What a week for the arts! “Fiddler On the Roof” shined brightly at the Palace Theatre this past weekend selling more than 1,400 tickets all for a great cause, the ministry of the Pregnancy Counseling Center.

It was so much fun watching the full stage production come together, sets being built and the sounds of “Tradition” bellowing from the doors. I know this is exactly how the original builders in 1921 wanted, to see a full stage production with orchestra on that stage.

Although “Fiddler on the Roof” is over, the Palace is still busy with holiday activities. Next week the world-renowned Moscow Boys Choir will be on the stage of the Palace. The full 30-plus member choir will be here kicking off the holiday season.

The program, “Christmas Around the World,” features traditional Christmas songs from many countries. The tickets are going very quickly for this exciting program. There are still some good seats available by calling the Palace Theatre at (903) 874-7792. This program is brought to the citizens of Corsicana and Navarro County through the generosity of the J. Tom Eady Charitable Trust, the Annie Lee Robbins Trust and Corsicana National Bank and Trust.

After the Moscow Boys, the Palace Theatre will present the ever-favorite Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. This movie is the one with the precious young boy who wants a Red Rider Bee BB gun more than anything for Christmas.

Along with the movie we will have free caramel popcorn for every admission and hopefully Santa will stop by before the movie begins. Make plans to attend the Palace Sunday afternoon on Dec. 4 for Santa, “A Christmas Story” and lots of popcorn.

For more information call the Palace Theatre at (903) 874-7792.

In addition to the Palace, the Warehouse Living Arts Center’s Children’s Company is presenting Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer for the community the weekend of Dec. 1. Tickets are available for this precious play by calling (903) 872-5421.

Monday night you have the opportunity to enjoy the smooth jazz sounds of the Navarro College Fine Arts Department. The Navarro College Jazz Band and Collegiate Singers have teamed up to present their annual Jazz Concert at Dawson Auditorium on Navarro College Campus.

The Jazz Band portion of the program will feature favorites like “Mack The Knife,” “One Note Samba,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Oneida” and “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

The Singers will be belting out songs like “Take The A Train,” “River of Dreams,” “New York State of Mind,” and “When I Fall In Love.”

Make plans to attend the Navarro College Fine Arts Department’s Jazz Concert. The concerts are always superb and very entertaining.

For more information on this concert or the Navarro College Fine Arts, call (903) 874-6501.

There is a lot going on in our great community. Take advantage of the wonderful gifts right here in our community.

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Leah Dill Blackard is executive director of Navarro Council of the Arts. Her column appears Sundays.

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