By Ken Trainor
If you're looking for ways to spark your seasonal fervor, this is the weekend. On Friday, Dec. 6, take your pick. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is performing Christmas concert at Dominican University's Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. The 28th Annual Holiday Bazaar benefits the Animal Care League, 6930 W. Roosevelt Road, 3-9 p.m. (and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday). And the Concordia University Community Concert Band strikes up at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Our Lord on the Concordia University campus (see story in LifeLines, page 29).
On Saturday at 10 a.m., Community Bank of Oak Park-River Forest continues its tradition of showing a holiday classic film at the Lake Theatre. This year they're featuring A Christmas Carol, starring Alastair Sim, the quintessential Scrooge. After the film, you can stay in Downtown Oak Park for Winterfest, featuring a cookie walk at no less than 50 participating shops and restaurants, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. That's a lot of cookies. And in the evening, head over to Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., for Festival Theatre's annual Midwinter's Tales, benefiting the theater company that brings you outdoor Shakespeare in Austin Gardens each summer. Prevail (formerly Walk-In Ministry) also benefits. 7 p.m.
And on Sunday, another longtime Christmas tradition will be resurrected when the MacDowell/First United Methodist Church Annual Sing-Along Messiah begins at 3:30 p.m. The church is located at 324 N. Oak Park Ave. A professional orchestra and soloists will perform along with all the dedicated amateurs who show up. Librettos provided or bring your own — on tablet or phone. A brief gathering after the performance will be held in the church hall.
Lots to do. Enjoy the season.