My mind is sometimes like a snow globe. Not a crystal-clear globe reflecting light on a table or mantle. But one that is shaken. My mind is a globe-world where there are frequently snowstorms.
Especially during the holidays, the activities and to-do lists swirl through my head, blinding me in a mental blizzard and adding extra effort to every step. Like the globe, if I sit quietly and calmly for a while, the internal storm subsides.
The wise person who first introduced me to the idea of a snow globe mind was while learning meditation. I’ve grown to trust that it’s possible to clear the globe of my mind. Now I’m grateful to see the difference between a mental storm and clear skies. I can reduce the storm’s onslaught to flurries by simply sitting still, watching my thoughts swirl and settle after a while, just like the snow globe. I simply watch the thoughts arise and melt away. READ MORE
Make merry with festive movies and music at the Colonial Theatre!
Comedy prevails at Love Actually and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Dec 2-8. Home Alone, sponsored by Janice Janka Hartmann and Paul Hartmann, screens Dec 10.
On Dec 4, Cary Grant stars in The Bishop's Wife, sponsored by Sugartown Strawberries. Then on Dec 11 and 18, standbys White Christmas, sponsored by General Carl Spaatz National USAAF Museum, and It's a Wonderful Life, sponsored by Century 21 Norris-Valley Forge (and featuring a bridge built by Phoenix Steel) animate the theater.
Opera Philadelphia's film La voix humaine, filmed at Cheltenham’s gilded Elkins Estate and featuring star soprano Patricia Racette, screens Dec 8. (122)
- The Avakian Duo performs The Coolest Yule Dec 4 on the Colonial’s pipe organ. Presented by the Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley.
Jessica Lynn's "A Very Merry Country Christmas" comes to town Dec 9 for a family-friendly, multi-media show featuring dancers, choirs, a marching band, and all the holiday songs you know and love. Jessica Lynn's tour benefits Toys for Tots.
- Dec 18, the big band sounds of City Rhythm Orchestra fill the stage - Holiday Style. Featuring Steve Ritrovato, Rich Cox, Gil Morrow, and many soloists.
MAIN LINE MUSIC
Holiday Music Event
Friday, December 9 – Sunday, December 11, 7:30 PM
Theatre Horizon, Norristown
Limited-run Holiday Concert created and directed by Jessica Johnson, known at Theatre Horizon for her show-stopping portrayal of Celie in The Color Purple. Join Jessica and many of her castmates in a retrospective holiday musical event. Details
Through Tuesday, December 13, Virtual
The 82nd season of the Emerging Artists Concert Series features four compositions for violin and piano. Donation required. Details
Charlie Brown Christmas Quartet
Sunday, December 18, 4:00 PM
118 North, Wayne
World class jazz musicians perform live. Tickets include dinner and concert with seating on first come basis. Reservations online. Details
Ukulele Get Together
Thursday, December 8
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Want to learn to play ukulele or join with other players or just sing along or listen? This fun group has ukuleles to lend if you want to try. Free. Details
Folk Music Concert
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 PM
Lansdowne Folk Club
Award winning singer songwriter from Philadelphia, Emily Drinker, combines folk, pop and rock featured as opening act for Pat Benatar and more. Details
FOUR LEGGED ONES
Take Me Home for the HOWLidays!
Providence Animal Center
Arrange for a sleepover of 1 – 3 nights with a shelter dog! Give a deserving dog a break from the shelter and share some TLC during the holidays. And all adoption fees are sponsored now through December 31st! Details
Horses and Hot Chocolate
Sunday, December 4
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ryerss Home for Equines, Pottstown
Take photos with Santa, while sipping on hot chocolate and visiting horses. Admission if free with suggested donations. Details
The Community Arts Center and The Potters Guild present their annual HOLIDAY SALE of Fine Craft and Pottery, Friday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 10th. Hours vary by day. The sale features handcrafted ceramics, jewelry, apparel, wooden creations, baskets, holiday décor, and other items by over 60 vendors in a spacious indoor art gallery.
The Community Arts Center offers visual art classes for children and adults, exhibitions, live music events and wedding rental space at its historic home in Wallingford, PA, just off the Media/Swarthmore exit of 476. Ceramics is the CAC’s largest program area, offering access to a variety of classes and specialty kilns onsite. Each year the CAC hosts a large art-focused summer camp for kids 5-17 featuring visiting artists throughout the 8 weeks. Additional info is available at communityartscenter.org.
Saturday, December 3
This show features the work of eleven artists who combine glass with other materials in creative and new ways. Details
Main Line Camera Club
Tuesday, December 6, Virtual
Enjoy the company of fellow photographers, share images and tips from great speakers and opportunities to exhibit your work. Join the Club or attend a meeting as a guest for $10. Applied to membership if you join. Mlcamera2008@gmail.com
Woodmere Virtual Holiday Store
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia
Check out the virtual holiday store and support Philadelphia’s premiere Art Museum dedicated to featuring Philadelphia area artists. Details
FLOWERS AND LIGHTS IN WINTER
Flower Arranging and Design
Thursday, December 1, 7:00 PM
Narberth Municipal Bldg., 100 Conway Ave.
Live demonstrations along with introducing basic concepts of floral design including trade, color and visual balance presented by Amaranth Florist’s Master Designer Dave Van Trieste and Narberth Garden Club. Admission $5.Free for Club members. Details
Flower Power Fundraiser
Through Thursday, December 15
Proceeds from the Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulb sale helps support the Valley Forge Park Alliance and other local community projects and organizations. This is a gift that keeps on growing and can be shipped anywhere in the US. Details
Winter Luminary Nights
Friday, December 9 – Sunday, December 11
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM and 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Jenkins Arboretum, Devon
Luminary lined walkways and hot drinks warm up winter nights. Tickets online. Details
FOR THE KIDDOS
Furry Friends Sleep Over
Tuesday, December 27, 4:00 PM
Come to the Library with a favorite stuffed animal and enjoy story time followed by placing them in their own sleeping bags and say goodnight. Pick up is the next day. Details
Toys For Tots
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Havertown Animal Hospital
Drop off new unwrapped toys and books for ages 0-2 around the $10 and up range, for children in need of holiday cheer. Details
“Vanderbilt” Book Club
Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 PM
Main Point Books, Virtual
Join in the discussion about the story of the legendary American family from CNN anchor and television commentator Anderson Cooper with historian Katherine Howe. One of the Washington Post’s Notable Works of Nonfiction and #1 NY Times bestseller. Details
Friday, December 2
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Main Line School Night at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian
Martin Seligman, Zellerbach Family Professor Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of “The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism,” a story both insightful and intimate focused on positive psychology in person. Q & A led by psychologist and professor Lynn Zubermis. Register online
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
Winter Wonder-Farm Holiday Event
Sunday, December 4
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Gateway HorseWorks, Malvern
Join in an afternoon of family fun, with holiday music, pictures with ponies, homemade craft vendors, hot cocoa and more! Details
Kennett Square Holiday Village Market
Saturday, December 3, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, December 4, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 11:00 – 5:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 11:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Creamery, Kennett Square
Wander and shop dozens of artisan and vintage vendors to the sounds of the season with live music, festive cocktails, food trucks and more! Details
Holiday Craft Market
Saturday, December 10
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Springton Manor Farm, Glenmoore
Wander the craft market for the perfect holiday gift, and a lot more! There will be live entertainment, a candy cane hunt for the kids, an ornament craft station, a photo booth, face painting, pictures with Santa, light refreshments and more! Details
We Go Further.
Discover the joyful learning and academic excellence at Friends’ Central Lower School.
Join us for the final Open House of the season on December 7 at 4 pm!
Alderfer Auction presents their December Fine & Decorative Arts Auction featuring fine jewelry, silver, decorative art, modern period furniture, artwork, and rugs.
Fine and Decorative Arts
December 8, 2022
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SEASON OF GIVING
Habitat for Humanity Montgomery, Delaware County
Flexible dates, times
533 Foundry Road, Norristown
Donate, volunteer, shop to help area families in need of a decent place to live and build long term financial security. Details
Donate Gently Used Sports Equipment
224 County Line Road, Wayne (Drop off bin is indoors)
Donate gently used sports equipment to provide options for under-resourced youth groups, community programs and schools in our area. Volunteer opportunities available also. More information: 610-293-0888 Details
Animal House Project
Flexible dates, times
72 Robinson Street, Pottstown
Volunteer positions are available to help Chester County Pet Food Pantry provide donated pet food and pet care services to area individuals and families experiencing financial hardship and local rescue organizations. Details
Saved Me Rescue
Flexible dates, times
Doggie Style, Bala Cynwyd
Volunteer positions available for walking adoptable dogs at the Bala Cynwyd location. Details
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