It was a cool Yule at school for participants in the annual “Motlow Smyrna Holiday Traditions Show.”
It also was a caroling Kwanzaa and happy Hanukkah.
The Smyrna Entertainment, Arts & Media Club (SEAM) at Motlow State Community College sponsored the concert, which featured poetry and music from all three winter holidays of diverse faiths.
“We did want to be inclusive, not just one specific holiday,” said club president Lee Bebout of Murfreesboro, who’s studying mass communications at Motlow State.
Not only was the show a celebration of winter holidays, it also showcased the talents of both faculty and students at the college.
The concert was co-hosted by SEAM vice president Bryna Green of LaVergne, another mass communications major at Motlow State, and English professor Nicholas Bush, who also does stand-up comedy routines in Nashville.
Green and Bush kept the laughs rolling in between the serious readings and poetry about the candles that kept burning through Hanukkah and the birth of the Christ child in the manger. The Latin hymn “Pie Jesu” was performed by student Megan Buzard of Murfreesboro — a science major who plans to go into occupational therapy.
Paige Hendrickson, the Smyrna campus librarian, volunteered to vocalize several holiday tunes a capella, as did speech instructor Robert Davenport, who regularly performs in a barbershop quartet but sang solo in this show.
In addition, SEAM Club sponsor and mass communications instructor Charles Whiting played the keyboard while singing his original composition “Snowbound”.
The show concluded with most of the performers joining together in a round of Christmas carols.
The event included a free holiday film festival that included showings of “Home Alone” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
The “Peanuts” gang knows how to put on a holiday pageant — and so, it appears, do the students and faculty at Motlow State.