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Beloved story: ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ is about acceptance

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent


From left to right: Savannah Blackburn, Sarah Amash and Rachel Green star as angels in the Alamance Children's Theatre's production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." [Nick Chester / Special to the Times-News

   A well-loved Burlington theater tradition is     back — Alamance Children’s Theatre is   presenting “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m.   Friday  and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and   Sunday at the Paramount Theater, 128 E.   Front   St., Burlington.
This year is special because the show is being   directed by two high school seniors, Kara   Gilmore and Emily Sledge. Both have acted   previously in various local productions.
“I’ve worked with many directors in my   community and I feel like I’ve learned a lot   from  all of them,” Sledge said. “Each of them   has a different take on directing, and I have   been able to develop my own style as well.”
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is the   story of what happens when mother Grace   Bradley (Madison Kimrey) is stuck leading a   church Christmas pageant involving the read more…

Virginia governor’s race a confidence boost

Commentary by Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

   On Nov. 7, Virginia elected a new governor for the next four years. In what was expected to be a close race, Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam won with an impressive nine-point margin. He will succeed fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe as the 73rd governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Reactions following election night included much celebration from national Democrats who see this as a revival of their party. They certainly have reason to do so, making huge gains in Republican-leaning Virginia Beach while also solidifying landslide support in previously competitive northern Virginia.
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Things To Do (week of Nov. 27, 2017)


Ice skating rink: Now through Dec. 17, front lawn at Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main St., Graham. Free, but you must request tickets for specific time sessions. For more details, call 336-792-1189 or visit the Graham Recreation and Parks’ Facebook page.
Mebane Christmas Parade: 7 p.m. Friday in downtown Mebane. Rain date is Dec. 8.
Graham Christmas Parade: 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Graham. 336-229-4225 or

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