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Concert to benefit Franklin Mall project

The Indian Valley Community Band will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Sandwich Opera House. Donations will be accepted at the free concert for the Franklin Mall Christmas Project food drive.
The Indian Valley Community Band will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Sandwich Opera House. Donations will be accepted at the free concert for the Franklin Mall Christmas Project food drive.

A holiday concert performed by Indian Valley Community Band will again benefit the Franklin Mall Christmas Project food drive.

This musical event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., downtown Sandwich.

Come out and enjoy the sounds of Christmas in a historic building that has been restored to its 1890s splendor. Layers of paint were scrutinized to assure the ceiling, wall stenciling and colors would be recreated for audiences to enjoy. The Opera House is handicapped-accessible, with a walking ramp just west of the front door and elevator inside that will take patrons to the refurnished audience seats on the second floor.

The program of music being rehearsed by the Indian Valley Community Band includes “And He Shall Be Named Emmanuel,” as well as holiday favorites like “Frosty the Snowman” and “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays.” This multi-generational group of musicians, high school age to senior citizens, lives in various communities throughout the Fox Valley area and rehearses and plays throughout the year as they join together to express their various talents.

The public is invited to this musical event. There is no admission charge, but canned goods, nonperishable items or monetary donations will be accepted at the door for the Franklin Mall Christmas Project.

"Indian Valley Community Band hopes to see a wonderful crowd at the 26th annual Christmas Concert and concertgoers will be treated to a punch and cookie reception afterwards," said a news release from the group.

For more information, leave a message at 815-786-6752 or follow the band on its Facebook page.

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