BY STARRLA CRAY
DASSEL, COKATO, MN Travel to a magical Victorian era at Dassel-Cokato’s first-ever Dickens holiday concert and festival Sunday, Dec. 20, starting at 4 p.m. in the performing arts center (PAC).
“This is a holiday festival for the senses,” organizer Deborah Moen noted.
As guests walk into the PAC lobby, they will see Victorian building facades and dozens of sparkling white lights, and smell the aroma of warm apple cider and roasted cinnamon almonds floating through the air.
Authentic-looking characters from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will greet guests as they enter. Throughout the evening, there will be opportunities to take photos with Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, The Ghosts of Christmas, and more.
Dassel-Cokato students will play and sing holiday music, and Victorian street fare will be served. The menu (catered by Elbows Allowed in Cokato) includes traditional meat pie pasties, red cinnamon Jell-O with applesauce, assorted Christmas cookies, and hot spiced cider.
After the meal, guests will move to the PAC auditorium for the holiday concert, which starts at 6 p.m., and concludes with the traditional hallelujah chorus at 7 p.m.
Current Dassel-Cokato band and choir students will be performing, as well as Dassel-Cokato alumni.
“We have quite a range,” Moen said. “Some alumni go back as far as the ‘50s, and others graduated as recently as last year.”
Alumni who would like to participate can contact Moen at email@example.com or at (612) 236-5137.
Tickets for the meal and concert are $20 for adults, and $10 for students. They can be purchased in advance at the high school office, or from DC music students.
“Our hope is for this event to become the biggest annual fundraiser for DC music programs,” Moen said.
This year, fundraising proceeds will benefit senior scholarships, instrument purchases, travel, meals for special events, pep band shirts, extracurricular activity scholarships, and opportunities related to honor band and honor choir.
“The Dassel-Cokato school music program is a vital community resource more than 1,500 students grades five through 12 participate in band and/or choir,” Moen noted. She added that the program helps students develop discipline and coordination, improves self confidence and allows for self-expression, and provides a sense of belonging and enjoyment.
• Who: Anyone from the public is welcome to attend. Alumni of Dassel-Cokato High School can contact organizer Deborah Moen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 236-5137 if they would like to participate in the concert.
• What: A festival that includes a Victorian-style meal and holiday concert.
• When: Sunday, Dec. 20, with doors opening at 4 p.m.
• Where: Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center (PAC).
• Cost: Tickets for the concert only are $12 for adults and $5 for youth. Tickets for the concert and meal are $20 for adults, and $10 for youth. Meal tickets for Dassel-Cokato student performers in grades 9 through 12 are $10. Tickets can be purchased through music students or at the Dassel-Cokato High School office. Meal tickets are limited, and should be purchased as soon as possible.
• Why: The event aims to be the largest fundraiser for the music program at Dassel Cokato School.