Christmas on the Hill rings in the season
by Cheree Dye
Dec 08, 2013 | 1416 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Choir director Lisa Douglas, right, leads the community choir during rehearsal for the Christmas on the Hill program. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Choir director Lisa Douglas, right, leads the community choir during rehearsal for the Christmas on the Hill program. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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The annual performance of Christmas on the Hill will bring together more than 100 residents from the community to sing, dance and act on Sunday at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Starting at 6 p.m. at 147 Jones St. in Cartersville, this year’s play focuses on the hardships young people face every day.

Margaretta Garnigan wrote and organized the play for the past 15 years. She said, “Our kids are going through so much. It isn’t always their fault — parents don’t always step up — the play is about a young boy who is struggling, needs help and his parents are not in a position to help him. I hope this play will show teens that there are people who can help. If they can’t get help at home, they can find someone who will help them.”

The theme of the play is different every year and Garnigan said she strives to make it relevant to people’s lives and to give hope in troubled places.

The play incorporates dancers, musicians and a choir of more than 50 people from at least seven different churches. Woven throughout the play are songs that are not always the traditional Christmas carols.

“We get together and pick songs that flow with the play. It is important for the music to convey the message, too,” Garnigan said.

Lisa Douglas, the program’s choir director for the 10th year, said, “The performance helps solidify for me that Christmas is here and it centers on the true meaning of Christmas. It is nice to see so many pastors together under one roof and all the believers get together for fellowship but the purpose of the event is to raise money for needy families.”

Last year, 45 families were helped with the proceeds collected during the performance and the practices, which were held every Monday starting in October. “We buy food and gifts for the less fortunate members of our community. That is the real reason we do what we do,” Douglas said.

Barbara Tarnow, of White, joined the choir for the first time this year. “One of my co-workers, Sheena Morgan, invited me.” Tarnow, who attends Watermark Church in Canton, enjoyed the experience of meeting new people and performing with fellow members of the community. “It has been great. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. It has been an inspiration to sing and spend time with the people here.”

Garnigan said she plans to continue the play every year as long as she can and hopes to see more and more families helped every year.