The musical talents of several local churches will be on display this weekend, when a Christmas-themed event comes to McDonough, in artistic fashion.
A "Holiday Festival of Arts" is scheduled for Sunday, from noon, to 5 p.m., on the McDonough Square. During the festival, the Rotary Club of Henry County will sell compact discs featuring Christmas songs performed by local church choirs, whose members hail from throughout the Southern Crescent area. The CDs are $10 each.
Churches represented on the CD include: Salem Baptist Church, Wesley Way United Methodist Church, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Pinecrest Baptist Church, St. James Catholic Church, Southern Crescent Baptist Church, McDonough Presbyterian Church, and Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church, all in McDonough; and First Christian Church of Stockbridge.
Kerry Arnold, the immediate past president of the club, launched the music project earlier this year. He said the response has been very positive.
"Our original order was for 1,000 of these CDs, and we're almost sold out," said Arnold. "We're having to order another 1,000. We do have a couple hundred available for the festival."
Additional entertainment at the festival will be provided by the Henry Players, The Singing Four Stars gospel quartet, the Sweet Adelines group from Ola High School, the Mount Carmel Elementary School Chorale, and the Dutchtown Elementary School Chorus.
Members of the Atlanta Festival Ballet are also scheduled to perform portions of "The Nutcracker," during the festival, said McDonough Arts board member, Debbie Withers.
The free festival is sponsored by the McDonough Arts organization, annually, in conjunction with a McDonough Merchants Holiday Open House function.
"It's a traffic-generating event," said Withers. "[Participants] can have lunch on The Square, shop in the shops, and shop at the artists market. We'll also have hot apple cider and coffee at the McDonough Arts bake shop. It's a nice way to kick off the holiday season."
Items on display will include jewelry, Christmas ornaments, quilts, paintings, hand-painted lap desks and clipboards for kids, and custom mosaics. Homemade cakes, brownies, toffee, cranberry relish and other food selections will also be available.
Withers said guests will also have an opportunity to meet The Grinch, from 1 p.m., to 4 p.m. The yuletide character will be portrayed by James Wojnowski of the Henry Players.
For more information, visit www.mcdonougharts.net.