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Holidays: Penn-Style
November 24, 2009, Volume 56, No. 13
Gifts of Involvement

An array appropriate for ardent aficionados and advocates of anthropology/archaeology, art, arboreta, and academe. . . .

cufflinks-palestra. . . Keepsakes: Own a piece of The Palestra! Business Services and Penn Athletics have joined together to produce several finely crafted products made from the original surrounding boards of The Palestra. The items include hardwood inset cufflinks (left), photo frames, pens and a traditional bottle opener with netting from the basketball hoops. Products include a certificate of authenticity along with a brief history of The Palestra. Shown above are University of Pennsylvania sterling silver cufflinks with hardwood inset crafted from the wooden floor of The Palestra. Visit www.upenn.edu/palestrawoodcraft!

Penn Presents

. . . Stage Spectacular: Penn Presents will stage numerous shows including classical, gospel and jazz music; ballet and modern dance; and world discovery performances now through May. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with a unique gift for friends and family. Annenberg Center gift Certificates are available in any amount, and are redeemable for all Annenberg Center performances. Donations are welcome to help the Annenberg Center maintain its programming. Subscribers benefit from discounts, priority seating and more. For information: (215) 898-3900 or www.pennpresents.org.



. . . Sweet Sounds: WXPN 88.5 FM, Penn’s member-supported radio station offers several membership choices for those who enjoy discovering emerging artists and re-discovering some old favorites. Benefits include ticket discounts, first notice of Free at Noon concerts and a behind the scenes look at what is going on at XPN. Gift certificates are also available.  More membership options and benefits can be found at www.xpn.org.


worldcafeWorld Cafe Live provides a year-round musical venue of live performances as well as a restaurant serving  lunch and dinner. Gift certificates are available for purchase. For information see www.worldcafelive.com.

Kelly Writers House. . . Literary Lovers:  Friends of the Kelly Writers House help sustain seminars, readings and webcasts. Friends will be acknowledged in the Writers House  Annual, which is available on their website and in print. Membership levels: $40, $100, $250, $500, William Carlos Williams Circle: $1,000, and Emily Dickinson Circle: $2,500 or more. Information: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/support.

Library Friends can be a part of the continual replenishment of the Library resources, supporting collection development and growth for scholars of today and tomorrow. A $1,000 gift in support of the Penn Library annual fund entitles you to membership in Penn’s Red and Blue Society. $2,500+ gifts entitle you to membership in the Benjamin Franklin Society. For information see www.library.upenn.edu/portal/opportunities/friend.html.

. . . What a Wonderful World:Membership at International House Philadelphia supports programming that promotes cross-cultural awarenessand diversity. Membership benefits include reduced prices or free admission for select events and invitations to members-only events. Memberships: Student $35, Internationalist $50, Adventurer $100, Individual ($175/household), Globetrotter $250 ($400), Attache $500 ($750), Emissary $1,000, Diplomat $2,500, Consul $5,000, Ambassador $10,000, Global Leader $25,000. Information: www.ihousephilly.org/membership-donors.htm.

Pennsylvania Museum

. . . Marvelous Museum:Those who  treasure the past will be delighted with a full year’s membership to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Members enjoy free admission, discounts at the Museum Shops, invitations to openings and other members-only events, and a subscription to the members-only newsletter. Members are kept up-to-date on the latest discoveries from the Museum’s worldwide fieldwork and research. In addition, members can receive discounts on select Penn Presents performances at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Memberships: Student $40, 2 Students $55, Associate $50, Individual $55, Dual $65, Household $80, Sustaining $150, Patron $250, Fellow $500, and Loren Eiseley Society $1,500+. Information: (215) 898-5093 or www.penn.museum/become-a-member.html.

. . . Alluring Art: Members of the Institute of Contemporary Art receive free admission to selected events, invitations to free members-only exhibition walkthroughs with artists and curators, pre-invite announcement cards for all exhibitions, access to ICA’s library, discounts on selected Penn Presents performing arts programs and special discounts at area restaurants and businesses. Join now at the Family level and receive free admission to 200 participating museums. Memberships: Individual $40; Family $100; Contributor $250; Participant $500; Benefactor $1,000; Director’s Circle $2,500, with additional membership bonuses for each. Information: (215) 898-7108 or www.ICAphila.org/support.

Arthur Ross Gallery offers those who contribute $50 or more invitations to preview opening receptions and special events, and the schedule of upcoming exhibitions, in addition to free admission to exhibitions, lectures and programs. Young Friends/Students membership is $25. Receive the same benefits as other donors, along with a free poster. For more information call (215) 898-3617 or visit www.upenn.edu/ARG/.

Morris Arboretum. . . Botanical Beauty: Members of the Morris Arboretum, Pennsylvania’s official arboretum, receive free admission, 10% discount in the gift shop, 20% discount on educational classes and excursions, the quarterly newsletter, plant sale benefits, Morris Arboretum automobile decal, admission privileges to over 200 gardens and arboreta through the American Horticulture Society, discounts for local garden centers and invitations to events and lectures. Membership levels:  Far-Away Friends $40, Individual $55, Dual $65, Family $75, Beech $95, Chestnut $150, Holly $250, Oak $500, Laurel $1,000 and Katsura $2,500. The membership form is online at www.morrisarboretum.org. For your favorite gardener, the Arboretum Gift Shop has a full line of garden-inspired home items, toys and the latest horticulture publications for the professional and amateur. Call the Morris Arboretum gift shop: (215) 247-5777 x136.

. . . Delectable Delights: All You Can Eat Lunch Voucher for purchase, $11.25. Valid in any Bon Appétit at Penn Dining residential dining café.  

Faculty Club

A gift of a University Club at Penn membership is something unique and useful, continuing to give all year.  Privileges include complimentary morning refreshments, special event dinners, 10% discounts at Penne Restaurant and Wine Bar and the University Living Room at the Inn at Penn, and access to 100+ Faculty Clubs in the United States and around the world.  A gift certificate for special mid-year membership is only $30 for all membership categories. Also available are gift certificates for the Harrison Room buffet lunch, only $10.90 each.  Information: (215) 898-4618 or e-mail universityclub@pobox.upenn.edu.


Ice Rink

 . . . Feeling Fit: The Class of 1923 Arena offers a discount book of 10 admission passes to any public skating session for $45 with a PennCard or $55 for the public. Why not stuff a stocking with skating lessons? Five weeks of group lessons, beginning the week of January 10, are available for ages 6 through adult in a variety of skill levels. The deadline for registering for lessons is one week before the first session. Cost: $115, $10 discount for registering and paying two weeks in advance. Information: (215) 898-1923 or www.business-services.upenn.edu/icerink/.

Levy Tennis Pavilion memberships are $15 students and spouses; $40 faculty, staff and spouses; $60 alumni; $75 public; $40 senior citizens; $6 guest fee; valid through September 2010. Information: (215) 898-4741.

The Department of Recreation offers gift certificates for massage therapy and the juice bar, Energy Zone. Information: (215) 898-6100 or visit www.upenn.edu/recreation.

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