Concert features Living Christmas Tree

Dec. 7-9
By Beth A. Birmingham | Dec 03, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham The Living Christmas Tree choir held a dress rehearsal Dec. 2 at Thomaston Baptist Church in preparation for its annual concert series this weekend.

Thomaston — The annual Living Christmas Tree performance is set to be held Dec. 7-9 at Thomaston Baptist Church.

The Living Christmas Tree is a 34-person choir made up of community members who come together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in song. Directed by Rebecca Leonard and accompanied by Sybil Wentworth on piano and Tracie Payor on keyboard, this year's concert will feature "Journey of Promises," a cantata by composer and arranger Joseph M. Martin and Brant Adams.

The narration, traditional carols and new anthems trace the story of the birth of the Christ child.

Sopranos in the choir are Shelby Chadwick, Sharon Chadwick, Florence Colby, Stevi Flaherty, Kim Hammond, Samantha Mank, Phyllis McNealy, Maura Morse, Allie Payor, Tena Wallace, and Sue Thurston.

Altos are Vanessa Boynton, Jenn Burns, Christine Dunkle, Jean Faustini, Micaela Fairfield, Cathy Grindell, Celia Jones, Sue Pedretti, Maxine Philbrook, Meg Sawyer, and Marcia Steenstra.

Tenors are Walden Chandler, Jacqueline Harjula, Andrew Lappin, Bill Leonard, Gabe Payor, Wayne Sawyer, and Curtis Tyler.

Bass singers are Horace Benner, David Holden, Stephen Maxwell, Jeff Morse, Larry Schooley, William Waldron, and Eben Wight.

Frank Willis is the sound manager for the performances.

The free concerts will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. A basket will be available by the entrance for anyone wishing to make a donation. All donations are used to support the costs of the annual Living Christmas Tree performances.

Thomaston Baptist Church is located at 212 Main St.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Keyboardist Tracie Payor and pianist Sybil Wentworth accompany the Living Christmas Tree choir during dress rehearsal Dec. 2. The annual free concerts will be held Dec. 7-9 at Thomaston Baptist Church. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Running through a list of participants in the Living Christmas Tree is director Rebecca Leonard during dress rehearsal Dec. 2 (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Sound manager Frank Willis listens as the Living Christmas Tree choir rehearses Dec. 2 at Thomaston Baptist Church. The annual free concert will take place this weekend, Dec. 7-9. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Checking out the sound from the balcony at Thomaston Baptist Church as the Living Christmas Tree choir rehearses for its upcoming concert series this weekend. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Dec 09, 2013 15:47

Thanks to all who performed in the living tree. The annual tradition fills the Thomaston Baptist Church each year and is the start of the Christmas season for me. Such wonderful choral singers and talented pianists!

Mickey McKeever

Posted by: Marshalee Douty | Dec 04, 2013 08:27

Lovely article about a treasured community tradition. Thank you. Marsha Douty

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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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