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December in Philadelphia: University City Events and Center City Attractions

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Image courtesy of Longwood Gardens

The month of December is a time to celebrate and gather. There are a wide variety of seasonal events and attractions around the University of Pennsylvania campus and within the greater Philadelphia area. Below you will find a guide to some of these happenings throughout the City of Brotherly Love to celebrate the holiday season.

Events in University City

PENN MUSEUM:

Second Saturday: Winter Solstice

Saturday, December 9th – 11:00am – 4:00pm

Celebrate the holidays with a scavenger hunt, winter-themed crafts and exploration of the galleries.

This event is free with museum admission!

 

MORRIS ARBORETUM:

Friday Night Lights, Garden Railway

Fridays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 4:30pm – 7:30pm

See the Garden Railway decorated in recognition of the holiday season!

Click here to be linked to the events site of Morris Arboretum for tickets.

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Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

ANNENBERG CENTER:

Irish Christmas in American, Zellerbach Theater

Saturday, December 9th – 8:00pm

Get into the Christmas spirit with Irish and Scottish holiday ballads and Irish dancing.

Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here, Zellerbach Theater

Sunday, December 10th – 2:00pm.

Enjoy a mix of holiday standards and upbeat festive tunes.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Zellerbach Theater

Monday, December 18th, and Tuesday, December 19th – 7:00pm

Experience this traveling classic in your city featuring an extravagant set.

 

Click here to purchase tickets for any of these shows and more at the Annenberg Center.

 

Center City Attractions

Wintergarden, Dilworth Park and City Hall

December brings holiday festivities to Dilworth Park and the Courtyard of City Hall. One of many attractions is seeing the historic building illuminated with holiday lights during the Deck the Hall Light Show. The Rothman Institute is sponsoring an ice rink and indoor cabin space where food and drink are available for purchase. Ice skates are available to rent for $10 and admission to the rink is set at $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under.

On the Albert M. Greenfield lawn, visitors will find America’s Garden Capital Maze which features topiaries and greenery from more than 30 public gardens in the Philadelphia area. Enter the Courtyard to find a holiday-themed carousel and the Philadelphia holiday tree at the north end of City Hall. Along with these many attractions, Dilworth Park is home to the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market featuring crafts, art, and gifts from local vendors.

 

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Penn’s Landing

Penn’s Landing celebrates winter with an Olympic sized ice skating rink, fire pits, and more! Work up an appetite skating and dine at the ski chalet-style Lodge Restaurant and Bar. The space also features a children’s lodge with arcade games and other activities. General admission is free; admission to the ice rink is $3 and skates are available to rent for $10.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest at Penn’s Landing

 

LOVE Park

The LOVE sculpture itself is currently still under renovation but the park has been transformed into Christmas Village for the holiday season. The location is inspired by and modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets found in Germany and features 80 wooden booths of both local and international vendors. Visitors are enticed by smells of traditional European cuisine including waffles, bratwurst, and mulled wine while searching for the perfect holiday gift.

The LOVE sculpture is set to return in February of 2018.

 

Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, Franklin Square

Franklin Square is home this holiday season to an elaborate display of lights and decor. The light show begins every 30 minutes beginning at 4:00pm every day. The attraction is completely free and open to the public!

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Holiday Lights at Franklin Square

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens makes their ornate transformation once again this year. This French-inspired holiday display features fountain shows, dining in the gardens, carolers in costume, and more than 50 trimmed trees throughout the space. Admission tickets are required and prices are as follows: $23 for adults, $20 for seniors, $20 for students, $12 for children.

Click here to purchase tickets for Longwood Gardens.

 

For more events and attractions in Philadelphia, visit http://www.visitphilly.com

 

 

Images courtesy of http://www.visitphilly.com
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One Penn Sculpture, Revisited

By Nicole C. Maloy, W’95

On a recent day trip with friends to visit a few art museums in Washington, D.C., I saw a familiar sight. This sculpture, on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is the roughly two-foot-tall “King Solomon” by Alexander Archipenko. I noticed it and stopped. “I’ve seen this before,” I said. “But bigger. Way bigger. I think it’s somewhere on the Penn campus.”

But where? I could not remember, so I snapped this photo for reference and made a mental note to keep my eyes open for it.

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“I shall call him ‘Mini-Me.'”

Solomon-DClabel Back at Penn the following week, I was on my way to a meeting when I saw it. Eureka! There it was on 36th Street between Locust Walk and Walnut Street, and I was right. It is way, way bigger.

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Ta-dah!

For more on the King Solomon sculpture in particular, check out this Frankly Penn blog post by Bart Miltenberger. But do yourself a favor and take a moment to learn about some of Philadelphia’s other outdoor sculptures – where they are, what they represent, and who brought them from concept to reality – from the Clothespin to the China Gate, from various memorials and tributes to our own beloved “Covenant” in Superblock, known more commonly among students and alumni by (ahem) a slightly different name. Enjoy.

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Spring Break in Philadelphia!!

 

This will be my first time in my whole academic career that I’ve never gone home for Spring Break. I’m used to running away from the cold to sunny Las Vegas’s upper 60 degree. This year, I will be staying put. I’ve survived some crazy snow storms and my master’s comprehensive exam these past few weeks. Now, I’m crossing my fingers it doesn’t snow while I’m on spring break. Although it’s only a week, it feels like I have an enormous amount of time on my hands! What should I do to fill in that time? Sleep in? Order out? Watch Netflix non-stop? Ah, that’s what the weekends are for!

I’m debating where to go and what to check out in the city.  I’ve recently received 2 free tickets to the Barnes Museum which I plan on exploring. I also have a curiosity to check out the Philadelphia Flower Show currently going on. Here’s a list of possible places I might go to:

Reading Terminal – what treasures does it hold?

The Penn Museum– it’s free for Penn students!

The Edgar Allan Poe House – I hear admission is free

The Liberty Bell Center – I figure this should be on my to do list

Love Park– It’s iconic. It’s as must.

The Philadelphia Zoo– taking a break from school work and watching animals be animals sound appealing

King of Prussia Mall– because a girl’s got to do some window shopping on a graduate school budget

Attend a Pacer’s game – because I can’t live in Philly without actually experiencing a sporting event

I’m also searching for the best cheesesteak hoagie in town. This might take some in depth research. Any suggestions would be great!

If anyone is attending NASPA’s  (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Annual Conference in Baltimore on March 17-19th please let me know. I would love to connect with Penn Alumni.

Count Down to Graduation:  71 Days!!!

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ARTiculture: Philadelphia Flower Show 2014

by Nicole C. Maloy, W’95

My interest in art has been rather well documented. So, though flowers may be pleasant enough on their own, the Philadelphia Flower Show became doubly appealing thanks to its 2014 theme: “ARTiculture: where art meets horticulture.” What does this mean? It goes a little something like this:

For fans of Piet Mondrian.

And this:

Inspired by Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny.

And that is just a taste. Beyond the fabulous, large displays, which I expected, I encountered something entirely new to me. Did you know that pressed flower art is a thing? I did not, but it turns out there are societies and guilds devoted to it. And I don’t mean pressing a flower and framing it. I mean taking pressed flowers and turning them into something else. A new creation. A work of art. For example:

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I truly thought this was a painting at first. Surprise! It’s pressed flowers! If only Soylent Green had been pressed flowers.

I had never seen anything quite like this. Scroll down to see more, and enjoy! For an even better view of these, and all of the fascinating plant life that you would expect from the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society (including herbs, hairy cacti, and yes, FLOWERS EVERYWHERE), get thee to the Philadelphia Convention Center by this Sunday, March 9 and celebrate one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful traditions.

P.S. I bought a bonsai tree at the show! It lives in my office at Penn now, so I have named it BENsai. 🙂

And now for more stunning pressed flower art:

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Penn colleague, alumni volunteer and ARTIST . . .

Author: Kristina Clark

Nicole Maloy, W’95, is one of my colleagues in Alumni Relations. She is the Director of the Multicultural Outreach program. I thought I’d share a post about her simply because she is interesting!

Nicole not only works in Alumni Relations, she is a very active volunteer on Penn’s Association of Alumnae Board, members with whom I work closely. This post is not about Nicole’s role as an employee or as an alumna however, this is about Nicole’s personal creativity. For example and most recently, Nicole taught a few of her Alumni Relations colleagues how to knit. She is a patient teacher (for which we are most grateful) and now my ten-year old daughter wears a beautiful purple knit hat that I finished last month. Nicole has many talents — she’s a dancer, a singer, an athlete, and most certainly an artist, as confirmed by being chosen last week to exhibit her portrait drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This honor is what I wanted to share with you.

Here’s the story . . . Nicole once wrote a Penn Alumni Blog post about exploring art resources in Philadelphia (includes a photo of her at age 17 with several jean jackets that she painted for her high school classmates in the late ’80s and early ’90s). One resource that she had not yet taken advantage of is the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), the first school of fine arts in the United States. Its origin dates from 1791, when Penn was still located at 4th & Arch Streets.

In fall 2013, Nicole took a weekly evening class called “Intermediate Portrait Drawing” through PAFA’s Continuing Education program. Students who had been enrolled in CE classes or workshops from spring 2013 through spring 2014 were invited to submit artwork for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Continuing Education Programs Annual Juried Student Exhibition.

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PAFA received nearly 180 submissions, and 80 were accepted. Among them is Nicole’s piece, a portrait in charcoal entitled “Waiting,” which was drawn from a live model in class. If you would like to see it, along with the other 79 drawings, paintings, and sculptures, the exhibition runs from February 28 – April 6 in Gallery 128, Hamilton Building, 128 North Broad Street, at PAFA.

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Congratulations, Nicole!

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A Palestra Proposal

Author: Stephanie Yee, C’08

The Penn Band always knows how to keep things interesting at The Palestra. On Saturday, Penn Men’s Basketball fans witnessed a Penn Band marriage proposal during a media timeout. Hurrah for Penn love, and congratulations to the newly engaged couple!

A Penn Band proposal at The Palestra on Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Penn Band proposal at The Palestra on Saturday, March 1, 2014

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The Fine ’09 Gets Creative for Their 5th Reunion

Author: Nicole Svonavec GEd ‘09

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This May, members of the Class of 2009 will reunite to celebrate their 5th Reunion.  They’ve chosen the theme BYO9 in honor of the Philly BYO restaurant culture.   The planning committee is encouraging fellow 09ers to BYO (bring your own) memories, stories, and updates, but of course, we’ll already have the wine.  Check out their awesome to-do list below to see how they’re gearing up to return to campus and P-A-R-T-Y!

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