Christmas at the Hamilton County Courthouse

By Staff Report Article posted on Thu. Dec. 6th, 2012
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    Spectators gather to watch Battle Academy students sing at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Courts Building during the first day of the week-long Christmas at the Courthouse celebration.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.


Visitors to the Courthouse may bring ornaments to adorn the "Season of Remembrance" Christmas tree, a reminder of those whose lives have been disrupted by acts of criminal violence. Ornaments placed on the tree will remain on display through the season, then be donated to Partnership for Families, Children and Adults. For more information, contact Regina Johnson McDevitt, the Partnership's senior crisis services director, at 755-2891 or

Christmas at the Courthouse returns for its 28th annual edition with a few changes to the schedule.

Rather than the traditional five-day, Monday through Friday schedule, this year the series is running seven weekdays, Wednesday, Dec. 5, through Thursday, Dec. 13. Instead of half-hour performances starting at noon, music lasts from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. And instead of one school group, each day will feature two ensembles.

What hasn't changed is that the final day will feature the Orange Grove Choir & Dancers. And, as always, elected officials will be honorees each day. Concerts take place in the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Courts Building, 600 Market St. (enter from Cherry Street).

The series began Wednesday with the Rivermont Elementary Fourth-Grade Choir, directed by Phyllis Finney, and the East Lake Academy Chamber Choir, directed by Aisha Moore.

In remaining performances:

Today, Dec. 6: Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy SingEssence, director Charles Collins

• East Ridge Elementary Pioneer Chorus Club, director Marilyn Medley

Friday, Dec. 7: Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts Choir, director Marty Massengale

• Central High School Choir, director Colene Birchfield

Monday, Dec. 10: Howard School Choir, director Sheila Morris

• Tyner Academy Combined Chorus, director Roxanne Edwards

Tuesday, Dec. 11: Soddy Elementary Choir, director Ellen Leamon

• Ooltewah Middle School Choir, director Sarah Allen

Wednesday, Dec. 12: Calvin Donaldson Elementary Singing Eagles Chorus, director Claire Stockman

• North Hamilton County Chorus, director Clifta Hixson

Thursday, Dec. 13: Battle Academy Choir, director Beth Bracken

• Orange Grove Chorus & Dancers, directors Monty Parks and Mary La Bianca

The series is presented by Hamilton County Parks and Recreation.

For more information, call 842-6748.

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