Rector Christmas Parade Falls Victim to Weather
Weather. The one word sums-up the story for holiday events held in both Piggott and Rector the past two weeks. In light of the forecast, deciding whether to cancel or go forward is a challenge for organizers who are sure to disappoint some and please others. Last Thursday's Rector Christmas Parade, sponsored by Rector Area Chamber of Commerce, was cancelled due to a forecast deluge that held off until later in the evening. But, the annual community gathering at the Rector Community Center did take place with plenty of hot chocolate and good conversation. In keeping with the spirit of the season, the children performing were dressed in their red and green finery with festive additions of felt reindeer antlers and lighted head wear.
First to perform for the crowd was the RHS Chorus under the direction of Amber Bucy, first year choir director and music teacher. Several numbers were performed concluding with the popular “Let There Be Peace on Earth” which left the audience smiling and applauding. The group has increased in number and skill, with soprano and alto voices blending “in perfect harmony.”
Next, the second-grade chorus enjoyed singing several numbers including “Up on the Housetop.” Obviously they were prepared, as they knew all the words and sang with enthusiasm.
The sixth-grade band played several Christmas tunes, including “Jingle Bells” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” plus “Up on the Housetop,” before joining the high school band for its final number.
The most impressive number performed by the RHS Concert Band was “Fantasy on a Burgundian Carol” which is unfamiliar by name but when the director gave the downbeat, the tune was very recognizable and the band did a superb job in performing the piece. The marching tune for the parade would have been “Angels We Have Heard on High,” but Kyle Kempf, band director, joked with the audience saying, “we would have played this tune 27 times in the parade, but now, you’ll only hear it once. You’re welcome.”
The band’s final number included the sixth graders in performing “The Tempest,” with stormy sounds and rolling thunder, another classic piece performed with skill and a great sound.
Santa also with children in the dining room as the band performed in the Crockett Multi-Purpose Room. Parade Grand Marshal Reuben Seay also made an appearance, and visited with family and friends. And, while the crowd was diminished in number, the spirit was still a good one for the annual community Christmas celebration.