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A family affair
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Hark at the Park 2018, A Harvey Family Christmas, drew a packed house at Park Theater on Thursday night. The 10th year was sold out, main floor and balcony. A fundraiser to benefit children, the show has become a much-loved holiday tradition. Pictured among musicians on stage is Kevin Harvey, who delighted the crowd by singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and playing a cello.

Hark in the Park - Gabriel Tate

By: Lisa Hobbs

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Christmas traditions make memories and bring families closer together.

The Harvey family offered its annual Christmas tradition at Park Theater on Thursday night. Hark at the Park 2018, A Harvey Family Christmas, was a sold-out show.

“Believe it or not, this is our 10th year,” said Steve Harvey, who announced the musical acts. “This is a fundraiser for Magness Library and Hamilton Street Activity Center. All proceeds are split between the two. We appreciate you being here and supporting these worthy causes.”

Chuck Jones kicked off the evening with a Christmas carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Please Come Home for Christmas.”

Dr. Wally Bigbee joined this year’s lineup. With Tommy Vann on piano and backup vocals, he sang Bing Crosby’s “Christmas is A-Comin’.” The song lyrics reminded visitors that Christmas is for giving and, “The more you give at Christmas time, the more you’ll get.”

Other artists and musicians were: Kevin Harvey, Joe Harvey, Gabriel Tate, Pacey Tate, Ashley Fernandez, and Mariachi Sol Azecta, John Harvey, Jason McVey, Sarah McVey, and Scott Harvey. 

Ballerinas of Hamilton Street offered special performances. The dancers were Jasmine Mason, Jaida Forsythe, Keiairra Forsythe, Elizabeth Martin, Katelyn Fisher, Lakeli Scheidler, Ally May, Elexis Brinkley, Allie Gibson, Paula Ruble, Ariana Rosado, Jaylynn Lance, Aubree Sims, Jazmyn Watson, Ashley Fernandez, Al Jaco, Pacey Tate, Amara King, and Taliaha Martin. Instructors are Katie Cooper and Mary Humphrey.

If you missed the event, you can catch two performances on the Southern Standard website: a video of Gabriel Tate singing “O Holy Night,” and one video of Ballerinas of Hamilton Street.