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Laughter and music on tap for the holidays

Comedy and plenty of music on tap this month

County Seat Theater Company gets in on the holiday action this month with a side-splitting journey to a small town in Texas in "Christmas Belles." A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.

Numerous shows are already sold out, so getting tickets now will ensure a seat. The County Seat Theater Company will present local performances of "Christmas Belles" at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet at 7 p.m. Dec. 7-9, 13 and 15; and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 16 and 17. Tickets can be reserved online at http://www.countyseattheater.com or by calling 218-878-0071.

Prior to the show, audience members can stroll through the art gallery and view art from local artists. This production has featured works of art by Claudia Faith. There will be an art opening 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Encore.

Lake Superior Youth Chorus coming to Moose Lake

Start your holiday season by listening to 170 young singers in the Lake Superior Chorus, as they present a Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 in the Moose Lake school auditorium. Presented by Agate Encores Community Concerts, the massive choir concert promises to be the best Christmas performance in our area. Made up of five resident choirs performing numerous outreach programs, the Lake Superior Youth Chorus provides exceptional choral training for Twin Ports area youth. All of the ensembles focus on singing high-quality repertoire with healthy vocal technique. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at agateencores.org or at the door.

To continue bringing these professional music concerts to the area, Agate Encores is seeking more people to join the nonprofit board. Email [email protected] or call 218-349-2328 to find out more.

Holiday of Lights in Moose Lake

Cloquet isn’t the only place Santa will be visiting this weekend. Moose Lake will hold its Holiday of Lights event, starting with Santa’s arrival at the Moose Lake Depot event center, where he will join guests for cookies, drinks, coloring and photos ($10 each) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Next, the Historic Lake Theatre downtown will show the movie “The Polar Express” for free, starting at 3 p.m. The parade of lights will line up at 4:30 p.m. in the Depot parking lot, and begin at 5 p.m., traveling down many of the streets in and around downtown Moose Lake and Lakeshore Drive. Anyone with a lighted vehicle is welcome to join in the fun. Find out more at the Moose Lake Area Historical Society and Fires of 1918 Museum Facebook page or by calling 218-485-4234.

Christmas Concert on Dec. 10

The Concert on 4th Series presents “A Christmas Festival Concert” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church, 47 Fourth St., featuring the Presbyterian and Zion choirs and musicians Ginger Backus, Bradley Beahen, Gretchen Chelseth, Cory Clay, Gail and Kevin Hamre, Dan Palmquist, Rafal Adamski and Howard Rempel. Producer James Sheetz.. Free will donations accepted for local food needs. Sponsored by the Luukkonen Legacy Legacy Fund.

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