“Jingle on the Green” is State Fair Community College’s annual gift to the communities the college serves.
The free holiday celebration, set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday across SFCC’s Sedalia campus, will feature 1,000 luminarias, music, dancers and holiday-themed stations with decorated trees. Refreshments also will be available.
Jackie Almquist, executive director of the SFCC Foundation, said the event, now in its fifth year, “came out of the 40th anniversary steering committee” which was looking for a way “to thank the community for its generosity in building a strong student center and a quality educational institution.”
Almquist credited SFCC President Marsha Drennon with having the vision to create the original event and the drive to keep it going each year. Planning for the event begins at the end of August.
“It takes volunteers from across the campus and the community to make it happen,” Almquist said.
Longtime college benefactor Sue Heckart received a Blue Ribbon Vision certificate at the first “Jingle on the Green,” and has attended the event every year.
“I’ve seen it grow and become more of a community-wide participation,” Heckart said, “I think it is a nice way for the college to reach out to the community during the holiday season.”
This year’s performers will include the Wesley United Methodist Church bell ringers; Center Stage Dance Academy; the California, Mo., sixth-grade choir; and other community groups, along with SFCC singers.
“We want to showcase area talent and engage our community in campus life,” Almquist said. “(We) invite them to tour the campus and enjoy the goodies available in each building. We want them to embrace the merriment of the season.”
The SFCC Foundation sponsors the event, but it gets volunteer help from Sedalia RSVP as well as the SFCC Spirit Squad, Nursing Club, Ag Club and Employee Events Committee. Fischer’s Concrete Service and County Distributing Company also are supporters.
Almquist enjoys the whole event, but the luminarias are her favorite.
“If you stand in the quad and look at the thousands of luminarias lining the sidewalk, it’s just such a peaceful moment,” she said. “You see the college’s beautiful buildings — 90 percent of them built with the generosity of community donors. With the sidewalks all lighted, it’s an incredible experience.”
Heckart likes that activities take place in different buildings all across the campus “so the general public gets to see areas they might not normally see. ... I think the college is one of the greatest assets of Sedalia.”
And while holiday-themed merriment is the focus of the evening, Almquist sees “Jingle on the Green” as a way to share information about SFCC, as well.
“We get to answer questions about what the college offers in the way of services and programming,” she said. “We take the ‘community’ in our name seriously.”
'JINGLE ON THE GREEN' THURSDAY SCHEDULE
Parkhurst Student Commons
“Home for the Holidays”
• 6 p.m.: SFCC President Marsha Drennon will give a brief holiday welcome, and there will be a Blue Ribbon Vision certificate presentation.
• 6:30 p.m.: SFCC Jazz Runners
• 7 p.m.: Sacred Heart Band
Hopkins Student Center lobby
• 6 to 8 p.m.: Refreshments
Yeater Learning Center lobby
• 6:30 p.m.: Wesley United Methodist Church Bell Ringers
• 7 p.m.: SFCC Chamber Choir
• 7:30 p.m.: SFCC Jazz Singers
Thompson O’Sullivan Studio Theatre, Yeater Building
• 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Center Stage Dance Academy will present ongoing performances
Sylvia L. Thompson Atrium
Heckart Science and Allied Health Center
• 6:30 p.m.: Boonville High School Chamber Choir
• 7 p.m.: Marshall High School Choraliers
• 7:30 p.m.: California Sixth Grade Choir
Gerken Solarium, Heckart Center
• 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Sweet Adelines quartet
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art foyer
6 to 8 p.m.: free art-making for children
For more information, visit sfccmo.edu/thearts.