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Keep Your Christmas Tree Beautiful All Season

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – You’ve picked the perfect tree – now how do you keep it looking beautiful all through the Keep your cut tree looking beautiful!Christmas season?

  1. Purchase a fresh tree with needles that do not fall off when shaken.
  2. Recut the base of the stem and stand it in water as soon as you get it home.
  3. Store the tree outdoors, standing in a bucket of water, until it is brought inside.
  4. Avoid exposing the tree to heat sources and warm drafts. Use an antitranspirant spray to help slow the drying out of needles.
  5. Be sure your tree stand is large enough to hold adequate water. Check the water level daily and keep the cut surface covered with water at all times. A cut Christmas tree will absorb between 2 pints and one gallon of water per day. Use plain water, no additives.

For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

WCU ‘Sounds of the Season’ Concert December 4

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

CULLOWHEE NC – Western Carolina University student and faculty musicians and vocalists will join with the Smoky Mountain High School Show Choir, the Western Carolina Community Chorus and the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra in presenting the annual “Sounds of the Season” fundraising concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

All proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships for WCU music students. “With recent cuts from the state Legislature, the School of Music has only about two-thirds of the scholarship funds it had four years ago, so the funds raised from this concert are critical to the success of our students and the many wonderful live programs we have throughout the year,” said Will Peebles, director of the School of Music.

WCU ensembles taking part in the concert include the Concert Choir and University Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet and Early Music Ensemble. Other WCU musicians will be featured on clarinet, flute, percussion, angklung and saxophone.

The one-and-a-half-hour program will include an intermission and a visit from Santa Claus.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for WCU faculty and staff, and seniors; and $5 for students and children. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling the Bardo Center box office at 828-227-2479.

For more general information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.