Fortuna Hosts free holiday music fest on Dec. 8

The Humboldt Beacon

Tubas, accordions, barbershop singers, choirs, bands, and a full orchestra will perform at Fortuna's Christmas Music Festival. The festival brings together a selection of talent from all over Humboldt County to deliver a musical gift to the community at Fortuna's River Lodge, Sunday, Dec. 8 at 12:30 p.m.

The line-up for the 37th annual event is: the All Seasons Orchestra at 12:30 p.m., Humboldt Harmonaires at 1 p.m., Humboldt Accordionaires at 1:30 p.m., Fortuna High School Choirs at 2 p.m., Scotia Band at 2:30 p.m., Ferndale Community Choir at 3 p.m., College of the Redwoods Concert Band at 4 p.m., Tuba Christmas at 4:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Choir at 5 p.m., Fortuna High School Symphonic at 5:30 p.m., and the Festival Finale at 6 p.m.

The festival ends at 6:15 p.m. with an audience sing-along finale featuring Silent Night and the Hallelujah chorus. Lyrics are on the program.

The festival is free but several charitable groups benefit from donations at the event: Refreshments benefit the Fortuna Junior Academy and cash donations are accepted for the Santa's Sleigh toy and clothing drive. Patrons can help by contributing to St. Joseph's Pantry Shelf, Fortuna holiday food drive. Non-perishable food donations can be left in bins inside the River Lodge.

Fortuna's River Lodge Conference Center is on Riverwalk Drive on the west side of Highway 101. If traveling on Highway 101, take the Kenmar exit, west on Riverwalk Drive, one-tenth mile to the conference center.

Overflow parking is available behind the Best Western Country Inn on Alamar Way or in the Funky Monkey parking lot.

For information call the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce at 707-725-3959 or Fortuna Business Improvement District at 707-725-9261.

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Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon file photo

The All Seasons Orchestra, conducted by Justin Sousa, will perform at this year's Christmas Music Festival to be held at the River Lodge in Fortuna Dec. 8.