WT Storytellers to Host Holiday Event at Creek House Honey Farm 

Chip Chandler

Communication students Pedro Lama-Colon, left, and Duncan Neus rehearse a puppetry story for a Dec. 5 storytelling event to be held at Creek House Honey Farm. Photo provided by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Contact: Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]

 

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University students will host a special holiday storytelling event at Creek House Honey Farm, 5005 Fourth Ave. in Canyon.

This family-friendly event, scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5, will include holiday stories for people of all ages.

“Attendees should expect a variety of tales that will include the story behind some holiday traditions, audience participation and puppets,” said Paula Schlegel, associate lecturer of communication studies. “Many of the stories told are not found in a book.”

Storytelling will take place in the event room of Creek House Honey Farm, which is separated from the restaurant and store area, providing a safe environment for kids while parents enjoy other parts of the venue if they choose.

Students will share the art of storytelling through Christmas stories that engage the audience.

“Storytelling is interactive,” Schlegel said. “This interaction between the teller and the audience creates a land of enchantment through active imagination.”

The event is part of a busy weekend of holiday activities in Canyon. WT’s annual Festival of Lights kicks off the season at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 on the Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughn Pedestrian Mall, north of Old Main and near the Hayward Spirit Tower.

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s Christmas Open House will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, and Canyon Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas in Canyon events will kick off at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 4, concluding with the Parade of Lights at 6:30 p.m. around the downtown square.

WT’s Chamber Singers will give a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex.

Finally, the WT Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert, “Music of the Christmas Season,” will be held at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall. Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Supporting the arts and humanities is a key goal of the University’s long-term plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World. That plan is being fueled by the historic, $125 million One West comprehensive fundraising campaign.

 

About the WT Department of Communication 

The WT Department of Communication houses two undergraduate programs: Communication Studies and Media Communication, with three areas of emphasis in each program as well as the option to seek teacher certification in speech or journalism. The master’s program offers two areas of emphasis: one in Communication and one in Media Management. Both can be completed online. For information on the department, visit wtamu.edu/academics/college-fine-arts-humanities/department-communication/index.html.

 

About West Texas A&M University

WT is located in Canyon, Texas, on a 342-acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of The Texas A&M University System since 1990. WT, a Hispanic Serving Institution since 2016, boasts an enrollment of about 10,000 and offers 60 undergraduate degree programs, 40 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 14 men’s and women’s athletics programs.

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