This holiday season creates unique challenges for the performing arts, due to the ongoing public health emergency. In response, the Norris Cultural Arts Center brings the holidays home to you with a unique 13-day, online holiday festival, presented free as our holiday gift to the community.
It’s called “Norris Presents A Baker’s Dozen Holiday Festival,” not only because we recorded the performances at the historic Baker Community Center, but because a “baker’s dozen” traditionally has meant 13 of anything – something extra beyond a simple dozen.
Starting December 12 and daily through December 23, we will premiere new, brief videos on our website and on YouTube, featuring holiday-themed performances by local performers or ensembles. On Christmas Eve, December 24, the festival will culminate in a combined reprise of all 12 episodes in a special, multi-genre holiday program.
Each new daily episode of the festival will be available for viewing on The Norris website starting at 12:00 noon, and will remain available through the end of the Christmas season.
Sherri Duskey Rinker
New York Times best-selling picture book author Sherri Duskey Rinker joins the Baker’s Dozen Holiday Festival with a dramatic reading of her book, The 12 Sleighs of Christmas. Her five best-selling children’s books include the #1 best-selling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Series. She also authored Steam Train, Dream Train and the nonfiction picture book biography Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton. Some of her other titles include Tiny and the Big Dig and Celebrate You! Her newly published first middle grade novel, Revver The Speedway Squirrel will be followed by a sequel in 2021. Sherri lives in St. Charles with her husband, two sons and one fluffy dog. Inspired by her childhood love of books, her sons, and her 25-year career as a graphic designer, Sherri writes in hopes of making the world a little more fun and encouraging early readers, one book at a time. In addition to writing, Sherri loves to read, collect antique oil paintings, cook, garden and travel. Visit Sherri’s website for more information.
We thank our sponsors and donors for supporting this special project, including Mike Corbett Edward Jones as our main festival sponsor, our media partners at the Kane County Chronicle and Daily Herald, and generous donors Bob and Pat Van Dusen, along with our board and staff and so many others who have shared their time, talent and financial support in this and other Norris events and programs. We also thank the St. Charles Park District for its cooperation in facilitating our use of the Baker Community Center.
Mike Corbett Edward Jones, 202 East Main Street, St. Charles