Thursday November 19, 2020

Cabarrus staging a hometown holiday for those near and far

An unprecedented holiday calls for an unprecedented celebration. To that end, the cities of Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and Cabarrus County have teamed to produce the Cabarrus Virtual Holiday Celebration.

The event will premiere on facebook.com/CabarrusVirtualHoliday and youtube.com/cabarruscounty on Friday at 7 p.m. It will also air regularly on CabCo TV (Spectrum Cable, Channel 22 and www.cabarruscounty.us/live) between November 20 and December 31.

The one-hour special event includes virtual tree lighting ceremonies for the cities of Concord, Harrisburg and Kannapolis; musical performances; and a special visitor from the North Pole—Santa Claus.

Gather your family and pour a cup of hot cocoa to enjoy a reading of the classic tale, “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” by Clement Moore, featuring Mayors Bill Dusch of Concord, Darrell Hinnant of Kannapolis, John Crump of Midland, Del Eudy of Mt. Pleasant, Steve Sciascia of Harrisburg and Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners Chair Steve Morris.

International affair

Officials hope the event is a way for locals to connect with friends and family who have moved from the area, including Cabarrus residents stationed across the country and deployed around the world.

“The fact that we have to take it virtual opens us up to a whole new opportunity to unite our community in a way we hadn’t considered prior to the pandemic,” said Cabarrus County Manager Mike Downs. “It means that anyone who’s ever lived here can participate. As they watch the hometown holiday celebration, they’ll see familiar sights and have familiar experiences. We’ll form new memories at a time when we need it most.”

Downs and his family hosted three different exchange students between 2003 and 2012, and he’s invited each of them—Ferit Donmezer in Germany, Emma Sandin in Sweden and Maria Schosler Zink in Denmark—to the virtual event.

“They’re now grown and some have their own families, but Cabarrus County will always be a part of their lives,” Downs said. “They can participate and share in the special ways we honor family, faith and tradition.”

The City of Concord has reached out to its sister cities—Killarney, Ireland and Freeport, Bahamas—to share the invitation and extend holiday cheer.

For more information on this and other local holiday events, visit the Cabarrus Virtual Holiday Celebration Facebook page @CabarrusVirtualHoliday.

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