‘The Wonderous Gift‘ draws hundreds


By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@aimmediamidwest.com



Mary and Joseph, played by Brooke Galloway and Jonathan Jones, hold newborn baby Jesus on Sunday at Dickson Street Park in the third production of “The Wondrous Gift.”


Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

This young actor playing baby Jesus may have had the best seat in the house on a cold evening.


Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Akira Dockery, 11, of Wakeman, leads a rendition of “Happy Birthday, Jesus.”


Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Firefighter Dusty Reynolds, mayor Hans Schneider, and fire chief Mike Wetherbee portray the three wise men.


Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

An angel tells those wishing to find the newborn Jesus to follow the star in the east.


Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Martha, Brysen, and Jacoby Shreves get ready for showtime with Jonathan Schramm, Jonathan Jones, Brooke Galloway, and animal friends Skeeter, Niky, and Flash.


Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Choir members provide musical accompaniment.


Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

A children’s choir performs “Happy Birthday, Jesus.”


Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Roughly 500 people came out to watch the production.


Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

They traveled from Nazareth to Judea and then to Bethlehem seeking room at an inn.

Mary and Joseph ended their journey Sunday in Wellington, leading a donkey through town. Together, they found a manger on Dickson Street.

Roughly 500 people flocked to see “The Wondrous Gift,” a live production of the Nativity scene, now in its third year.

Jonathan Jones and Brooke Galloway portrayed Joseph and Mary.

Before arriving at the park, they were told there were “no rooms available” at Farm & Home Hardware — a stop that generated a lot of turned heads.

“They see donkeys and animals walking around and it really gets a reaction,” said Jones. “We all enjoy it, though, and the message behind it is what’s most important.”

It was Jones’ third straight year in the production and his second as Joseph.

Galloway said her mother, a member of the Penfield Community Church choir, approached her about taking part for the first time and portraying Mary. “It’s exciting to be a part of something big like this and the turnout has been really good,” she said.

The program’s creation was spearheaded by Darlene Neptune upon moving to Wellington in 2014. After attendance pushed Howk Memorial Park to its limits last year, a request to the village to move to Dickson Street was quickly approved, she said.

While living in Naples, Fla., Neptune was a gospel singer, wrote plays for local churches, and helped produce similar Nativity programs.

She said a decision was made not to associate “The Wondrous Gift” with any one village church or organization in order to reach more people.

“I went to a church in Florida with 10,000 people, so when we put on a production it was huge,” Neptune said. “When I left, we were in our 35th year. When we first started doing this here, we thought it’d be fantastic if 100 or 200 people showed up in a town this size. By the time we were done, there were 150 people working on the project and over 500 showed up to watch that first year.”

Room was plentiful at Dickson Street Park. Village workers installed an electrical hookup in the hours leading up to showtime, providing a warm glow of lights and clear sound for a choral rendition of “Happy Birthday, Jesus.”

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

Mary and Joseph, played by Brooke Galloway and Jonathan Jones, hold newborn baby Jesus on Sunday at Dickson Street Park in the third production of “The Wondrous Gift.”
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2768.jpgMary and Joseph, played by Brooke Galloway and Jonathan Jones, hold newborn baby Jesus on Sunday at Dickson Street Park in the third production of “The Wondrous Gift.”

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

This young actor playing baby Jesus may have had the best seat in the house on a cold evening.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2776.jpgThis young actor playing baby Jesus may have had the best seat in the house on a cold evening.

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Akira Dockery, 11, of Wakeman, leads a rendition of “Happy Birthday, Jesus.”
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2754.jpgAkira Dockery, 11, of Wakeman, leads a rendition of “Happy Birthday, Jesus.”

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Firefighter Dusty Reynolds, mayor Hans Schneider, and fire chief Mike Wetherbee portray the three wise men.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2766.jpgFirefighter Dusty Reynolds, mayor Hans Schneider, and fire chief Mike Wetherbee portray the three wise men.

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

An angel tells those wishing to find the newborn Jesus to follow the star in the east.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2729.jpgAn angel tells those wishing to find the newborn Jesus to follow the star in the east.

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Martha, Brysen, and Jacoby Shreves get ready for showtime with Jonathan Schramm, Jonathan Jones, Brooke Galloway, and animal friends Skeeter, Niky, and Flash.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2708.jpgMartha, Brysen, and Jacoby Shreves get ready for showtime with Jonathan Schramm, Jonathan Jones, Brooke Galloway, and animal friends Skeeter, Niky, and Flash.

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Choir members provide musical accompaniment.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2725.jpgChoir members provide musical accompaniment.

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

A children’s choir performs “Happy Birthday, Jesus.”
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2748.jpgA children’s choir performs “Happy Birthday, Jesus.”

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

Roughly 500 people came out to watch the production.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/11/web1_IMG_2715.jpgRoughly 500 people came out to watch the production.

Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

By Jonathan Delozier

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