DEC. 23 – Edmonton Sun – WHAT AN ENDING

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John Cameron looked up from his piano keyboard at 3:23 p.m. Sunday and gently pushed the boom microphone away from him.

He then walked off the Jubilee Auditorium stage to great applause with his head slightly down, and didn’t make eye contact with anyone.

Cameron walk passed stage manager Dustin Robinson, backstage and down a staircase.

Clearly, he wanted to be alone. To reflect. To take every ounce in. To individually feel gratitude. And then to pull his emotions together before resurfacing for one more wave at the crowd, one more bow, and a farewell final wave.

Because the end of an entertainment era hit its final destination.

After five decades the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree was unplugged. Its 50th anniversary — this year — seemed the perfect time to end this festive production: a 2 1/2 hour production with more than 300 performers who play music, sing, dance and makes the audience feel a strong gust of the Christmas spirit.

And what a poignant performance for Sunday’s matinee

John Cameron looked up from his piano keyboard at 3:23 p.m. Sunday and gently pushed the boom microphone away from him.

He then walked off the Jubilee Auditorium stage to great applause with his head slightly down, and didn’t make eye contact with anyone.

Cameron walk passed stage manager Dustin Robinson, backstage and down a staircase.

Clearly, he wanted to be alone. To reflect. To take every ounce in. To individually feel gratitude. And then to pull his emotions together before resurfacing for one more wave at the crowd, one more bow, and a farewell final wave.

Because the end of an entertainment era hit its final destination.

After five decades the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree was unplugged. Its 50th anniversary — this year — seemed the perfect time to end this festive production: a 2 1/2 hour production with more than 300 performers who play music, sing, dance and makes the audience feel a strong gust of the Christmas spirit.

And what a poignant performance for Sunday’s matinee

John Cameron looked up from his piano keyboard at 3:23 p.m. Sunday and gently pushed the boom microphone away from him.

He then walked off the Jubilee Auditorium stage to great applause with his head slightly down, and didn’t make eye contact with anyone.

Cameron walk passed stage manager Dustin Robinson, backstage and down a staircase.

Clearly, he wanted to be alone. To reflect. To take every ounce in. To individually feel gratitude. And then to pull his emotions together before resurfacing for one more wave at the crowd, one more bow, and a farewell final wave.

Because the end of an entertainment era hit its final destination.

After five decades the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree was unplugged. Its 50th anniversary — this year — seemed the perfect time to end this festive production: a 2 1/2 hour production with more than 300 performers who play music, sing, dance and makes the audience feel a strong gust of the Christmas spirit.

And what a poignant performance for Sunday’s matinee

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GRANNIE LOWE. AND, CHRISTMAS.

KEVIN LOWE, MRS. LOWE AND Sarah McLachlan

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It’s the time of year when we personalize Christmas with our favourite dish at dinner, a special time of opening a gift from a specific family member, that long-standing board game wrapped in friendly competition — and that family patriot who reminds us of the season’s true meaning.

Traditions gently fade away over generations. Yet, we are blessed to have family members who unselfishly ensure they do not disappear.

Christmas unfolds Wednesday in its majestical glory and everyone of us will thoughtfully pause and remember those we love who are no longer with us. Or, are they?

Moreover, we all know people who so richly personify Christmas, even on one of the hottest days of a Canadian summer … perhaps, say, sitting in their favourite deck chair overlooking the pristine waters of a lake.

Jessie Lowe was such a person in my roster of friends.

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