Try This: Christmas with touch of Celtic spirit

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



It’s merriment set to fiddles at the seventh annual Celtic Christmas celebration, Winterdance. The concert will feature acoustic Celtic trio Molly’s Revenge, with guest vocalist Christa Burch and the Irish dancers from the Geraldine Murray School of Portland. The performance will include Christmas songs and carols from different countries, given a Celtic twist with combinations of the fiddle, whistle, guitar, bagpipes, bodhran and mandola.

When: 7:30 tonight.

Where: Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield.

Admission: $18 to $20 for those 21 and older.

Telephone: 360-887-7260


The celebration is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Last-minute shopping

Last-minute shoppers can browse a variety of prints, jewelry, clothing, handbags, hats and accessories by artists and artisans while enjoying live music, food, drink and children’s activities. Musical performances include Bryan Graves, Laugh at Linus, Crawfish, Slim Bacon and more. The event “The Underdog Takes Washington” will be the final show of the season for the Crafty Underdog, a group that celebrates crafting.

When: 1 to 6 p.m. today.

Where: Eagles Lodge, 107 E. Seventh St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.


3. Family holiday comedy

The last two performances of “Christmas Belles” will be presented by Serendipity Players. In this comedic take on the holidays, the Futrell Sisters are anything but festive as the church Christmas program is slipping into chaos, with a grumpy Santa and a reluctant Elvis impersonator only adding to the confusion as holiday hijinks ensue.

When: 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Serendipity Playhouse, 500 Washington St., Vancouver.

Admission: $15.

Telephone: 360-834-3588.


4. Making the season bright

“Christmas Comes Alive” with Jay “Bird” Koder and Friends is a Christmas concert and benefit for Love Now, an outreach program of Crossroads Community Church that works in Africa. The concert will feature favorite and traditional songs presented in a variety of music genres from traditional jazz to pop. Performers include guitarist Koder, pianist Jason Ritchie, a local children’s choir, bassist Daniel Fusco, vocalist Ryan Hurley and other surprise guests.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Crossroads Community Church, 7708 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $6, $20 for families.

Telephone: 360-256-9711.


5. ‘Monsters’ scare in the holidays

In the monster world, everything is powered by the energy of children’s screams. And James P. Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) is one of the factory’s top Scarers, assisted by his best friend, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). Everything looks on the up-and-up until Boo, a human girl, follows Sullivan home. “Monsters, Inc. 3D” is rated G.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia Mill Plain, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; various Regal Cinemas.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200;Cinetopia, 360-213-2800 Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.


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