A cavalcade of community members will present “The Wondrous Gift,” a dramatic re-enactment of the birth of Jesus, starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Actors portraying Mary and Joseph will wind their way through downtown Wellington mounted on a donkey, seeking shelter at various “inns” including Fort’s Tavern, Dimitri’s Place, Pizza House, East of Chicago Pizza, Happy Valley, and Farm & Home Hardware.
As the refugees wind their way toward Willard Memorial Square, they will find shelter in a makeshift stable near the gazebo, complete with live animals.
Ballerina angel Linda Adolphi, wife of United Methodist Pastor Paul Wilson, will summon shepherds to the scene. Wilson himself will be a member of the choir of angels.
Former Wellington police chief Morris Furcron will be adorned as one of the royal magi, along with the Rev. James Reymann of St. Patrick Catholic church and the Rev Jim Ellis of Brighton and Rochester United Methodist churches. They are expected to arrive on Belgian horses. Wellington New Life Assembly of God pastor, Mark Sowersby will portray a shepherd.
Finally, the family with baby in a manger will be visited by the magi, shepherds, and townspeople of Bethlehem, and serenaded by a choir of local singing angels directed by Becky Burkhardt, choir director at St. Patrick. The event culminates with an elaborate presentation of the gifts of the magi.
The event is organized by author, speaker, and singer Darlene Neptune of Wellington, who with her late husband, Dennis, traveled the world in Christian outreach ministry from 1986 until 2007.
She has hosted her own television program, appeared on numerous television specials, Gaither videos, radio interviews, Billy Graham’s “Decision Today,” Southwestern, Southeastern, as well as many other seminaries and Christian colleges.
Neptune said she has produced the Christmas drama in Florida and Tennessee as well as other areas around the country, “and each time it is uplifting and unique. The best thing about it is the community participation. It really transforms a place into something wonderful.”
Courtesy photo Expect to see wise men, shepherds, and a choir of angels when “The Wondrous Gift” comes to Wellington.