BEEBE — Arkansas State University-Beebe invites the public to the annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2 in the Grove behind State Hall on the Beebe campus. This year will feature a FREE concert from Jubilation Jazz as part of the 2021-2022 Lecture-Concert Series.

Jubilation Jazz will present a multitude of Christmas favorites, along with special guest performers at the event. The 20-plus member group is noted for their ‘big band’ orchestra sound. The band was formed in 1997 by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and performs in churches, prisons, local festivals, as well as overseas to the countries of Jordan, Brazil, Trinidad, St. Kitts and Mexico.

In addition to the free concert, other highlights of the Community Tree Lighting event will include Holiday Greetings from ASU-Beebe Chancellor, Dr. Jennifer Methvin, crafts, storytelling, hayrides and visiting with Santa Claus. Also, handcrafted dishes and pottery will be available for purchase with funds going directly to the Student Emergency Hope Fund.

“Community involvement is important to us, and I know no better way to kick off the holidays than to light this beautiful tree,” said Dr. Methvin.

This is the sixth year for the ASU-Beebe Community Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Leyland Cypress tree has an estimated height of 25 feet and is decorated each year with thousands of blue and white lights.

For more information about ASU-Beebe and its programs, call (501) 882-3600, or visit the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.

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