I realize that the sheer size of current congregations would preclude this event from happening today, but it still warms my heart to think of several congregations and the school coming together to create a Christmas cantata.
The Caddo Herald
Friday, December 26, 1947
Choral Groups Present a Christmas Cantata
Sunday evening at the Methodist church singers from all the churches in Caddo presented the Christmas Cantata under the direction of Mrs. Erma Lee Taylor, with Mrs. H. F. Bass at the piano.
Selections included traditional Christmas carols. Thirty voices gave splendid harmony. Mrs. Glenn Cunningham read the Holy Scripture story of the Nativity.
The church was illuminated, 60 candles along the aisles, with tall candelabra across the alter. A large Cedar Christmas tree with varicolored lights filled a corner. Centered on the back of the pulpit was a large painting of the Nativity by Mrs. Nina Faye Hardy. Several pastel drawings by the high school art students were placed at appropriate places in the auditorium, completing the seasonal decorations.
Misses Oretha Sargent and Holland Boydstun dressed as angels, led the processional, and recessional, and lighted the candles.
Members of the choir were Mrs. Roy Barber, Mrs. Minnie Braudrick, Mrs. Vernon Cargill, Misses Lanecia Faye Dickey, Joan Hallmark, Ida Sue McGrew, Joyce and Betty Robinson, Barbara Sargent, Pauline Adair, Martha Sue Fox, and Mrs. Jim Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Young, Mrs. J. D. Maytubby, Mrs. J. B. Kirk, Mrs. Grady Sargent, Paul Edmonds, Mrs. Pat Hardy, Miss Nina Floyd Joines, T. J. Witherspoon, Miss Robbie Sargent, Glenn Cunningham, Jim Gross, Russell Fox, Rev. Thomas J. Edmonds.
Mrs. Augusta Richardson was costume designer; Mrs. Pat Hardy supervised decorations, and arrangements, and Caddo High School glee club robes were used.
Upon dismissal Mrs. H. F. Bass entertained all the choral group, their husbands and wives, and the participating pastors, at a party at her home, which was decorated with traditional Christmas.