LSU to Hold Candlelight Celebration on Nov. 29 in Shaver Theatre
BATON ROUGE – LSU will hold its annual Candlelight Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 5-6 p.m. to honor the holiday traditions of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. The celebration will be held in the Claude L. Shaver Theatre in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building, with the lighting of LSU's Christmas tree immediately following in front of the Memorial Tower. The event is free and open to the public.
Members of the LSU and Baton Rouge communities are invited to join in the festivities and enjoy performances by Schola Cantorum, Cantabile String Quartet, the Ballroom Dance Club at LSU, LSU Gospel Choir, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, LSU Cheerleaders, Tiger Girls, Mike the Tiger and Santa Claus reading "A Cajun Night Before Christmas." Miss LSU Christina Famularo will emcee the event.
Volunteer LSU is asking the campus community to help local children in need by depositing new or gently used children’s coats in the boxes located around the Christmas tree during the Candlelight Celebration. Coats may also be donated until Nov. 29 in the boxes around the Christmas tree or the Volunteer LSU office in Room 350 of the LSU Student Union. Donations benefit the 23rd annual Pat’s Coats for Kids Drive hosted by WBRZ-TV. Visit www.volunteer.lsu.edu or email email@example.com for additional information.
This year's LSU Christmas tree, which arrived on campus on Monday, Nov. 14, was purchased locally from Windy Hills Farm in Ethel, La. The 32-foot tree will be decorated with lights and ornaments recycled from previous Candlelight Celebrations, including energy efficient LED lights.
A celebration of Kwanzaa, the weeklong celebration held from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 in the United States, will also take place during the holiday celebration. Following the Candlelight Celebration, the African-American Cultural Center’s Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration will be held in the LSU Student Union Atchafalaya Room at 6 p.m. Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits of the harvest" in the African language Kiswahili, was first celebrated on Dec. 26, 1966. In honor of this African-American holiday, members of the LSU and Greater Baton Rouge communities are encouraged to dress in all black or in traditional African garments and participate in the many aspects of Kwanzaa, including music, dance, food and storytelling. Cassandra Chaney, assistant professor in the food, child and consumer sciences division of the LSU School of Human Ecology, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Pre-Kwanzaa celebration. She will discuss the importance of African-American families, culture and spirituality.
A celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday that begins this year on Dec. 20 and is also known as the Festival of Lights, will also take place during the Candlelight Celebration with a performance by Hillel at LSU.
The Candlelight Celebration will be followed by Holiday on Campus at the University Recreation Center, or UREC, from 6-8 p.m., for LSU students, faculty, staff, their spouses and children. LSU Staff Senate will sponsor the 22nd-annual Holiday on Campus event. Members of the LSU community can enjoy holiday music, refreshments and plenty of activities for the entire family, including a rock-climbing wall and a visit from Santa Claus. Since the event is charity oriented, those that attend are asked to bring a donation of a canned good for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank or a new, unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program.
The LSU Christmas tree and LSU Candlelight Celebration are held in partnership with Volunteer LSU and sponsored through monetary contributions or in-kind donations provided by Campus Federal Credit Union, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., ExxonMobil, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, Ricoh, Shell and LSU Dining, in cooperation with Community Coffee and Kleinpeter Farms Dairy.
For information on the Candlelight Celebration, contact Michelle Spielman at 225-578-4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Holiday on Campus, contact the LSU Staff Senate at 225-578-8566 or email@example.com.
The above photos are from the 2010 Candlelight Celebration and tree lighting.