Laura Kiehner of Media and Bob Hall of Newtown Square are among the elves working in Swarthmore Presbyterian Church’s Alternative Christmas Shop, opening this Sunday.
SPC Opens Alternative Christmas Shop
on Sundays in Advent
On Sunday, November 27, Swarthmore Presbyterian Church begins its second decade of a holiday shopping tradition that lets givers choose gifts that make the world a little better.
In the Alternative Christmas Shop, shoppers can choose among 23 gifts, priced from $5 to $30, which provide donations to nonprofit organizations whose missions help people in need, worldwide and locally. Givers support these groups in the name of friends and family members, who receive cards sharing information on the donation.
SPC’s Alternative Christmas Shop committee has chosen nonprofits in varied locations from Darby, Pa., to Tanzania to Syria, where even small donations can bring big results. Medical care and meals; school supplies and summer camps; social justice and protection for threatened species; a variety of programs and services appeal to all interests.
ACS is open to members of the community and the congregation following morning worship each Sunday until Christmas from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Holiday music, cookies and coffee create a festive atmosphere for shopping and celebration in the church’s Fellowship Hall.
Swarthmore Presbyterian Church is located at 727 Harvard Avenue. Information on ACS and the church is at swarthmorepres.org and (610) 543-4712.
Treasures abound at this year’s Handcrafted Holiday Sale at the Community Arts Center.
December Opens with Potters Guild
Holiday Preview Party at CAC
The Potters Guild invites Christmas revelers and first-night shoppers to the opening of its annual Handcrafted Holiday Sale on Thursday evening, December 1, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Duke Gallery of the Community Arts Center.
This unique preview party rings in the holiday season with good cheer, light refreshments, wine, and music from Joe Holt and the Media Chamber Chorale. During the evening, guests will be browsing and buying fine pottery and crafts from more than 60 local artisans, including 30 members of the Potters Guild. The proceeds from the sale go to support local artists and CAC’s onsite and outreach programming. Admission to the preview party is $5.
The Potter’s Guild sale continues at CAC through December 10, and is open each weekday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Friday, December 9, CAC will present a Holiday Jazz Concert with the Cartoon Christmas Trio, featuring the Charlie Brown Christmas music of Vince Guaraldi and holiday cartoon classics. Tickets are $10 for the concert, which runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
More information is at cacholidaysale.org. CAC is at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.
Swarthmore College Chorus and Garnet Singers
The Swarthmore College Garnet Singers will perform a set entitled “Birdsongs” that includes music by Arcadelt, Lasso, Gibbons, Schubert, The Beatles and others.
Following them will be the Swarthmore College Chorus with music on the theme of peace, from South Africa and Georgia, as well as works by Guerrero, Bach, Mendelssohn, and Persichetti.
The event will take place on Sunday, December 4, starting at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Concerts At Lang Next Weekend
Two distinctly different orchestras invite you to performances next weekend at Lang Concert Hall.
The Swarthmore College Orchestra, whose 60-plus members include members of the community and students at the college, performs on Friday, December 2, at 8 p.m. Their program, conducted by Andrew Hauze, includes the Act I Finale of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Dvorak’s “New World” symphony.
Gamelan Semara Santi, a classical percussion orchestra of Balinese origin, comprises talented amateur musicians including Swarthmore College undergraduates and members of the community. The orchestra performs classical and modern compositions from Bali during its concert from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The concerts are free and open to all.
Undergraduates Take the Stage
Student companies from Swarthmore College will show the fruits of their performing arts education in two showcases next weekend, both of which are free and open to the public.
The college’s department of Music and Dance presents its fall 2016 dance concert on Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, at Pearson Hall of Lang Performing Arts Center. Members of the Swarthmore faculty join student dancers in a joyous celebration of ballet, taiko, modern, tap, and other dance traditions. Friday’s performance is at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday’s is at 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, at LPAC’s Frear Ensemble Theatre, Senior Company 2017 interprets The Totalitarians by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb in performances at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 2, and Saturday December 3. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Totalitarians is a dark comedy on the state of relationships, political discourse and truth in the modern day. Presented by the Swarthmore College Department of Theater, they play is directed by college senior Cooper Harrington-Fei.
The Gathering Place Welcomes Mimi Haggerty
The Gathering Place welcomes Mimi Haggerty, Art Goes to School (AGTS) chapter leader for Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, on Wednesday, November 30, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
AGTS of the Delaware Valley is a nonprofit that brings art appreciation classes to elementary and middle school students. Students are encouraged to “look, listen, and feel” art.
Bring a bag lunch to eat at noon; dessert and beverages are provided. SUMC is at 129 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. For questions, call (610) 952-0649.
TRINITY CHURCH SWARTHMORE TO PRESENT BACH CANTATA. The Choir of Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore will sing its traditional service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, December 11, at 5 p.m. This beautiful service of prayers, readings and music is sung in celebration of the season of Advent. This year’s service will include a performance of J.S. Bach’s famous Cantata 140, “Wachet auf!” (Sleepers, wake!) featuring soloists Tracy Sturgis (soprano) and Matthew Maisano (baritone) and accompanied by chamber orchestra. The cantata, based on the parable of the wise and foolish virgins and texts from the Song of Songs, contains some of Bach’s most beloved and famous music. The choir will also sing works of Palestrina and Lassus. Trinity Church, located at the corner of Chester Road and College Avenue in Swarthmore, welcomes the entire community to join them that evening. Free child care will be provided and a reception will follow the service. For more information, call the parish office at (610) 544-2297.
Festival of Lights at Rose Tree Park
Delaware County’s 40th annual Festival of the Lights opens with a special celebration on Friday, December 2, at 7 p.m. and runs each evening through January 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Delaware County Parks and Recreation staff decorate more than 75 of the park’s trees and set up colorful displays including a gingerbread house, Santa’s sleigh, and Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. Admission is free.
For more information, call (610) 891-4455 or visit co.delaware.pa.us.
‘Peace and Love and Hope Abide’ in Song
Media Chamber Chorale is perfecting its program for two concerts celebrating the holiday season. Directed by John Stroud, the gifted ensemble of 50 local choristers will sing on Friday, December 16, 7:30 p.m. at Wallingford Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Brookhaven Road.
They will sing the next day at 3 p.m. at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue. Refreshments will follow each performance.
Tickets ($13-$18) and information are available at mediachamberchorale.org.
Nature’s Narratives at Scott
Join fellow garden enthusiasts and book lovers on Wednesday, December 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as they discuss books about plants, nature and the environment. The book that will be the topic of discussion at this meeting is titled We Made a Garden.
The book will not be supplied, but one copy is available in the Scott Horticultural Library. This discussion is free and open to the public, however it is limited to 12 people. Advanced registration is required so call (610) 328-8025 to sign up.