Ormond Amphitheatre event includes live nativity

Published 8:20 pm Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Ormond Amphitheatre will present “Back to Bethlehem” tonight and Saturday.
“Back to Bethlehem” is a live nativity with five stations that tell the story of the birth of Jesus.
“We will have the shepherds, innkeeper, wise men, manger and then scenes of the savior indoors,” said Judy Downey, owner of Ormond Amphitheatre and producer of the nativity scene.
Before seeing the nativity, guests will be treated to a 10-minute presentation.
“At 6, we’ll have a short presentation then a live walkthrough. At 7, it starts all over again,” Downey said.
Between the 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. presentations, local choirs and a dance group will perform.
The event also includes a station where children will be able to make holiday crafts.
There will be an opportunity for folks to dress up and have photos of them taken. Costumes and a booth are available for children.
The event includes a petting zoo with donkeys, sheep and goats.
Free admission to “Back to Bethlehem” was made possible by donations from Wal-Mart, local churches and individuals, Downey said. She asked that people bring canned goods to donate to area food banks.
She enlisted the help of more than 50 volunteers. She said it was an interfaith effort.
“No matter what your religion is, Christians of all different faiths come together to bring this to the public,” Downey said. “We may believe different things, but all of us believe in Jesus Christ.”
Ormond Amphitheatre is located at the intersection of N.C. Highway 92 and Delia Wallace Road near Bath.