2nd annual Cornish Christmas pageant set for Nov. 21 at Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

2nd annual Cornish Christmas pageant set for Nov. 21 at Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley

Pictured are some of the court members receiving their recognition of appreciation for completing their service goals for the quarter. Photo was taken at Salvation Army of Grass Valley during the Cornish Christmas Pageant Orientation.
Submitted by Brianna McKinley |

The Second Annual Cornish Christmas Pageant has been set for Nov. 21 in downtown Grass Valley at the Holbrooke Hotel, 212 W. Main St.

All are invited to attend.

Event tickets are on sale through Nov. 14 for $10 and include a light lunch with three options: regular, vegan and gluten free.

Members of the pageant’s Spring Court, which was chosen March 28, have completed 300 community service appearances in Nevada County between April 1 and Aug. 31 of this year, said Northern California Pageant Director Melisa Mistler-Yates.

“This pageant system is different than the reality TV shows and truly brings out the positive opportunities for all ages,” Mistler-Yates said. “The pageant is for guys and gals ages 3 to 103. Currently our youngest is 3 and our oldest is only 87.

“We would love to get more of the community involved,” Mistler-Yates added. “Each contestant is awarded a crown and sash for their division and required to volunteer for the community and the nonprofits.”

She said, for example, that professional coach and pageant trainer Sheryl Capser volunteers four weeks of training that is included in the contestants’ $25 application fee.

The trainings include walking on stage, public speaking, setting goals and improving interview skills.

“The pageant emphasizes community service, modesty and morals,” Mistler-Yates said. “Because we are so different, we really want the entire community to come see what we are about, then if they need volunteers for any of their events — they know this is the team to do it!”

The inaugural Cornish Christmas Pageant in 2014 had 20 contestants. In the first three weeks of December 2014, this court provided 83 community service appearances for The Grass Valley Downtown Association.

The pageant is sponsored by M3 Mall.

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