Sunday, December 13, 2020
5:30 PM at the RFA Lakeside Theater
6:00 PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd
COVID UPDATE: The Walk will occur on this date but with a changed format.
Although this is the 40th Year of the Walk To Bethlehem, a big celebration will have to wait until next year. Here are our plans to have a COVID-SAFE Walk To Bethlehem:
For 40 years, the Rangeley Friends of the Arts have been sponsoring the annual “Walk to Bethlehem” celebration, this year to be held on Sunday, December 13. This unique event, which recreates Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, complete with community members costumed as nativity figures, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the RFA Lakeside Theater with the reading of Caesar Augustus’ decree that all people must return to the city of their birth.
Walkers/Carolers will be asked to wait in their vehicles until the Walk begins. Participants will all wear masks and walk with their pod, maintaining social distance from others. Pageant participants and Carolers/Walkers will walk through the streets of Rangeley, singing and stopping at the Catholic Church and the Baptist Church to ask if there is “any room at the Inn?” We will also stop at the Giving Tree, and the Walk ends at the Episcopal Church. Instead of printed Carol Books, click HERE for a link to the words to the carols. Participants can print it out in advance or use their phone/device during the walk.
When we arrive at the Church of the Good Shepherd, everyone will remain outside. The Costumed Nativity participants will arrange themselves around the creche in front of the church building and the Christmas Story will be read outside. The event will conclude with Victor Borko playing “Silent Night” on the guitar, and those comfortable singing may do so. Another way to enjoy this annual event is to park near the church and watch and listen from the safety of their vehicles.
In the past, the “Walk” has looked more like this: (and it will again…) When the Walk-ers reach the Church of the Good Shepherd, they will join others in anticipation of the evening’s program: a traditional family oriented Christmas presentation of carols, classical music, dance and drama. The program begins at approximately 6:00 pm.
Performers traditionally include the Rangeley Ringers, students of the Lakeside Dance Academy, the Rangeley Regional School Chorus, the Rangeley Community Chorus as well as solo singers and other performers. The finale, a traditional nativity pageant, features many local young people and community members in full costumes. At the conclusion of the event, everyone is invited to share in the holiday spirit and enjoy delicious home-made goodies at the beautiful Holiday Reception, which is held downstairs in the Undercroft.