Stories this week at WFU

By Jacob McConnico
November 23, 2005

FESTIVAL TO HIGHLIGHT ADVENT SEASON — Scripture readings, musical performances and congregational hymns to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season will be part of the Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols at 11 a.m. Nov. 29 in Wait Chapel. The free, public event is sponsored by Wake Forest's Divinity School.

Contact: Jacob McConnico, or (336) 758-5237.

WFU HANDBELL CHOIR TO PERFORM BENEFIT CONCERT — Wake Forest University's Handbell Choir will perform its annual "Carols of the Bells" benefit concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 in Davis Chapel in Wingate Hall. The concert, which raises funds for Brenner's Children's Hospital, features Wake Forest students performing traditional Christmas carols. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds will go to the hospital.

Contact: Cheryl V. Walker, or (336) 758-5237.

UNIVERSITY 'LIGHTS THE QUAD' FOR THE HOLIDAYS — Students will decorate Hearn Plaza (Quad) in front of Reynolda Hall with a live evergreen tree, greenery and lights beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The interfaith celebration will feature music, singing, speakers and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Cheryl V. Walker, or (336) 758-5237.

HOLIDAY CONCERTS MARK SEASON AT WFU — The Wake Forest choirs will perform a holiday concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature performances by the ensembles of the Wake Forest Choral Department. Music will include works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Jeffrey Van, Gustave Holst and Dan Locklair, Wake Forest's composer-in-residence. Audience members will be invited to join the choirs in singing carols. At 8 p.m. Dec. 2, the university orchestra will perform music from Domenico Cimarosa and Jean Sebelius as well as Samuel Barber's working of Christian carols titled "Die Natali."

Contact: Cheryl V. Walker, or (336) 758-5237.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LOVEFEAST OPEN TO COMMUNITY — Wake Forest will hold its 40th traditional Christmas Lovefeast and Candlelight Service at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in Wait Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. The Rev. Sandra Thigpen, pastor of Saint Philips Moravian Church, will assist Wake Forest Chaplain Tim Auman in conducting the services. The Concert Choir, conducted by Brian Gorelick, director of choral ensembles, will provide choral music as well as lead the congregation in the singing of carols and the traditional Moravian song, "Morning Star." Donald Armitage, university organist, will play for the service as well as the handbell and flute choirs. The Messiah Moravian Church Band and carilloneur Matthew T. Phillips and guest carilloneurs Meredith L. Gilbert and Raymond E. Ebert, will play before and after the service. Luminaries will encircle Hearn Plaza.

Contact: Cheryl V. Walker, or (336) 758-5237.

TURKEY IMPORTANT IN N.C. LONG BEFORE FIRST THANKSGIVING — Archaeological evidence shows that the wild turkey played an important role in the economy of Native Americans in the North Carolina Piedmont long before the first Thanksgiving. Paul Thacker, assistant professor of anthropology, and Matthew Baker, a 2005 Wake Forest graduate now studying at the university's medical school, analyzed hundreds of turkey bones recovered from archeological sites along the Yadkin River dating to between AD 1000 and AD 1400. Their findings were the focus of Baker's honors thesis, "Talking Turkey: Archaeological Analysis of the Eastern Wild Turkey Remains from the Donnaha Site." The researchers can show several bone tools and photographs of the cut marks that show that the sections of the wing anchoring the primary flight feathers were removed and transported to different activity areas for various uses. According to Thacker, North Carolina Native Americans ate turkeys, but also saved the turkey wings and used specific bones and feathers to make tools such as arrows and as decoration in various clothing and costume pieces. The researchers found bone tools and beads made of turkey bone. The bones and feathers were also used to trade with other groups.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, or (336) 758-5237.

'BLACK FRIDAY' NO LONGER BIGGEST HOLIDAY SHOPPING DAY — The day after Thanksgiving or "Black Friday" may be the first day of the holiday shopping season, but it's no longer the biggest shopping day of the season, said Sheri Bridges, associate professor of marketing at Wake Forest's Calloway School of Business and Accountancy. "The new 'big day' is the Saturday before Christmas," she said. Bridges said consumers don't have to brave the crowds or be at the mall at the crack of dawn because retailers offer good deals throughout the entire holiday season. "The consumer can benefit by watching for announced sales in the newspaper, on TV or in direct mail pieces sent to 'preferred customers,'" said Bridges, an expert on consumer behavior and brand equity. She also said the popularity of gift cards helps retailers and unsure gift-givers alike. "Gift cards put money in the cash register before, sometimes long before, goods leave the store. By the time many consumers use their gift cards, the season has changed and new, full-price inventory has replaced the pre-holiday sale merchandise."

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

NEWS SERVICE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY — The News Service, along with most administrative offices on campus, will be closed Nov. 24-25. Students' Thanksgiving holiday is Nov. 23-27. Classes resume Nov. 28.