The General Meeting of the Smithville Community Historical Society will be held on Monday, December 2, at 7 P.M. at the Historic Church of God  which will come alive with sounds of Christmas.  When Jerry Payn and a quartet (or more) present their rendition of a Tuba Christmas.  Tubas and Baritones, known also as Euphoniums or miniature tubas will be playing popular Christmas songs in four part harmony, a beautiful sound in bass cleft. The first Tuba Christmas was presented 46 years ago in 1974 in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink with over 300 instrumentalist whom played in the first concert.  The concert, conceived by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas day in 1902.  William J. Bell reflects on our heritage and honor of all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards.  This first concert was conducted by Paul Lavalle and was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980.  Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium (baritones). If for some reason our date does not work for you to attend, the 22nd Tuba Christmas – Wooster, will be held at the Wooster High School Auditorium on Saturday, December 14 at 12:00, Noon and is free to the public.  It will be Directed by Doug Bennett, band director in the Wooster City Schools and coordinated by Steve Thornton.  1998 was the first year in Wooster, 100's of Tuba Christmases are held in almost every state! Anyone who has heard a TUBA CHRISTMAS concert will never forget the experience! We will hold a brief business meeting to wrap up the year 2019 and prepare for 2020, which will be the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Smithville Community Historical Society. Please bring cookies to share, beverages will be provided by the Board of Officers. The public is welcome, come and enjoy the wonderful music of Christmas.