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CHORAL SOCIETY FOSTERS LOVE AND JOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

On a recent weekend, with just a few rehearsals left to go before their big holiday concert, members of the Hilton Head Choral Society are hard at work.

As they practice in the sun-drenched dining room at the Country Club of Hilton Head, their attention seems to shift from Tim Reynolds, their longtime artistic director, to their sheet music. Paying close attention to the sheet music is critical: they’ve marked up every page in pencil to make sure they give Reynolds exactly what he wants from each alto, tenor, soprano, and bass when singing a particular bar of music.

ALAN JORDAN WILL LEAD THE HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Northerners often move to Hilton Head Island seeking a slower pace and a step back from life in an urban center. Alan Jordan, who will leave the Delaware Symphony Orchestra at the end of the year to lead the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, has a different perspective.

“This is a step up for me,” he said. 

A good book makes a great holiday present, and a book by a local author is even better. Give someone you love the gift of learning about the Lowcountry this holiday season.

GODSPELL“Godspell” — the popular musical that debuted on Broadway in 1971 — takes the stage Nov. 13-24 at Hilton Head Preparatory School’s Main Street Theatre.

Presented by Main Street Youth Theatre, the musical is based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, detailing the last days in the life of Jesus Christ and including dramatized versions of several well-known parables. 

The NutcrackerHilton Head Dance Theatre will present the classic holiday story of “The Nutcracker” from Nov. 15-24 at the Seahawk Cultural Center. 

Sophia Nimmer, Jamal Edwards, Brittany Hanna and Samuel Chester will dance the Grande Pas de Deux. Mackenzie Starnes and Brittany Hanna will share the role of the Snow Queen, while Anna Pellicci and Sophia Nimmer will share the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The role of party host goes to Danny Tidwell, the runner-up on the third season of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

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PUT DOWN THE FORK: HERE ARE THINGS TO DO ON THANKSGIVING BESIDES EAT

Sure, you could treat this like any other Thanksgiving, stuffing yourself with … well, stuffing and watching some of the worst football of the season. Or you could make this a holiday to remember. Ready to get away from your family’s misguided political opinions and have some fun? Here are two ways to fill your time without filling your mouth.

JAZZ EVENINGOct. 26  

The Lavon Stevens Band will take the stage to benefit Heroes of the Lowcountry at the nonprofit group’s annual dinner-dance gala Oct. 26. Attendees will enjoy a Lowcountry dinner prepared on site by local chef George Washington as well as dancing, a silent auction and a raffle. 

The gala will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, 151 Gumtree Road, Hilton Head Island. 

VEGFESTCANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER! To promote compassion for all living creatures and a healthy planet, the Palmetto Plant Eaters Club is hosting its fourth vegan festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Shelter Cove Community Park. VegFest will feature food and merchandise venders, music, giveaways, raffles and more. 

Oct. 17-20 & 24-27  

LEAN ENSEMBLE

Lean Ensemble Theater launches its boldest season yet with Stephen Karam’s award-winning “The Humans.” This 2016 Tony Award and Drama Desk Winner for Best Play is an intimate look at Thanksgiving dinner with a modern American family — a glimpse that is searingly funny and painfully troubled.