Holiday Happenings at Penn
November 26, 2013, Volume 60, No. 15
Department of Making + Doing Events
The Department of Making + Doing is a space shared by four organizations: NextFab, Breadboard, Public Workshop and The Hacktory Events at the University City Science Center.
Laser-Engraved Cutting Board Workshop—December 3-4, 6:30-9 p.m. Looking for a holiday gift idea? Use lasers and learn woodworking with your own hardwood cuttingboard that you can custom engrave with a design of your own or a personalized message. Only all natural wood finishes will be used to ensure a hypoallergenic, food-safe surface. Purchase tickets at http://dmdphilly.ticketleap.com/laser-engraved-cutting-board-workshop/
Make Your Own Philly Holidays—Saturday, December 7, 1-4 p.m. A winter craft series where you can design, create, customize, decorate and eat some festive holiday gifts and crafts. All ages are welcome. Snacks, mulled cider and free parking all afternoon. All fees and material costs are included in the price of the ticket: $5 for individuals, $10 per family. Purchase tickets at http://dmdphilly.ticketleap.com/make-your-holidays-part-ii/
Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway
The Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway display 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. Free with regular Morris Arboretum admission.
During the Friday Night Lights events December 13, 20 & 27, 4-7:30 p.m., enjoy the Holiday Garden Railway all lit up. Kids, for more fun, bring your flashlight and help lead the way through the garden as night falls. Complete the evening with a variety of winter warmers from the Compton Cafe. A selection of hot drinks (cider, homemade cocoa, coffee and tea), snacks, apple fritters, hot dogs and soup of the evening. Cost: members $9 (adult), $3 (child); non-members $16 (adult), $7 (child). Tickets: www.morrisarboretum.org
Morris Arboretum Holiday Classes
Holiday Wreath—Create a wreath from fresh, loose boughs of greens; Section A: December 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Section B: December 2, 10 a.m.-noon; $55, $45/members.
Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights—Thursday, December 12. Design your own tree from long-lasting greens, and choose your colors for bows and glass balls with fresh flowers; 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; $60, $50/members.
Gift-Making Workshop—December 14 & 15. Students (ages 6-12) will paint, print and create sculptures and toys; 1-2:45 p.m.; $60, $50/members.
Toys for Tots Holiday Skate
The Penn Ice Rink will host a Toys for Tots Holiday Skate at the Class of 1923 Arena on Sunday, December 15 and December 22, 1:30-3 p.m. Half-price admission to anyone with a Toys for Tots donation. Skates are available for rent.
Winter Beer Festival at World Cafe Live
Winter Beer Festival—Friday, December 27. Sample the offerings of over 30 American craft breweries; 6-10 p.m.; $40 (ages 21+).
Penn Glee Club Holiday Concert
A winter tradition, the Penn Glee Club will return to Morris Arboretum on Saturday, December 7, 2-3 p.m. for their 4th Annual Holiday Concert. Also enjoy hot cocoa and cookies in the garden. Free with Morris Arborteum admission.
Annenberg Center Holiday Performances
Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays—Saturday, December 7. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, this internationally renowned a cappella ensemble will present seasonal concert that celebrates music from many faiths around the globe.
World Cafe Live Holiday Performances
Chanukah with Soulfarm—Tuesday, December 3. Founded in Israel by Grammy Award-winner lead guitarist C Lanzbom and guitarist and lead singer Noah Solomon Chase; 8 p.m.; $16-$18.
Solas: Celtic Christmas—Saturday, December 7. Irish-American band will perform contemporary and age-old tunes; 8 p.m.; $30-$35.
Judith Owen & Harry Shearer’s Holiday Sing-Along—Sunday, December 8. Traditional and non-traditional holiday music; 8 p.m.; $30.
NYE Party with Dukes of Destiny—Tuesday, December 31. Philadelphia blues band; 10 p.m.; $30.
New Year’s Eve with Philly Bloco—Tuesday, December 31. 20+ member band will perform samba, funk and reggae; 10:30 p.m.; $35.
Shopping at Penn Museum Gift Shops
(above) Available in the Museum Shop are these Sofala bangle bracelets from South Africa. Inspired by the 16th-century trade prowess of the Mutapa Kingdoms of modern-day Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the bracelets’ symbols and patterns celebrate the ancient tradition of adornment and a rich culture of craftsmanship. They are fair trade items which support women’s employment ($12.99 each or three for $30).
Shoppers can save at the Annual Holiday Sale from Wednesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 8. Both the Museum Shop and the Pyramid Shop offer 15% off all purchases for Penn, University of Pennsylvania Health System and Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania staff and students (with PennCard or employee ID); and 20% for Museum members.
Visitors going exclusively to the shops can enter for free. The Museum Shop is open during regular Museum hours. For more information, call (215) 898-4040. A selection of items are available at the Museum’s website, www.penn.museum/museum-shops.html Click on “START SHOPPING”. See Shop Around the World this Holiday Season
at the Penn Museum Gift Shops for more details.
Holiday Book Sale
The Walnut Street West Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will hold a book sale on Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-5 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 12 and 13, in conjunction with the Penn Bookstore’s Sale-a-bration days stop by the Computer Connection for raffle prizes, refreshments and giveaways. To download a copy of the 2013 Holiday Wishbook, visit www.upenn.edu/computerstore
Penn Bookstore Sale-a-bration
Take advantage of the Penn Bookstore’s Annual Winter Sale-a-bration Thursday, December 12 and Friday, December 13. 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 on your list. Holiday festivities include a free professional photo taken in a winter scene setting (one per individual or group) from 2 to 6 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—Sunday, December 15. Work from local artists and crafters in a holiday setting; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; The Rotunda. For vendor list and glimpse of what will be for sale, see http://gowestcraftfest.blogspot.com
Peace Around the World Celebration
Celebrate the holiday season at this family-oriented afternoon on Sunday, December 1, 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. The afternoon also features storytelling, a calming yoga session, henna hand art, balloon art, face painting and international family crafts. Free with Museum admission or PennCard.
The Makuu Black Cultural Center is hosting a Kwanzaa Celebration Dinner, Wednesday, December 4, 6 p.m. in Hall of Flags, Houston Hall.
CA Christmas Party
The Christian Association’s annual Christmas Party will take place on Friday, December 15, 5:30 p.m., at the CA House, followed by caroling on campus.
International House Holiday Party & Matinee
On Friday, December 13 at 6 p.m., celebrate holidays from around the world with IHP friends, including residents, members and guests, 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.
On Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m., the International House will hold a family screening of the Halloween-Christmas hybrid The Nightmare Before Christmas; $5/adults and children (over age 2), free/IHP members.