Editor’s Mailbag

Alice Lind Play Reading Society

NEW ULM — The Alice Lind Play Reading Society will read “The Crucible” at its next meeting, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Lind House.

In 1692, in Salem Massachusetts several young girls fell ill, victims of self-imposed hallucinations and seizures. In extremely religious New England, such occurrences were often attributed to the devil or his cohorts, and it was not long before the girls, and then many other residents of Salem began accusing other villagers of consorting with devils and casting spells. By the time the fever had run its course, 19 people and two dogs were convicted of witchcraft and hanged.

Arthur Miller wrote “The Crucible,” depicting this shameful era of United States history. It was performed during the 50s in a not-so-subtle reference to McCarthyism which was sweeping the nation.

The reading is free and open to the public.

German carols at Cathedral on Christmas

NEW ULM — German Christmas carols will be sung at the New Ulm Cathedral from 7:30 to 8 a.m. on Christmas morning, Dec. 25. Song sheets in German and English will be in the pews. The congregation is urged to sing along with popular old carols such as Stille Nacht – Heilege Nacht (Silent Night – Holy Night).

The choir for this event is sponsored by the New Ulm Deutscher SprachKlub (German Speaking Club). Singers who wish to join this special event choir are invited to the pre-performance practice at 7 a.m. Christmas morning in the choir room in the basement of the Cathedral.

The normal Christmas Day Mass will follow the carols at 8 a.m. For more information call Roy Joel at (773) 791-9594 or George Glotzbach at (507) 354-2097.

Family Film Night at Library

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Public Library will show a holiday family film on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. This film is rated PG and runs 97 minutes. Popcorn will be served at this free event, which is sponsored by the Optimist Club of New Ulm. For more information, call the library at 507-359-8331.