Tickets are now available for annual Feast of Joy Christmas dinner set for Monday, Dec. 3, at First Baptist Church in Elizabethton. This program is a fundraising event for The Shepherd’s Inn Emergency Shelter, the community’s only Safe House and Emergency Shelter and program for victims of domestic violence and women and their children who are temporarily homeless.
The evening will begin in the church parlor with the serving of hors d’oeuvres. Local restaurants provide a variety of specialties in support of the shelter. The butler will announce a bountiful dinner prepared by Executive Chef Eric Hoglund, past president of the Mountain Empire Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. David Arney, keyboardist, will perform during the meal and Carter County 4-H students will serve the meal for the evening’s yuletide event.
“When we started the Feast of Joy 13 years ago, we called on the assistance of Ms. Camille Jesse and the Carter County 4-H students,” said Paul Gabinet, executive director for the Shepherd’s Inn. “They are a principal reason for the success of the Feast of Joy. The guests always comment about these students and professional manner they display during the evening’s festivities.”
The evening’s program will highlight locally acclaimed members of Science Hill High School’s choral department. This year’s program will showcase the Chamber Choir, who will perform a variety of up-beat yuletide selections. The Chamber Choir is under the direction of June Oaks.
The annual event is organized by the board members of The Shepherd’s Inn and is coordinated by Gabinet.
“This program has become a part of our community’s Christmas tradition and promises to be an evening of great food, fun, and inspiration,” Gabinet said. “All for the cause of supporting the work to assist those in our community who are temporarily homeless and the women and children who are victims of domestic violence.”
Tickets for reserved seating are available and can be purchased at $20 each by calling Sue Sowards at 543-5334 or 542-0180. Tickets are limited.