The Week ahead: Veterans Day celebrations, Lighting of the Doves

November 10, 2018

The week begins on Sunday with a Veterans Day Tribute in The Woodlands Township, which is one of many celebrations around South Montgomery County honoring the men and women who have served the United States in the various branches of the military and armed forces.

The Woodlands Township will host its annual Veterans Day Tribute beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Town Green Park. The event will include the Presentation of Colors and musical performances. Brig. Gen. (R) Henry Ostermann — U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador will be the keynote speaker. There will be a care package drop off booth to accept donations of items to send to the troops. Go to https://bit.ly/2JBcE4X for a list of recommended items.

Get your art fix on with jazz, art class

The Woodlands Symphony and Glade Arts Foundation will host Woody Witt, an internationally recognized tenor saxophonist and resident of The Woodlands, on Nov. 15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the concert to begin at 7:30 p.m.

The program, titled “Jazz in the Wood,” features selections from Woody’s upcoming album, Live at Cezanne along with an evening of exciting improvisational art.

Meanwhile, for those procrastinating artists, The Woodlands Art League will be hosting a session for you. The “Let’s Move On! Critiques, Recover and Revitalize Your Work” workshop will be hosted from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Studio in the Woods, 26002 Budde Road. The workshop offers mentoring in revitalizing unfinished or abandoned artwork as well as starting fresh. Participants are asked to bring unfinished artwork, problem pieces or materials for a new piece.

Kick off the Holiday Season in style

The Lighting of the Doves Festival — a long-standing tradition in The Woodlands that signifies the start of the holiday season in the community — and the opening of the Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center mark the official beginning of the Holiday season in The Woodlands.

The 36th annual Lighting of the Doves Festival is back at Town Green Park on Nov. 17. The tradition, the second-longest running in the history of The Woodlands, includes performances from local and international entertainers, a snow hill, children’s activities and shopping, culminating with the titular light show and Santa Claus’s arrival in a “sleigh boat” down The Woodlands Waterway.

“A dove is a symbol of peace — appropriate now and always,” said Visit The Woodlands President Nick Wolda. “The festival allows us to celebrate the holiday season and see how people celebrate in various ways.”

And don’t forget that the official ice skating season in The Woodlands begins with the opening of the Ice Rink at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at 3 p.m. on Nov. 17. The ice rink will be open daily until Jan. 21, 2019. Call 281-419-5630 or email icerink@spectrumfcs.com for more information.

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