Prestonsburg, Ky. – The 2018 Season for Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry Christmas kicks off with its premier performance on Saturday, December 1 in the Willard and Lucy Kinzer Theater of the Mountain Arts Center (MAC), the Prestonsburg venue that has been home to the Opry since the facility opened in 1996.
The cast and crew have already been busy working on themes, songs, and medleys for this year’s holiday production. Vocalist Rachel Messer, who recently had a small run on NBC’s The Voice talent contest, will be back for her 2nd Christmas season. Fans will also see all of their favorites and even the antics of comedian “Munroe.”
Kentucky Opry producer and emcee Clayton Case notes that the cast is eager to get back on stage.
“I get so excited when our creative team comes together to build and create a new show,” Case remarks. “This cast, band, and crew never cease to amaze with the pure talent, work ethic, and creativity they exhibit year after year.”
Opening night for Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry Christmas will be Saturday, December 1st. Following that, there are 6 more chances to see the show. The dates are December 7, December 8 (2 shows), December 9, December 14, and December 15.
Tickets range from $12 to $16 and can be purchased by visiting www.macarts.com, by phone at 1 (888) MAC ARTS, or the MAC Box Office.
Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and the Big Sandy Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Coalition are partnering together to host the 3rd Annual Fit+Grit 5k walk/run. We are kicking off Red Ribbon week with a Sunday afternoon run at Bob Amos Park!
MSU’s Space Science Center (SSC) will host a free public event as part of International Observe the Moon Night, Thursday, Oct. 18.
The SSC will have a variety of telescopes set up on the patio for people to try out. There will be activities inside the Space Science Center, where the Geology Club will be selling hot dogs and chili and there will be a variety of children’s activities. In addition, there will be several moon-themed presentations in the Star Theater during the event. The schedule is:
• 7 p.m. - Earth, Moon, and Sun Show
• 7:35 p.m. - Origin of the Moon Talk by Dr. Eric Jerde
• 8:10 p.m. - Lunar Ice Cube talk by Dr. Ben K. Malphrus
• 8:45 p.m.- Evidence that We Really Went talk by Dr. Eric Jerde
• 9:20 p.m. - Dark Side of the Moon Laser Show
“This provides people with an opportunity to learn about the moon,” said Eric Jerde, chair of MSU’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences. “The public has largely forgotten about it, and headlines about space are now focused more on the Space Station or Mars and other planets. The moon is something we all see very often, yet seldom think about.” He added anyone who has ever had questions about the moon should attend the event.
To learn more about MSU’s Space Science Center, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/ssc or call 606-783-2381.
For information about programs in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/eass or call 606-783-2381.
The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) will host its Sounds of Our Heritage concert on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Rowan County Arts Center.
The event will feature performances by KCTM students and will feature bluegrass, old time, country, western swing, blues, gospel and ballads.
Raymond McLain, KCTM director, said the Sounds of Our Heritage concerts are held several times a year to not only let KCTM students gain experience performing in public, but to also highlight the skills of talented musicians.
“Everyone should come because they will hear Morehead State University Traditional Music Students at their best,” McLain said. “Some of the students who will be performing have represented Morehead State and mountain music and culture regionally and internationally at concerts, festivals and have been broadcast on television and radio.”
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information on the KCTM, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/kctm or call 606-783-9001.