On Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 the St. Tikhon’s Community gathered together for the Annual Feast of St. Nicholas Community Celebration. Many thanks go out to both Kristi Mackey and Leslie Patton for their hard work coordinating the event. The music for the evening was provided by Seminarian Matthew Joyner and his wife Ashley Joyner who sang a selection of songs from their self-recorded new Christmas album “Please Joyne Us for Christmas” before leading the room in singing well-known favorites like "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "O Holy Night." The Dean of the Seminary, Fr. Steven Voytovich and Faculty member, Dr. Mary Ford also led the group in singing "O Who Loves Nicholas the Saintly" in both English and Russian.
Leslie Patton, Mat. Rebecca Markewich, and Karmin Hibbard taught the children how to make crafted snowflakes, pinecone reindeer, and pipe cleaner candy canes.
Of course, our Saint Nicholas Day celebration wouldn't be complete without a visit from St. Nicholas himself, who brought gifts of "golden" coins, candy, and oranges for all of the children! St. Nick also donated some of his precious time by sitting for a photo with each of the children (and some adults.)
A wonderful time was had by all those present. Each year this event provides an important opportunity for the community to gather together for a fun time before finals week and Christmas break.
On behalf of the entire Saint Tikhon's community we would like to thank all of the people who volunteered their time and talent to make this event possible.