything holiday related, and we have cookie decorating as well.”
KCAB’s Winter Holiday Party is in Krannert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.
Another holiday event is a dance performance. Dance minor and assistant dance company manager, Hayley Craig, is looking forward to the recital, considering this is the first in-person performance the Dance Troupe has held since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is our first concert in person, because the last two concerts we’ve had were recorded,” Craig said. “It’s definitely going to be a lot of energy and excitement, especially from all our dances. We’re very excited.”
The holiday themed performance includes multiple different stories within the dances and features a wide array of dance styles.
“We have ballet, pointe, jazz and contemporary,” Craig said. “We close the first half with a piece called ‘Holiday Rush.’ It’s about rushing around to different stores and trying to get all your Christmas gifts together. There’s a Jewish dance, but we turn it into a tap dance. There’s a big ballet piece called ‘Snow,’ which I think is from ‘The Nutcracker.’ There’s a piece about a five-year-old’s celebration, like ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.’”
The performance includes Berry dancers and also features a dance comprised of middle and high schoolers. Director of Dance Sara Pecina teaches dance to adolescents in the community and wants her students to get experience dancing in a college setting.
“Holiday Wonders” is in Sister’s Theatre on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
Berry College Choirs’ Holiday Concert is also happening this year. Senior Julia Lester, assistant conductor of the Men’s Choir, says it is a special one because it has been over a year since the choirs performed a live holiday concert. Audience members can expect a variety of performances from the multiple choirs involved, including the Women’s Choir, the Men’s Choir and Berry Singers.
“There will be a ton of variety to this holiday concert,” Lester said. “The Women’s Choir will be performing a piece from Puerto Rico as well as some more familiar tunes. The Men’s Choir is doing some really beautiful Christmas songs as well as a goofy song that is sure to make the audience laugh. The Berry Singers will be singing familiar festive pieces like ‘The First Noel.’ Lots of variety should make for a great show.”
According to Lester, the concert is full of excitement and holiday cheer. The singers are eager to sing in front of a live audience and are looking forward to the event.
“Audience members can expect this to be a very heartfelt concert,” Lester said. “We hope that it brings everyone some holiday joy and hope after such a long time during Covid without live music. The concert will conclude with all of the choirs singing together, which should be a really special moment.”
Berry College Choirs’ Holiday Concert will be held in the Bell Recital Hall on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Come out and join Berry in celebrating this festive season!