Live Nativity a long-standing local tradition
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Salem - posted Fri., Dec. 27, 2013
“I started this for my grandchildren, and the oldest is at the keyboard,” said Judy Gadbois, introducing the 2013 Maegog Farms carol sing and live Nativity on Dec. 22. The adult grandson to whom she referred, along with other members of the Gadbois family, have been involved with the event for many years. The year 2013 marks the 24th year for the event.
“This is our gift to share,” said Gadbois. “Stu and I and the family are all doing well.” In fact, the evening would conclude with Gadbois and her husband, Stu, joining grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family members for a final song. Gadbois invited the crowd to return next year, “When we will have another new great-grandchild,” she said. “Our prayer is that the evening will be a Christmas blessing for all.”
Hosted in a barn festooned with small white lights, the evening featured the Nativity scene, complete with a live infant and a pen full of goats, as well as a program of Christmas songs and scripture readings. The barn was fragrant with the hay bales that served as audience benches. From time to time, the bleat of a goat would sound above the voices of singers.
In one corner, there were refreshments, including cupcakes designed to serve as birthday cakes for Jesus. In another corner was a large, live Christmas tree decorated with more white lights. The barn, large and airy, was nearly packed with spectators.
“Quite a turnout for word of mouth,” noted Gadbois. Referring to the over-60-degree weather outside, Gadbois recalled previous events where the cold caused participants to shiver. “Aren’t you glad I turned up the heat this year?” she quipped.