On Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 starting at 5:00 p.m. the Middletown Arts Center (MAC), located on 36 Church Street in Middletown, NJ, will host its Holiday Extravaganza. The day’s FREE art activities and entertainment will be enjoyed by hundreds of local families, and features New Jersey’s only TubaChristmas performance, tree lighting, visit from Santa, carols, children’s crafts, and a 50/50 raffle. Holiday refreshments will be provided by the American Antiques Company.
Funded and managed by Middletown Township and the Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council, a volunteer non-profit organization established in 2001 to promote the arts throughout Middletown, the Middletown Arts Center offers affordable classes and free programming and events to more than 40,000 visitors annually.
The Holiday Extravaganza will begin at 5:00 p.m. with caroling and Middletown’s traditional tree lighting on the MAC grounds. During the tree lighting, Santa will arrive by fire truck, and then proceed to his secret workshop in the MAC where he will pose for pictures with the children. Parents are requested to bring their own camera, as a photographer will not be present to take photos.
At 6:00 p.m., TubaChristmas, an exciting ensemble of tuba and euphonium players from across the community, will perform traditional holiday songs in the MAC theatre. The MAC’s TubaChristmas performance, conducted by Joseph Lawlor, is New Jersey’s only TubaChristmas event and one of over 200 concerts across the country. The event is a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day 1902. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages are invited to perform in TubaChristmas. Contact Maggie O’Brien at 732-706-4100 for more information. Guests will also enjoy a tap performance by Miss Deena and the MACettes in the theatre at 6:30 p.m.
“The Middletown Arts Center is honored to host Middletown’s annual “Holiday Extravaganza”. The event has become a holiday tradition for hundreds of local families. Meet our talented instructors and enjoy an exciting day of free art activities and entertainment,” said Maggie O’Brien, Executive Director.
Tickets to the Middletown Arts Center’s 50/50 raffle fundraiser will be on sale for $5 each throughout the evening. Jolly Santa himself will pull the winning ticket at the end of the evening. Visit www.middletownarts.org or call 732-706-4100 for more information.