MARIA STEIN — The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics will kick off a speaker series with “Christmas in July” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the church, 2291 St. Johns Road, Maria Stein.
Tickets are $30 at the door or online at www.mariasteinshrine.org. Attendees are encouraged to wear ugly Christmas sweaters or other holiday attire. The event will include a meal by Bella’s Italian Grille.
The series will continue with Bill Krauss on Aug. 11 with an exploration of “International Catholic Celebrations”, Matthew Hess on September 8 with an engaging history of “Legendary Relics” and Dr. Allen Bernard on October 13 with a historical presentation on the “Lost Treasures of Granville & Marion Townships.”
Attendees can save $20 by purchasing all four dates in advance.
“Christmas in July”
Tim and Katheleen Nealeigh, who generously donate their time to the Shrine throughout the year, will present “St. Nick isn’t just for Kids” a fun, adult take on the beloved Saint.
Katheleen will play the part of K.D. Snitt, an investigative journalist who grills St. Nicholas, played by Tim. Set in present-day Turkey, K.D. will uncover what is really behind the kindly, loving façade of this grandfatherly figure of the past and does he really intend to replace the ever-popular Santa Claus of world-wide fame and adulation?
Tim has actively played the role of St. Nicholas at the Shrine for many years during the holidays. The event, held every December, has become a popular tradition for many area families.