Leave Atherton tonight, head north on Middlefield Rd., and in just a couple of miles you’re likely to encounter Roman Centurions on horseback. It’s part of Bethlehem A.D., a reenactment of the town at the time of Jesus’s birth.
A production of Tapestry Church with the help of community volunteers, Bethlehem A.D. features about 200 performers. You walk through the town, watching villagers cooking over fires, making pottery, buying and selling goods in the market place. You’ll even get counted by the census taker. There are live animals as well – camels, sheep, horses, bulls, chickens, and goats. The Nativity scene culminates a visitor’s journey.
This is the 17th edition of Bethlehem A.D., the last was two years ago. It debuts tonight (12/21) from 6:00 to 9:30 pm and runs 12/22 and 12/23 as well – rain or shine. The address is 1305 Middlefield Rd. Prepare to park a few blocks away and stand in line, although with the Roman soldiers marching around there’s always something to see.