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Singing Christmas Tree returning at St. Marys church

The First Baptist Church Family Life Center will host the Singing Christmas Tree, a community favorite that hasn’t been around since the 1990s. (Photo Provided)

ST. MARYS — The singing Christmas Tree is making a comeback for the St. Marys community.

Its debut was Friday night and a second performance will take place 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center on Barkwill Street in St. Marys.

The singing tree was a community tradition from the 1950s to the 1990s. It was discontinued, but a committee was formed to bring it back, Patrick Boyles said. The hope is it will remain a yearly tradition.

The singing tree involves a structured place for the singers to sing in the shape of a Christmas tree.

“We decorated it with some pine some people cut and it looks like a tree,” Boyles said. “(It’s) layered like a wedding cake and each layer will have a layer of singers.”

The ladies will adorn themselves with sparkly scarves to look like ornaments and the gentlemen will be dressed in white shirts and ties.

About 50 singers will perform on the tree.

“We opened it up to anybody, there’s a few people from out of the area, but most of them sang on the singing Christmas tree when they were in the high school,” Boyles said.

Nancy Weber, music teacher at Pleasants County Middle School, is one of the conductors. Weber has a history of singing with the Christmas tree.

“This has been a labor of love for many people. I did it back in high school. I myself was involved in 1970-1975 as a choir accompanist,” Weber said.

Boyles said the community came together to put on the event.

“A small community will always come together and work together to help out, that’s what it did again. It’s fun to watch it come together, people have been practicing once a week since August,” he said.

Traditional Christmas songs will be performed. The Pleasants County Middle School Choir also will perform. The church is set to hold about 400 people, but there’s room for more if need be.

To alleviate parking problems, the Pleasants County Senior Center will provide a shuttle bus that will run on a loop from the city parking lot and will stop at a few other lots on the way.

Admission is a donation. Proceeds will benefit the Pleasants County Ministerial Association.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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