Holidays Feature Music in CRC Atrium, Santa Visit to Inn
The atrium of the Clinical Research Center commonly hosts musical performances, but never so frequently as the holidays. The period Dec. 6-19 saw six events presented in the towering space for the enjoyment of patients, staff and visitors. Giving free concerts were the NIH Chamber Singers, vocalist Aaron Reeder, the National Symphony Orchestra’s Horn Ensemble “Horns-a-Plenty,” NIH Nerds in Harmony, the Public Health Service Ensemble Chorus and the University of Maryland Jazz Quartet.
On Dec. 12, Santa paid a call on the Children’s Inn at NIH. Thirty Montgomery County Police Department motorcycle officers escorted Santa on his visit. The entourage from the North Pole appeared in photos with the children, did face-painting, created ornaments and shopped for gifts at the inn’s Gingerbread Gift Shop, which was stocked with toys and gifts provided by caring donors.
“It was fun, and the officers were so kind,” said Bella, 10, of Florida.
During the visit, most children asked Santa for toys, phones, books or cosmetics. But Cruz, 9, of California, who has a rare, genetic autoinflammatory disorder, had a more pressing wish. “I wish I didn’t have this disease,” he said.