Posted 11 months ago
By John Axtell
There’s a busy weekend of activities in the northern Panhandle, beginning tonight when the Chadron High School One-Act Play program and the Dance Team hold a fundraiser, a dinner theater production of The Wizard of Oz.
Tickets for the show and meal of salad, breadsticks, lasagna, and dessert are $12 and be purchased in advance or at the door. Those wanting to see the show, but without dinner, can get tickets at the door for $5 with a 7:30 curtain time. A second non-dinner performance is set for 4:00 Saturday with tickets again $5 at the door.
Sunday is the annual Remembrance Ceremony at 2:00 at the Chadron Arts Center. Hosted by the Chadron Hospice and Chamberlain Chapel, it’s intended to help those who’ve lost a loved one in the past year deal with the holiday season.
Local pastor, hospice chaplain and grief counselor Dr Russ Seger will open by sharing practical suggestions on how a grieving individual can survive the holidays, followed by a memorial slide show, then a candlelight ceremony with the reading of names of loved ones who’ve passed.
There will also be a Tree of Remembrance, decorated with photos of those who are gone. Attendees will also receive personalized ornaments in memorial of loved ones.
Those looking for special meals on Sunday have a couple choices. The first is the Immanuel Lutheran Church Fabulous Fall Feast from 11-1:30.
Cost for the meal with home-cooked Thanksgiving dishes and lots of good fellowship is $10 for adults, $5 for students 6-to-21, and children under 5 are free. The church will also be collecting non-perishable food donations to support the Shepherd’s Pantry.
For those looking for something less fancy, Your Selling Team and its workers are holding the Team Awesome chili feed and silent auction from 11-2:00 at the Assumption Arena.
It’s a fundraiser to help two YST employees…Amber Roose and Jera Fitzgerald-Smith…who are battling medical problems. Proceeds will help them with basic support, costs of travel for treatments, and general medical bills.
Roos is a single mother of 2 whose melanoma has returned after 10 years of remission. She wass recently flown from Chadron to Scottsbluff for multiple brain surgeries to remove cancerous tumors.
Fitzgerald-Smith is a 19 year old newlywed who spent several months in a wheelchair after major back surgery left her with pain and extreme numbness in her legs. A doctor in Lexington who has helped restore her structural integrity and get her walking again.
There’s also a fundraising free-will donation spaghetti feed Sunday in Rushville for 10-year old Bree Lovell of Rushville, daughter of area teacher-actor-director Ryan Lovell.
The dinner, put on by the Highway 20 Cancer Group, begins at 5:00 in the Rushville American Legion Hall. There will also be a raffle for a cooler full of great Husker items with tickets $1 or 6 for $5.
Also on Sunday, three Hemingford churches…the Church, Methodist and Congregational…hold their joint Holiday Bazaar from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Box Butte County Fairgrounds Multipurpose Hall.
There will be fun, food and fellowship with baked goods, crafts, free Bingo, a cake walk and an auction. Items to be donated to the local food pantry will also be welcome.