by Stephen Dafoe
Morinville –It will be a festive Friday at Higher Grounds Espresso Bar Dec. 6. That’s the night the coffee house’s Hot Dogma talent night gets in tune with the season for a Christmas-themed evening of community entertainment called Feliz Navi-Dogma.
Organizers are looking forward to showcasing a variety of local talent in the annual show. As always, all are welcome, but this time around the coffee shop is asking performers to make sure their songs and acts have a Christmas flare to them.
“It’s because it’s Christmas and to celebrate the spirit of Christmas that’s in the community,” said Higher Grounds Volunteer Manager Crystal Terhorst, adding the show is just like any other Hot Dogma night, except performers are asked to put in a Christmas twist. “We ask every person involved to do something Christmasy. They can dress up Christmasy or part of their presentation needs to be Christmasy.”
Last year’s event included a Christmas-themed game interspersed between local singers and performers. Terhorst said a game is likely to form part of this year’s event, adding to the sense of community and seasonal spirit in the room.
“It’s just an evening of fun, music, laughter,” Terhorst said, noting the event is particularly special to those who volunteer to run the coffee house. “We are a faith community and it is very important to us because the celebration has to do with the arrival of our Lord, God becoming man and one of us. That’s reason to celebrate. We want to celebrate the Lord, Jesus Christ. This is our focus and our whole reason to be here is to serve the community and promote the message of Christ in our community. A message of love and acceptance and fellowship.”
But Terhorst is quick to point out Feliz Navi-Dogma is not a religious event. You are as likely to hear Jingle Bell Rock as you are O Come All Ye Faithful. “We’re not doing a religious evening; we’re doing a community evening,” she said. “We’re inviting people to come and do something Christmasy. Everyone is welcome here.”
Variety of talent welcome
Terhorst said local musician Paul Smith would host the evening, serving as emcee for the event and will be performing a number or two of his own. The Christmas show is looking for a variety of acts: singers, musicians, dancers, poets, magicians, and any other act that is suitable for a family performance.
Feliz Navidogma takes place Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Higher Grounds Espresso Bar, located on 100 Avenue next door to Bistro de Madre Piccola.
Performers aged 10 and above are welcome. For more information or to book a slot call 780-939-5154 or drop into Higher Grounds Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.