For most of us this holiday season is a time of plenty. We have plenty of food, plenty of shopping to do, and way more concerts of wonderful music than we can possibly attend.

How to choose from the more than 100 concerts of holiday music in our area — from barbershop harmonies with the Garden Statesmen at the Cranbury Inn on Friday, November 30, to the Greater Trenton Symphony’s New Years Eve concert at Patriots Theater. From a Judeo-Spanish rock and funk concert of Chanukah music on Sunday, December 2, to the tree lighting at the Lewis School on Friday, December 7. From tap dancers at the Princeton Symphony on Saturday, December 15, to caroling at the Arts Council on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24.

Our 100-concert line-up that begins on page 29 does not even include the dance performances of “Nutcracker” (we count 10 so far), or the 62 performances of “A Christmas Carol,” or events that we don’t even know about yet.

Most, if not all, of these musical groups are nonprofit organizations, so your ticket purchase is a double blessing. When you saturate yourself with exquisite harmonies and/or tuneful camaraderie, depending on your choice, the musicians and singers use your money to stage next year’s concert.

In at least one case the benefits go two ways. Princeton Pro Musica, itself a nonprofit organization, will donate 100 percent of the ticket sales for one of its performances if the tickets are sold by Habitat for the Humanity — Trenton Area.

The concert is Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 2, at 3 p.m. at the Patriots Theater in Trenton. Frances Slade conducts the Pro Musica chorus and full orchestra. To get the double benefit, call Habitat for Humanity at 609-393-8009 or make the purchase at

For some among us, however, the holiday season is not a time of plenty. This letter from HomeFront is an appreciation of past contributions and a reminder that, in the midst of plenty, we need to provide for future needs.

To the Editor:

HomeFront Thanks

This generous community has outdone itself this year! HomeFront and the hundreds of homeless and very low income families we serve extend our warmest thanks to you all. You have allowed us to help make Thanksgiving special for over 1,500 needy families. Over 60 local businesses, 15 schools, 20 churches, and hundreds of individuals donated Thanksgiving food baskets to HomeFront. We estimate that through this community-wide effort, over 6,000 parents and children enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. And best of all, they were able to do this at home!

My staff and I are always thankful and amazed at the outpouring of generosity from our neighbors and friends. Again, on behalf of all the families we serve, thank you. We hope that everyone — especially all the people who donated their time and effort — have a wonderful and warm holiday season.

Connie Mercer

Executive Director, HomeFront

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