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Student Athlete of the Week- Olivia Ullman

Student Athlete of the Week- Olivia Ullman

Christmas Carol History & Singing event on Nov. 26 at Alpine Theatre in Ripley

Briana: Joining me now is Susanna Hostein, who is known for caroling across the region. First of all, thank you for joining me here today. Susanna: Happy to be here. Briana: If you could just start off by telling me, how did you get started caroling across the region? Susanna: It started when I was a child, really. My mother was an English war brat from World War II, and the English loved Christmas. And my mother did, too. And so she sang lots of carols along with making fruit cake and plum pudding and hanging up mistletoe. All those traditions. We sang a lot of carols. There were 13 children in the family, and we sang. And years later, I was looking at a book and I ran across a story of how 'Jingle Bells' started. You know, how it was written. And I was so fascinated. I wondered if there were stories behind other carols and I started researching. Briana: So now, this is what you do. Is it only through the holiday season is when you go around? Susanna: Yes, just the holiday season. I'm a storyteller the rest of the year, telling a variety of different stories. Just finished up with ghost stories. Briana: And tell me a little bit about the event that's going on Sunday? That you'll be doing with somebody else, right? Susanna: Right. Right. Sunday is my partner Jeff Seager and I. We've been doing this now together for over five years. He plays guitar, sings beautifully. And we tell stories behind the songs and sing them. Sometimes, we sing them alone. Sometimes, we have audience sing-a-longs. Some of them are A cappella. A lot of them are songs that people may never have heard before. So we try to vary it. Briana: So, where is this event being held at? Susanna: At the Alpine Theater in Ripley, West Virginia. Right on the main street. at 2 o'clock. Briana: 2'oclock. Susanna: On Sunday, Nov. 26. Briana: And is this the first time you guys are performing there, or have you guys done this in the past? Susanna: We haven't done it at the Alpine before, no. Briana: So, this is the first time. Susanna: No. Briana: I think you've brought something. Can you tell us a little bit. Susanna: Right. I'll tell you a little bit about this. This is a little crow mask. And it goes with a Christmas song people might not be familiar with called 'Christmas Day in the Morning,' also called 'There was a Pig Went Out to Dig.' And when we do that one, we have audience members come and wear different masks representing the different animals, and acting out the part that goes with the song. So that's a lot of fun. The other thing I brought is ... This is the classic 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' book. And you can see that its ... the illustration are not nearly as colorful as chldrens books today. This is the written story, which varies a lot of the carol that everyone is used to singing. There's quite a story behind how this came to be ... how the book came to be, and how the carol came to be. So, we usually get into that one, too. Everybody knows how to sing 'Jingle Bells.' Briana: Well, it sounds like this event is going to be a lot of fun. And that's at 2 o'clock at the Alpine. Susanna: Yes, it is. Briana: On Sunday. alright.

Wednesday, Nov. 22: WTAP Salvation Army Toy Drive at Camden Clark Medical Center

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 10 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., WTAP is hosting the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive at Camden Clark Medical Center's South Tower in Parkersburg. You can donate a new, unwrapped toy for kids in our area, and meet your favorite WTAP anchors and reporters!

Forecast for November 21st, 2017

Forecast for November 21st, 2017

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