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Columbian sign lights up at outdoor caroling event

It was a warm 62-degrees on the Public Square in Columbia Friday, December 3, 2021 and a crowd was gathering to hear the Adair County High School Ladies Ensemble sing carols of the season under the Columbian Theater sign on the North Walk off the Square.

This was the inaugural event related to the renovation of the historic Columbian Theater beginning in 2022.



The Adair County School District and owner Dr. Ben Arnold signed a three-year lease-ownership agreement for $1 and the schools will begin raising grant monies and preparing the building for events such as this in the New Year.

The classic "Columbian" sign was turned on to cheers after a countdown by the crowd led by Superintendent Pam Stephens.

If you missed the singers tonight, their Winter Concert is scheduled at the Columbia United Methodist Church, Friday evening, December 10, 2021 at 6:30pmCT.


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Music by Ladies Ensemble draws family and fans to the Public Square



2021-12-03 - downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
It was a balmy 62-degrees on the Public Square in Columbia and a crowd gathered to hear the Adair County High School Ladies Ensemble sing carols of the season under the Columbian Theater sign on the North Walk off the Square.

This was the inaugural event related to the renovation of the historic Columbian Theater scheduled for 2022.

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Classic Columbian Theater sign lights up



2021-12-03 - downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
After a dramatic countdown the classic Columbian Theater sign was lighted up in the night sky for the first time in years. It kicked off the first of what the Adair County School District hopes will be many concerts by students in the future.

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Friends of music and theater



2021-12-05 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Friends and neighbors Helen Sparks, Paula Miller and Dick Fitzpatrick were on the Square Friday evening to support the voices of the ACHS Ladies Ensemble and to watch the lights go on at the historic Columbian Theater.

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At the Friday evening event



2021-12-05 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Doug Beard had reason to smile at the music event Friday evening on the Square - he will be the leader of activity development going forward as the historic Columbian Theater is reopened by the Adair County Public Schools.

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ACHS Ladies Ensemble will perform Friday, December 10



2021-12-07 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Mrs. Ginna Franklin directed her music students in their Christmas performance on the Public Square to highlight the first step in the new lease by the School District to reopen the historic Columbian Theater. Superintendent Pam Stephens said this group is the first one she thought of when selecting the one to perform as the Columbian Theater sign was brought back to life.

If you missed hearing the Adair County High School Ladies Ensemble singing on the Public Square, their Winter Concert is scheduled at the Columbia United Methodist Church, Friday evening, December 10, 2021 at 6:30pmCT. The group has been chosen by Disney World to perform in Florida in two weeks.

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At the concert on the Square



2021-12-07 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Twins Ellie and Emma Willis, 4, were among the young and old enjoying the music event on the Square last Friday featuring the ACHS Ladies Ensemble.

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Columbian sign brings smiles to all ages



2021-12-08 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
"Look! Look! Red, yellow, green, blue!" That was the chant from young Harbor and Pax Fowler as they gazed up and pointed at the classic "Columbian" sign on the theater by the fountain on the Public Square. They were with family from Campbellsville at the musical event kicking off the lease purchase agreement between the Adair County school system and owner Dr. Ben Arnold for restoration and reopening of the theater.

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A new beginning for the historic Columbian



2021-12-08 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
When the classic Columbian Theater sign came back to life last Friday, owner Dr. Ben Arnold became the recipient of dozens of hugs from the crowd and many messages of gratitude. So many people share a love for the place and are deeply moved by his decision to work with the public schools to give it a new and meaningful future.

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Accompanying the ACHS Ladies Ensemble



2021-12-11 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Dwayne Martin, retired director of music in the Adair County public schools, played for the ACHS Ladies Ensemble in the inaugural event related to the renovation of the historic Columbian Theater scheduled for 2022. The Adair County School District has signed a three-year lease-ownership agreement and will begin raising grant monies, preparing the building for events in the New Year.

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