A little rain didn’t stop Lipscomb University from celebrating the start of the 2010 Christmas season in style.
The sixth annual Lighting of the Green, Tuesday, Nov. 30, brought Christmas cheer to Nashville this year from inside Allen Arena. This year hostess Amy Grant included various family members in the show including daughter Sarah Chapman, singing "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and youngest daughter Corinna Gill singing a rousing version of "Jingle Bells" that got the entire audience clapping.
Special guest Susan Ashton stopped the show with a performance of "Oh Holy Night" backed up by the David Lipscomb High School Chorus and the Lipscomb University A Cappella Singers, and special guest Dave Barnes performed selected songs from his new Christmas album. A multi-generational ensemble from the Amun Ra Theatre's Black Nativity Celebration 2010
added to the mix with a performance of the spiritual "Go Tell It on the Mountain."
Lighting of the Green's traditional activities – free cookies and hot chocolate and free photos with Santa, were supplemented this year with the Merry Marketplace, a first time event featuring various local vendors selling goodies to support scholarships to Lipscomb. Pampered Chef and Ten Thousand Villages were joined by vendors such as Homemade Gourmet and Doodle Clips in the sale sponsored by the Associated Women for Lipscomb.
The arena, packed with a capacity crowd, also enjoyed the free hot chocolate and cookies passed out by Lipscomb theater students dressed in the style of colonial Williamsburg.
Despite the rain, the audience still enjoyed the lighting of Lipscomb's own Christmas tree outside the arena through the magic of video.