This weekend brings us one week remaining prior to the Christmas Holiday weekend with the 25th falling on a Monday this year. There are excellent annual events taking place this week coming, some of them at the same venue in Portland and if you think about the statement of “there is something for everybody” then let’s first discuss the events scheduled for the Merrill Auditorium coming right up. On Tuesday the 19th is the annual Christmas with Cornils. Ray Cornish has been the municipal organist for the City of Portland for the past 28 years, with this being the final annual Kotzschmar Christmas show. This will be Mr. Ray Cornils final performance. This year’s program will feature a number of organ arrangements from playful to powerful favorite Christmas carols, per the website. The Kortzschmar Festival Brass comprised of many members of the Portland Symphony Orchestra will be there, along with several special guests. From everyone here in the great Maine Lakes Region, we thank Mr. Cornils for his almost 30 years of musical service and tenure here in Portland, taking care of one of the finest municipal instruments – the Kortzschmar organ – anywhere in the world. On Saturday next weekend, December 23rd, there are two performances by the Portland Ballet of the Victorian Nutcracker. Two performances this weekend, taking place on the 16th and 17th at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, are followed by next Saturday at 7:30pm and then Sunday at 2:00pm at the Merrill Auditorium. And to round out the “something for everyone” category with a smile and more, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening New Year’s Eve, the annual end-of-the-year performances of local favorite comedian Bob Marley will take place when Bob takes the stage at the Merrill for the last 3 nights of the year. Bob Marley’s topical and regional perspectives and insights, bring many smiles and laughs thanks to Bob’s unique delivery and demeanor. And for something a different, you can take the family to any of a number of shows next week at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland as Disney On Ice – FROZEN takes to the ice locally, with the company adding another show to the schedule due to popular demand. You can check the Civic Center website for updated details on the several performances of this year’s Ice Show. Whatever your plans may be this week: Make it a safe Holiday week!