LeMoyne Arts is grateful to our community for its support of the 59th Holiday Show, Happy Holly Days. Over 1600 visitors came to view the Meginnis-Munroe House transformed into a mid-19th century home adorned for the season with antique furniture on loan from FSU’s School of Theater and LeMoyne members, glistening chandeliers on loan from Tallahassee Lighting & Décor, poinsettias donated by Just Fruits and Exotics and a holly swag hanging on the front door from Esposito’s Garden Center.
Returning Angel Presenting Sponsor, City of Tallahassee Utilities and Shimmering Light Sponsors, WestScott Construction and WCTV provided the support needed to close the gallery for 30 days while LeMoyne staff and volunteers worked their magic setting up the trees filled with beautiful handmade ornaments and displaying gifts and holiday decorations made by over 60 local and regional artists and crafters.
Helping to get the word out and support the receptions and special events were WCTV, Tallahassee Nurseries, Jim Gray Designs, Capitol Alliance Group, Novey + Gonzalez Family Law, BKJ Architecture and Pressure Wash North Florida. The opening reception with entertainment by Elsinore Sewing Club and Hot Tamale began the month-long series of events including Muffins & Mimosas: Ugly Sweater Edition with awards going to the “winning” sweaters and hors d’oeuvres by Chicken Salad Chick, DEEP Brewing and Uptown Cafe, Sparkes & Spirits Cocktail Party that glistened and shone with music by Rachel Hillman, signature cocktails and delicious bites by Il Lusso and Oyster Mom. Visitors of all ages enjoyed carolers, story time, live music and a performance by Young Actors Theater as well as face painting and crafts on Festival Family Fun Day bringing holiday merriment for the whole family. Due to inclement weather, the Multicultural Holiday Celebration was canceled, but programming staff is working to bring the Temple Israel Choir, Ayoka Afrikan Troupe and Ramira Joi and Edith Allen Corbett in for enriching multicultural experiences in 2023.
Each year the LeMoyne Holiday Show not only provides loads of holiday fun and shopping opportunities, but it also supports artists’ careers and our local economy. This year, through support of visitors and community LeMoyne paid $33,000 in commissions to participating artists and crafters and earned $30,000 through events, sponsorships, donations, and new memberships to support LeMoyne’s ongoing programming. Ninety eight percent of money spent on LeMoyne’s Holiday Show stays in our community. LeMoyne thanks all our sponsors and visitors for helping us continue to create community through art.