Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Get in the holiday spirit with “Christmas in Faribault 2020” concert this evening December 19, 2020

Courtesy promo art

REMINDER: Only hours from now, my southern Minnesota community’s first-ever virtual community holiday concert, “Christmas in Faribault 2020,” debuts at 7 pm. If you missed my post about this event earlier this week, click here for the backstory.

I’m excited to view/hear this concert featuring a wide range of talented local musicians. Like the Benson Family Singers, Fourth Avenue Four Barbershop Quartet, Gail Kaderlik, Cindy Glende, Alberto Arriaza and many others.

You can tune in to see (or hear) the concert on Faribault Community Public Television (Spectrum/ Charter 181 or Consolidated 10), KDHL (AM 920) radio, or YouTube. The YouTube option will remain open to watch anytime.

Me, ringing bells for the Salvation Army in a previous December. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo by Randy Helbling.

The purpose of the concert, according to lead organizer the Rev. Greg Ciesluk of Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, is to lift our spirits and to help those in need. “Concert goers” are encouraged to donate to the Salvation Army via:

1) Giving at Salvation Army red kettles.

2) Mailing checks to: Salvation Army of Rice County, 617 3rd Ave. N.W., Faribault, MN. 55021

3) Giving online via the Salvation Army North, Faribault and donate.

Enjoy, dear readers. I am honored to be part of this event via holiday photos I’ve taken in Faribault and which are incorporated into the concert. Thank you to all who contributed to this event. It takes a team to make this happen. What a wonderful community of caring people who have come together to uplift us.

© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


6 Responses to “Get in the holiday spirit with “Christmas in Faribault 2020” concert this evening”

  1. John E Luedke Says:

    We enjoyed the program and thank you all for the time put into this. Jack & Jackie Luedke

    • It was a wonderful concert, wasn’t it? We have some incredibly talented musicians in this community. I enjoyed the variety of songs, the emceeing by Sheriff Troy Dunn and the strong, positive and joyful tone of the concert. I think this needs to become an annual Faribault tradition.

      Special thanks to Pastor Greg Ciesluk and Gail Kaderlik for taking the lead on this. Thanks to all the musicians. Thanks to Sheriff Dunn. And thanks, Julie Fox, for pulling everything together. Well done, all. Merry Christmas! And remember to donate to the Salvation Army.

  2. What a great event and I’m so happy that some of your pics were a part of it!

  3. Susan Ready Says:

    How wonderful you were able to play a visual part in this virtual holiday concert.

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