Cats under the stars, “Elf”, tree lighting, “Shrek”, more

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CATS UNDER THE STARS: Rum 138 will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a music and arts festival, dubbed Cats Under the Stars, a three-day camping event, all day today through Sunday at 2070 SW CR 138 in Fort White. This event promises a fun weekend of live music, art, yoga, camping, and kayaking trips on the Santa Fe River. Weekend and day packages are available. Cats Under the Stars will feature national artists The Garcia Project, the only nationally touring tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band; Billy Gilmore Bluegrass Band with Brett Bass, featuring progressive bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Billy Gilmore of “The Grass is Dead” and award-winning flat drummer Brett Bass of Grandpa’s Cough Medicine; Shred by Marcus Rezak is dead; The people of Pine Box; The brilliant miracle; glass camels; and many other regional and local acts. Proceeds from the event will help support Our Santa Fe River and The Florida Springs Council. Rum 138 is a community-based ecotourism destination focused on protecting the Santa Fe River and the many springs it contains. Rum 138 offers water sports through the rental and sale of kayaks, canoes and paddle boards, and features regional artists such as John Moran. For more information and to purchase tickets for Cats Under the Stars, visit rum138.com/10-year-anniversary, call 386-454-4247, or email [email protected]

“ELF: THE MUSIC”: Buchholz Drama offers a musical take on a modern holiday classic. Based on the beloved holiday movie, the hilarious comedy ‘Elf: The Musical’ follows Buddy the Elf on his quest to spread Christmas cheer. As a young orphan, Buddy mistakenly slips into Santa’s goodie bag and is transported to the North Pole, where he is raised alongside Santa’s elves. Unaware that he is human, Buddy has many comedic challenges but never loses his Christmas spirit. Buddy embarks on a journey to New York to discover his true identity and help everyone remember the true meaning of Christmas. With a talented cast of over 20 students, this musical will fill your family with holiday cheer – after all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing along so everyone can hear it. Buchholz Drama has won numerous performing arts awards under the direction of Ted Lewis. They collected toys for this production earlier this year, and all donations will go to children in need after the musical is staged. The musical was shown on Broadway and toured annually in the United States. The local production of “Elf the Musical” runs at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through December 11 at Buchholz High School, 5510 NW 27th Ave. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students, $10 for groups, and free for BHS faculty. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit buchholzdrama.com.

TREE LIGHTING: Jump into the festive season with the Celebration Pointe tree lighting ceremony. Attendees can enjoy live music, food vendors, lawn games and family activities while watching a performance by the Williams Elementary School Choir, the Danscenter of Gainesville’s annual “Cinderella” preview and a special holiday-themed dance performance by Sun Country Dance Theater in addition to the ceremony. Celebration Pointe accepts open containers, so you can enjoy beer and wine during the festivities. Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. today, with the lighting of the tree at 7 p.m. For more information, visit celebrationpointe.com.

“SHREK THE MUSIC”: “Once upon a time there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And so begins the story of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a cunning donkey and a fiery princess who resists to his rescue. Add a hot-tempered villain, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy-tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand – and his name is Shrek. “Shrek The Musical,” the new production from Gainesville Community Playhouse, brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life and proves that the story isn’t just for the ears. Catch a show at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through December 11 at the Gainesville Community Playhouse, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. Tickets are $23 for general admission, $19 for seniors, and $12 for students. For more information on this and upcoming productions, or to purchase tickets online, visit gcplayhouse.org.

SUNDAY ASSEMBLY: Sunday Assembly Gainesville will feature guest speaker Barbara Oberlander, retired professor emeritus of history at Santa Fe College. The title of her lecture will be “Coming to the $20 Bill – Harriet Tubman”. Music will be provided by musicians from the Sunday Assembly. Sunday Assembly Gainesville is a secular congregation that celebrates life at 11 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month. The group will meet at the Pride Center at the Liberty Center, 3131 NW 13th St. Vaccinations, boosters and face masks are recommended and encouraged. It is also possible to attend via zoom. Sunday Assembly Gainesville is a chapter of the Global Secular Sunday Assembly Movement. For more information, visit sagainesville.weebly.com or email [email protected]

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