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December 4th, 1997
Children's Concert And Book Fair Spark Holiday Fun

Two special Saturdays in December will feature fun and enriching holiday festivities for families, hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Sounds of the Seasons," a free children's concert presented from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on December 13, will jingle holiday bells as it decks the Great Stair Hall with jolly sing-alongs, an opera workshop, and other participatory musical happenings. The program is presented by the Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania, and will feature members of the Opera Workshop and the Crosstown Brass Quintet.

Also on December 13, the Museum's Second Annual Children's Book Fair will provide families with the opportunity to talk to, and have their books signed by, some of their favorite authors and illustrators. These literary activities will begin at 11:00 a.m., with S.D. Schindler, illustrator of Whuppity Stoorie, a book written by Carolyn White. At 12:15 p.m., Charles Santore will sign copies of William the Curious: Knight of the Water Lilies. Ilene Beckerman, author of Love, Loss, and What I Wore and What We Do for Love, will appear at 1:00 p.m. All books will be available for sale in the Museum Store.

Jamie Wyeth, member of the celebrated Wyeth family of artists, who created the dramatic illustrations for Cabbages and Kings, a book by Elizabeth Seabrook, will be at the Museum on Saturday, December 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In conjunction with Mr. Wyeth's appearance, the Museum will present a "Hands-on Workshop" for children to make their own books, bookmarks, and more.

All programs are free after Museum admission, which is $8.00 for adults, and $5.00 for children 5 to 18, students with valid I.D., and senior citizens 62 and over. The Museum is open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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