Campus gears up for the holidays with Lighting of the Green
By Janel Shoun-Smith on 11/8/2013
Lighting of the Green
Allen Arena Mall
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Festivities: 4 p.m.
Concert: 5:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited!
Lipscomb University kicks-off the holiday season Tuesday, Dec. 3, with the award-winning Amy Grant as hostess and a special line-up of surprise guest artists at the ninth annual Lighting of the Green concert. This year's performance will also feature the Lipscomb student choruses.
Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and the concert begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Allen Arena Mall. Free photos with Santa are available. Food is also available for purchase at the Bennett Campus Center’s Chick-Fil-A, Papa John’s Pizza, Blue Coast Burrito, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Zebi’s and Starbucks.
For the second year in a row, Lighting of the Green is expected to serve as the launch event for the Lipscomb online Christmas auction, featuring exciting and unique items, to benefit Lipscomb scholarships. Watch www.LipscombChristmas-auction.com for more details as the event approaches.
The Merry Marketplace, a collection of holiday vendors providing a portion of their profits to benefit scholarships at Lipscomb, will take place in the Allen Arena lobby and concourse beginning at 4 p.m. Department of Theatre students will serve cookies and hot chocolate from "Colonial Williamsburg," and the evening will conclude with the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree in the Allen Arena Mall.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a gift of canned food or cash for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Guests are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the concert. Handicapped parking will be available in the Allen Arena parking garage.
|Ms. Cheap and Randy Lowry|
Memories of Lighting of the Green 2012
More than 3,500 people packed the Allen Arena Mall on Nov. 27, 2012, at Lipscomb’s Lighting of the Green.
Nashville’s own Amy Grant hosted the free outdoor holiday concert. The 2012 performance also featured contemporary Christian artist Ashley Cleveland; Mandisa, of American Idol fame; The Martins, Christian music vocal trio; L’Angelus, a Cajun inspired band; Scat Springs, founder of the Scat Band and classic rhythm and blues singer; Michelle Swift, contemporary Christian singer; Opus Row; the Lipscomb Academy fourth, fifth grade and high school concert choruses and Lipscomb University's choruses.
"Beyond the music we have enjoyed, I hope you will take with you the image of a university that still believes in the narrative of God,” President L. Randolph Lowry told the crowd. He added that other universities have left their faith traditions behind, but "our university still celebrates its faith. We want our image to be of a university that shares with the world the servanthood of Christ."
The evening concluded with the lighting of the 30-foot tall Christmas tree by Mary Hance, known to Nashvillians as the beloved “Ms. Cheap” of the Tennessean. Hance’s column features free and inexpensive events and bargains in the Nashville area. She also leads the annual Ms. Cheap Penny Drive for Second Harvest.
"Is this a great free event or what,” Hance excitedly asked the crowd. She expressed her appreciation for those who participated in her penny drive and said that Second Harvest can provide four meals for every dollar donated.
Guests also enjoyed free pictures with Santa and shopping at Merry Marketplace, a collection of holiday vendors with a portion of the purchases benefiting scholarships to Lipscomb.
Sponsors for the 2012 event included American Paper & Twine, Arthur J. Gallagher, Bacon Construction, C.O. Christian & Sons, Glover Group Entertainment Inc., Herring Technology and Stites & Harbison. In-kind sponsors are Don Kennedy Roofing, Bill and Neika Stephens, Liberty Party Rental, Sodexo, Kubota of Lebanon and Geny’s Wholesale Flowers.
|Amy Grant||Ashley Cleveland|
|Hot Cocoa||The Martins|
|Opus Row||Scat Springs|