Community Calendar

Friday, December 15

French Conversation at SPL: 2 pm. Monthly discussion group welcomes proficient Spanish speakers. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Front Room Fridays at Furness Library: 2 pm – 4 pm. Adults and teens, come color away your stress at Helen Kate, with mellow music, coloring books and pages, colored pencils and friendly company. Bring your own supplies if you wish. Free; no registration required. Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford.

Jessica Graae will celebrate the release of her new album Blue Heart with a launch party at waR3house3. Photo courtesy of Sean Capuano Photography.

Jessica Graae Album Release Party at waR3house3: 7 pm. Local singer-songwriter Jessica Graae has made and album, and the launch party is tonight at waR3house3. She is joined by special guest Norman Taylor. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, which opens at 7, with light fare served and BYOB invited at the waR3house3, 100 Park Avenue, WH3, Swarthmore.

Chester Children’s Chorus Winter Concert: 7:30 pm. (Also Sunday, December 16.) The outstanding youth chorus sings its holiday program, directed by John Alston. Free, but come early for sure seating. Lang Concert Hall.

A Christmas Carol at Hedgerow Theatre: 7:30 pm. (Run continues through December 24.) Hedgerow opens its 25th seasonal run of the classic Dickens tale, adapted and directed by Jared Reed, and featuring the Hedgerow company and special guests. Celebrate Christmases past, present and yet to come in Hedgerow’s production, which runs through Christmas Eve. Information at (610) 565-4211 and hedgerowtheatre.org.

NEW Inspecting Carol at Spotlight Theatre: 8 pm. (Tonight and Saturday only.) This timely farce by Daniel J. Sullivan focuses on the travails of a small theatre company struggling to survive amidst funding cuts. The play within this hilarious play is A Christmas Carol! Directed by Josh Gosselin. Tickets are $15 at the door. Spotlight Theatre at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.

Saturday, December 16

A Christmas Carol at Hedgerow Theatre: 4 pm; 7:30 pm. (See Friday, December 15.)

Believe – A Magical Holiday Adventure: 7 pm. Stunning singing by the Valley Forge Chorus on the main stage at the Players Club of Swarthmore. Info: valleyforgechorus.com. Tickets at the door at 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore.

Chester Children’s Chorus holiday concerts are next Friday and Saturday at Lang Concert Hall.

Chester Children’s Chorus Winter Concert: 7:30 pm. (See Friday, December 15.)

Hot Club of Philly at waR3house3: 7 pm. The Hot Club of Philly spins fascinating gypsy jazz, a la Django Reinhardt. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, which opens at 7, with light fare served and BYOB invited at the waR3house3, 100 Park Avenue, WH3, Swarthmore.

Inspecting Carol at Spotlight Theatre: 8 pm. (Last show. See Friday, December 15.)

Sunday, December 17

Carol Sing at SUMC: 11:15 am. Come join the congregation of SUMC for festive caroling following morning worship. You are welcome to come for church at 10, refreshments at 11, and/or the sing at 11:15 am, all at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

Preparing for a Colonial Christmas at the Thomas Leiper House in Wallingford are (left to right), Angela Hewett, Leiper House Director, and Swarthmore Garden Club members Joan Apt and Carolyn Langdon, who decorated the bedroom where colonial industrialist Leiper once laid his head. In celebration of Leiper’s birthday, the annual colonial Christmas open house will be held on Sunday, December 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tour the house, which has been decorated by 6 local garden clubs, and enjoy refreshments (including birthday cake) at this free community event at the Leiper House at 521 Avondale Rd., Wallingford.

Colonial Christmas at Historic Thomas Leiper House: 1 pm – 5 pm. Celebrate the holidays and Christmas and the birthday of Thomas Leiper at his 1785 homestead, with uniquely decorated rooms, refreshments, and festive fellowship. Free admission. Information: 610-566-6365. 521 Avondale Road, Wallingford.

A Christmas Carol at Hedgerow Theatre: 2 pm. (See Friday, December 15.)

Board Games at Swarthmore Borough Hall: 2 pm – 5 pm. (Last session this year.) Board gaming. Friendly, mostly recently-created “Eurogames,” led by Jim Moskowitz. Adults and kids are welcome; no prior experience necessary. Games are provided, and you can bring your own. FREE. Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue.

Game Night at Broad Table Tavern: 4 pm – closing. Enjoy classic games with your family and friends while you savor selections from the Tavern’s menu. Broad Table Tavern, 12 S. Chester Road, Swarthmore.

Monday, December 18

Rutledge Borough Council: 7 pm. Monthly work session is open to the public. Borough Hall, 212 Unity Terrace.

Swarthmore Borough Council: 7:30 pm. Monthly legislative session is open to the public. Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue.

A Christmas Carol at Hedgerow Theatre: 7:30 pm. (See Friday, December 15.)

Tuesday, December 19

Philosophy Discussion Group at SPL: 10 am. What does it all mean? Read and discuss intro and classic philosophy texts with other seekers after wisdom. Refreshments will be served. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Mornings in Stitches: 10 am. No matter your skill level in knitting, crochet, or needlework, join this monthly club to socialize and learn tips and ideas. Some supplies available for beginners. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Listen Out Loud Holiday Series: 2 pm. Come to SPL’s final reading of holiday stories, featuring cameos by a librarian, with festive refreshments to follow. Rob Borgstrom reads Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

A Christmas Carol at Hedgerow Theatre: 7:30 pm. (See Friday, December 15.)

Wednesday, December 20

Food Collection for Chester Eastside: 8 am – 7 pm. (Each Wednesday.) Donate canned and fresh foods for Chester Eastside Ministries and its community. Swarthmore Co-op, 341 Dartmouth Avenue.

Silvertones at The Gathering Place: noon. Directed by John Shankweiler, Strath Haven High School’s elite chorus sings songs of the season, a capella. Bring lunch or get soup and bread for $2, catered by Occasionally Yours. Dessert and drinks are provided. Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

The Symphony Video Lecture Series at SPL: 1 pm – 3 pm. (Last session.) Messiaen and Shostakovich star in the final episode of the Great Courses series, in which Robert Greenberg surveys three centuries of the symphonic form. Refreshments served at intermission. Free; register at Swarthmore@delcolibraries.org. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

A Christmas Carol at Hedgerow Theatre: 2 pm; 7:30 pm. (See Friday, December 15.)

Recovery International Meeting: 7 pm. Helping those suffering from mental health issues lead more peaceful and productive lives, this group is open to all, meeting weekly at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore.

Thursday, December 21

Rotary Club of Swarthmore. No Rotary Meetings until 2018.

Thai Cooking Class at Schoolhouse Center: 5 pm. Learn to prepare and then enjoy a full and delicious Thai dinner with Chef Tom Voravolya. $27 for Schoolhouse members and $30 for others, at 600 Swarthmore Avenue, Folsom.

Evenings in Stitches: 6 pm. No matter your skill level in knitting, crochet, or needlework, join this monthly club to socialize and learn tips and ideas. Some supplies available for beginners. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

A Christmas Carol at Hedgerow Theatre: 7:30 pm. (See Friday, December 15.)

Friday, December 22

Front Room Fridays at Furness Library: 2 pm – 4 pm. (See Friday, December 15.)

Just Roses Holiday Party at waR3house3: 7 pm. Just Roses & Friends are throwing a holiday party, and you’re invited. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, which opens at 7, with light fare served and BYOB invited at the waR3house3, 100 Park Avenue, WH3, Swarthmore.

A Christmas Carol at Hedgerow Theatre: 7:30 pm. (See Friday, December 15.)

EXHIBITS

John Margerum at Pendle Hill. (Through January 3, 2018.) Quaker John Margerum is a traveling artist whose work of the last 50 years is surveyed in this exhibition at the Barn Gallery. For more information on the man and the show, visit pendlehill.org. 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford.
Clay Monoprints: Dreams, Visions, and Alternate Realities. (Continues through February 1, 2018.) Local artist Susan Richards shares her enthusiasm for the monoprint form and its techniques in a gallery talk on Sunday, October 8 from 2 to 4 pm. Tree Rooms Gallery at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford.
Paintings by Leslie Gerhart at Borough Hall. (Open through December 31.) Media illustrator turned abstractionist Leslie Gerhart’s work is collected in “Journeys in Color,” organized by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue.