No Christmas cantata planned this year

Several local festive traditions, such as the Santa Claus parade, “Spirit of Christmas,” “Lunch with Santa,” and numerous school concerts, are slated this holiday season.
But one popular event that will have to wait until next December is the Christmas cantata at St. Mary’s Church.
“I have a throat problem. It would be very difficult to lead it,” said Diane Maxey, who’s been involved with the cantata for 11 years.
“A lot of people have been asking me about it. The thing is, I’m not sick, I just can’t sing right now. I’ve got no volume to my voice,” she added.
“I’d like to do it, it’s one of my joys.”
Maxey’s last project was directing the adult and children’s choirs which performed during the World Health Organization’s “Safe Communities” conference here in May.
That’s when Maxey said she started to lose her voice.
“I’m kind of disappointed there’s no cantata this year. I look forward to it, and I think a lot of people do, too,” she said. “It’s all part of the Christmas season for them.
“Hopefully, by the spring time, I’ll be able to do something.”
Maxey noted she’s also disappointed to let down the singing community that’s always willing to lend their voices to an event such as the cantata, but is sure they always will be there in the future.
Last year’s cantata, “Hope Was Born,” involved about 70 singers from across the district, and drew more than 200 people to St. Mary’s.
The cantata normally is held on the second Sunday in December.

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