Special to the Reporter
GRANBURY-Tarleton State University’s Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center and the city of Granbury have joined forces once again to host a unique candlelight tour in honor of the upcoming holiday. The 25th annual Granbury Candlelight Tour on Dec. 6-7 is titled “A Victorian Beehive Christmas.”
The tour will open each day at Tarleton’s Langdon Center Concert Hall, at the corner of East Bridge and Brazos Streets in Granbury, with performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The show will be a retrospective that focuses on holiday music from the 1860s to the 1960s, featuring veteran Granbury Opera House performers Royce Cooper, Peggy Bott-Kirby and Heatherton Hardy-Wilson.
“This show is filled with entertaining, nostalgic music,” said Hardy-Wilson. “We want our audiences to experience laughter and pathos.”
Granbury’s Candlelight Tour offers visitors the chance to view the beautifully restored and preserved history in this Texas town on the Brazos. Visitors will tour dining quarters in 25 homes, buildings and businesses, where they will enjoy a festive holiday atmosphere.
The event will include numerous traditional carols such as “Jesu”, “Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Carol of the Bells” with full harmonies and classical piano arrangements.
Then the musical tables will turn and flash to mid-20th century modernism. The 1960s Motown Sound will be highlighted in the “Beehive” portion of the event. Showing off their skills as upbeat, groovy nightclub-style performers will be Big Daddy & the Butter Biscuits. The group will channel the holiday spirits of the Ronettes, Darlene Love and other great soul performers.
The Candlelight Tour’s weekend-long entertainment schedule features Yuletide music at two venues. Besides Big Daddy & the Butter Biscuits, Tarleton’s Langdon Center Concert Hall will feature a performance by the Granbury Saxophone Quartet at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6. Members of the quartet include Ted Dolan, Earl Haberkamp, Hainds Laird and David Talmage.
On Dec. 7, at 2 p.m., the Concert Hall presents Rev. Tom Reeder and members of the First Christian Church performing “The History of the First Christian Church” and a carol sing-along. “Holiday Marimbas,” will perform at 3 p.m. and Joshua Bradford and Janice Horak present “A Jazzy Christmas” at 4 p.m.
In addition, the newly refurbished Granbury Square Plaza Pavilion will host several acts over the two-day event. On Dec. 6, Brazos Country Strings will lead off at 2 p.m. Gospel favorite Southern Charm will perform at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Darla Hildebrant takes the stage at 5 p.m.
On Dec. 7, the pavilion line-up will start at 2 p.m. with the young voices of Happy Hill Farm Choir. They will be followed at 3 p.m. by a repeat performance from the Brazos Country Strings.
Tickets for the Granbury Candlelight Tour are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. All of the entertainment is available as part of a ticket to the tour. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Granbury Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 950-2212 or visit www.granburytx.com.
For more information on Langdon Center events, call (817) 279-1164.