Many of you in Bluffton remember the Sikora family. Papa Sikora, "Z," is a well-known artist and taught at Savannah College of Art and Design. Z was also famous as the Easter bunny for several years. Mama Marjie is a charming person who spent lots of time helping at her children's schools.
After living in Bluffton for many years, the family decided to move back to Northern climes, where they are from. The entire family is very involved in the arts in one form or another
Nick Sikora is the eldest child and lives in Michigan. He teaches at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and is a bartender at night. He is so much like his father in all of the pictures I have seen.
Kate Sikora is now a second-year graduate student in vocal performance at the University of Missouri Kansas City, studying for her Master's of Music degree. Most recently, Kate performed in several operas in UMKC's Cendrillion. Kate is a soprano and has sung throughout the U.S. and Europe.
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Recently, she debuted in the title role in a 3-D virtual animated opera. Kate also was the first to record and perform the role of Una Trance in Jerome Kern's "The Girl From Utah" in more than 80 years.
This December, Kate is scheduled to travel to Japan to perform. Her goal is to bring the magical experience of an American Christmas to an audience of a completely different culture. She will perform Debussy's "Noel des enfants" to mark the 100th anniversary of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, celebrated in World War I. She has an absolutely beautiful voice, and it will be a wonderful treat for all.
You can help Kate get there by going to www.gofundme.com/getkatieliztojapan and donating. If she gets there and realizes her dream, she has promised me a concert here in Bluffton. I am looking forward to her performance, maybe on the corner of Lawrence and Calhoun streets right in the heart of our little town. Go Kate!
On Dec. 5, there will be a Christmas tree lighting at the town hall and the announcing of the grand marshal of the Christmas parade. Shops around town will participate in "Light Up the Night" from 3 to 8 p.m.
Join all of Bluffton at the famous Bluffton Christmas parade at 10 a.m. Dec. 6. Old Town is the place to be. The parade starts an hour earlier than it used to, so don't forget.
Old Town Bluffton -- nothing could be finer and more festive than that.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.