Magness Library held its sixth annual Christmas at the Library on Dec. 22. The concert attracted a packed house.
Scott Camp began the evening with a piano instrumental of what he called, “A Christmas Fantasy Improv,” which consisted of different Christmas songs. Kevin Harvey and John Harvey joined Camp and the trio performed theme songs from the “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Mele Kalikimaka,” and “The Grinch.”
Concert-goer Mia-Lan Powers says this was her fourth year in attendance.
“I look forward to this every year,” said Powers, during intermission. “This is the sixth year for the concert and I’ve been in attendance the last four years. I wouldn’t miss it. The food is always delicious and the music is delightful. I would give tonight a 10. It has been wonderful.”
The event attracted newcomers.
“I am enjoying it,” said Martha Phillips, Children’s Advocacy Center executive director. “This is my first year. I loved the Charlie Brown music. When they started playing it, I was literally 8 years old again. It instantly took me back to my childhood.”
Among the lineup were Lucy Haston and Griffin Winton. The duo performed “My Favorite Things,” from “The Sound of Music,” and Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.”
“We’ve got one more we would like to do tonight,” said Winton. “Lucy and I have been singing this song as long as we have been a McMinnville power couple. I find it interesting the song can still find its way to the hearts of people year after year.”
The duo performed John Lennon’s 1971 song, “So This Is Christmas.”
Other musicians performing various types of Christmas music were Joe Harvey, Christine Grayson, Lee Carr, MidDay Farm Report, Nicky Bouldin and Scott Harvey.
Magness Library director Brad Walker says the intent behind the concert is to have fun and benefit children.
“These concerts are always a lot of fun,” said Walker. “I hope everyone enjoys it. The money goes to a good cause. It goes to the children who visit the library and the children who visit the activity center.”
McMinnville Housing Authority director Lisa Harvey started the concert, while Magness Library holds it. Concert proceeds are split between the library to purchase children’s books and Hamilton Street Activity Center. The center offers homework assistance, afternoon snacks, supervised activities, and organized play to school-age children who live in public housing.
For more information about the library, call 473-2428 or visit magnesslibrary.org.