Farnsworth’s holiday treat for families
Rockland — In conjunction with Rockland’s Festival of Lights Saturday, Nov. 24, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present its seventh annual “Share the Wonder” holiday celebration. This year’s celebration will again feature events and activities for all children and families throughout the museum campus and family programming will again extend throughout the month of December.
Each participating child will receive a passport to be stamped at the activity locations. Children may then present the passports for a prize. Museum admission will be free of charge for the entire day Nov. 24. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., special children’s activities will include horse-drawn carriage rides; holiday cookie decorating; live music provided by Breakers Jazz; and gifts for children. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, a small puppetry troupe based in Bar Harbor, returns for a sixth year, offering puppet shows on the half hour, beginning at 10:15 a.m. with the last show at 12:45 p.m. “Share the Wonder” is underwritten by a grant from the Wyeth Foundation.
This year’s “Share the Wonder” traditional seasonal display at the Wyeth Center will once again include holiday art and artifacts built around a magnificent model train set. The unique model train installation in the Wyeth Center features two trains traveling through a terrain of familiar landmarks from the Midcoast area. The handsome Lehmann LGB model train and accompanying scenery of Rockland and Camden was a gift from Charles and Julie Cawley in 2004.
December’s “Share the Wonder” events and programming at the Farnsworth include performances Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. by the Harborside Harmony Singers in the museum library; Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. by the Breakwater Bells bell choir in the museum library; and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 12:30 p.m. by the Suomalaiset Jouset (Finnish Strings) in the museum library.
Two separate gingerbread house decorating workshops will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 and 10 a.m. at the Gamble Education Center, corner of Grace and Union streets. Suggested donation is $5 per family, and each session is limited to 50 children. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 596-6457, ext 143.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 11 and 12 at 3:30 p.m., after-school films featuring holiday classics “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer” will be screened in the auditorium. Popcorn and apple juice boxes will be provided; the shows are suggested for children age 4 to 9 with a limit of 60 each show; children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information on any of these events or programs, or to make a reservation for the gingerbread house workshops or the after-school films, contact the museum’s Special Events Manager Niki Dabrio at 596-6457, ext 143.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.