Holiday Happenings at Penn
November 20, 2012,
Volume 59, No. 13
Party Like It’s 126.96.36.199.0 This Holiday Season at the
Penn Museum Gift Shops: Annual Holiday Sale December 5-9
In the Museum Shop, a close-up of End of the World merchandise.
Unique for December 2012, the Museum Shop at the Penn Museum features a collection of gift items that play off the supposed Maya prediction for the end of the world, using the theme “I’m Going to Party Like It’s 188.8.131.52.0!” The slogan corresponds to the current exhibition MAYA 2012: Lords of Time. The number 184.108.40.206.0 is the Maya date of a supposedly world-transforming apocalypse, corresponding to December 23, 2012.
The “Party Like It’s 220.127.116.11.0” collection is just one of hundreds of unique gifts from around the modern and ancient worlds available at the Museum Shop. The Pyramid Shop for children boasts a wide range of fun and educational toys, games, stuffed animals and books.
Shoppers can save at the Annual Holiday Sale from Wednesday, December 5 through Sunday, December 9. Both the Museum Shop and the Pyramid Shop will offer all shoppers 10% off all purchases; 15% for Penn, University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania staff and students (with PennCard or employee ID); and 20% for Penn Museum members (with membership card).
The “Party Like It’s 18.104.22.168.0” gift collection includes t-shirts at $19.99, coffee mugs at $9.99, pint glasses at $9.99 and shot glasses at $6.99.
Visitors coming exclusively to the shops may come in for free. For more information, call (215) 898-4040. A selection of items are available at the Museum Shops’ website, www.penn.museum/museum-shops.html
Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway
Free with regular Morris Arboretum admission.
The Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway display returns November 23 and is open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with extended hours to 5 p.m., December 15-31 (closed December 24 & 25). The display includes a quarter mile of track featuring model trains, all set in the Winter Garden of the Morris Arboretum. The buildings are decorated for the holidays with twinkling lights.
The Grand Opening Celebration will be held Saturday, November 24, 1-3 p.m. and will include the sounds of carolers. Kids and adults will also have the opportunity to make an ornament or decoration from natural materials to take home.
The Penn Glee Club will treat visitors to holiday themed and seasonal songs in the Winter Garden on Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m.
A Holiday Hat Parade will kick off the two week-extended hours visitation on December 15 at 4 p.m. Come in a festive hat and parade down to the Holiday Garden Railway from the Widener Visitor’s Center.
Morris Arboretum Holiday Classes
Keepsake Ornaments for the Holidays—Saturday, December 1. Make holiday ornaments from clay and personalize them; 10:30 a.m.-noon; $40, $35/members.
Holiday Wreath—Tuesday, December 4. Create a wreath from fresh evergreen boughs; Section A: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Section B: 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $58, $48/members.
Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights—Thursday, December 13. Design your own tree from long lasting greens, and choose your colors for bows and glass balls with fresh flowers; Section A: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Section B: 6-8:30 p.m.; $60, $50/members.
Ice Rink: Toys for Tots Holiday Skate
The Penn Ice Rink will host a Toys for Tots Holiday Skate at the Class of 1923 Arena on Saturday, December 15 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. Bring a “Toys for Tots” donation and receive a 50% discount on the price of admission.
University Club’s Holiday Reception
Shop at the Penn Bookstore and dine at the University Club on December 13 and 14, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. No reservations needed; seating is first-come, first-served. The dining room is open to members and non-members with a PennCard.
Winter Beer Festival at World Cafe Live
Winter Beer Festival—Thursday, December 27. Sample the offerings of over 30 American craft breweries; 5-9 p.m.; $40 (ages 21+).
Holiday Book Sale
The Walnut Street West Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will hold a book sale on Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The proceeds will go toward after school programs for youth and the purchase of new books.
Computer Connection Holiday Sale
The Penn Computer Connection’s annual Holiday Wishbook is now available, featuring gift ideas for all ages. Enjoy special offers and savings on a variety of technology products. On December 13 and 14, in conjunction with the Penn Bookstore’s Salebration Days, stop by the Computer Connection for raffle prizes, refreshments and giveaways. To download a copy of the 2012 Holiday Wishbook, visit www.upenn.edu/computerstore
Penn Bookstore’s Salebration
Take advantage of the Penn Bookstore’s Salebration on Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14. Save 20% on storewide gift items including Penn branded merchandise, books, games and other items. The new Penn photo essay book, People, Places, Passions, Pursuits: A Penn Portrait makes a great gift for your favorite Quakers. Holiday festivities include a free professional photo taken in a winter scene setting (one per individual or group) from 2 to 5 p.m. both days and free hot chocolate and cookies served from 4 to 6 p.m. each day.
Holiday Craft Fair
Go West! Holiday Craft Fest—Saturday, December 15. Work from local artists and crafters in a holiday setting; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; The Rotunda.
17th Annual Peace Around the World
Celebrate the holiday season at this family-oriented afternoon on Sunday, December 2, 1-4 p.m. at the Penn Museum. Visitors will receive a “Passport to Cultures” with an itinerary to visit galleries where International Classroom speakers share holiday traditions of their home countries through music, stories, arts, crafts, games and more. Free with Museum admission or PennCard.
CA Christmas Party
The Christian Association’s annual Christmas Party will take place on Friday, December 7, 5-7 p.m., at the CA House, 118 S. 37th St. followed by caroling on campus.
International House Holiday Party
On Friday, December 14 at 6 p.m., celebrate holidays from around the world with our IHP friends, including residents, members, and guests, singing and sharing the joy of the season. The holiday gathering will culminate with the traditional lighting of the holiday tree, holiday treats, drinks and seasonal music; $10, $8/IHP members, free/IHP residents.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Enjoy the Winter Solstice Celebration, an end of Mayan calendar jam, with the Indigenous People’s Heritage Society on Friday, December 21, at noon in The Rotunda. The event includes Aboriginal drumming and dancing, storytelling, mini-documentaries and food; $5-$20 donation suggested.
Annenberg Center Holiday Performances
Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time is Here—Saturday, December 1. Jazz renditions of holiday favorites; 8 p.m.; $20-$70.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo—December 13-15. Gender-bending dance troupe is a glitzy alternative to other holiday dance shows; various times listed online; $20-$65.
Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas—Sunday, December 16. Now celebrating its 27th anniversary, the group puts its signature mark on classic Christmas carols; 7 p.m.; $20-$55.
World Cafe Live Holiday Performances
Doors open an hour before show begins. Tickets: www.worldcafelive.com
El Vez: Mex-mas—Tuesday, December 4. The Chicano experience presented and told through Elvis songs; 8 p.m.; $20-$28/door; $17-$25/advance.
2nd Annual York Street Hustle Holiday Spectacular—Friday, December 7. Philadelphia-based 60s soul ensemble; 9 p.m.; $10/advance only.
Raul Malo Acoustic Holiday Show—Tuesday, December 11. Country, blues, jazz and vintage rock and roll; 8 p.m.; $35/door, $32/advance.
5th Annual Highkixmas Musical Extravaganza—Wednesday, December 19. West Philadelphia’s own HighKick will perform its musical, “High on Christmas 3: A Kixmas Carol,” a tale full of comedy, Christmas miracles and timeless rock and roll; 8 p.m.; $15.
Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams—Sunday, December 30. Folk, rock and country New Year’s Eve extravaganza; 7:30 p.m.; $25/door, $22/advance.
New Year’s Eve with Philly Bloco—Monday, December 31. Philly Bloco’s 20+ members bring their mash-up of samba, funk and reggae for a New Year’s Eve dance party; 10:30 p.m.; $30 (ages 21+).