Chili, stories on tap tonight

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, December 1, 2011

When the weather turns a bit nippy, then it’s Chili Country Christmas time at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge.

The Brundidge Historical Society will welcome award-winning performer Barbara Bates-Smith back to the We Piddle Around Theater tonight and Saturday in “Deck the Halls Southern Style.”

“We are excited to have Barbara Bates-Smith back at the We Piddle Around Theater,” said Lawrence Bowden, BHS president. “Her performance of ‘Ivy Rowe’ from Lee Smith’s ‘Fair and Tender Ladies’ was outstanding and we knew then that we wanted to invite her back. Her Christmas performance will be special.”

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The sold-out audiences will be treated to Bates-Smith’s performance of three highly acclaimed Southern writers, as well as her own Christmas story.

She will bring to the stage works from Lee Smith’s “Fair and Tender Ladies,” Allan Gurgansus’ “The Christmas Spectacle” and Truman Capote’s “Christmas Memory.”

The audience will be meet Lee Smith’s “ladysisters,” Gurganus’ oldest living Confederate widow and Capote’s “Buddy.”

The performance will end with the “Mary” story from the Bible.

“We are equally proud to have Jeff Sebens back with us,” Bowden said. “He will provide the accompaniment on the hammered dulcimer for Barbara Bate-Smith’s performance and will also provide our pre-show music. He is a widely acclaimed musician and plays at festivals and concerts across the country. Together, they will present a very memorable Christmas show.”

Doors to the We Piddle Around Theater open for supper at 6:30 p.m. and the performance will begin around 7 p.m.