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October 29th, 1997
Museum Hosts Evening Of Holiday Enchantments For Families

The Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present "The Enchanted Forest," an evening of creative holiday festivities for children ages 2 to 12 (and, of course, their adult escorts!), taking place at the Museum on Sunday, December 7, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. This first-time-ever event will feature wizards, princesses, mimes, jugglers, magicians and storytellers frolicking through a specially created magical landscape. Hands-on craft projects will provide youngsters with the opportunity to enjoy themselves while learning artistic techniques. Festive activities will take place all evening throughout the Museum—each family can enjoy them at its own pace. Tickets for the event are $35 per child, $65 per adult, and may be purchased by calling (215) 684-7822. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art Acquisition Fund.

Peanut Butter & Jammin' will provide musical accompaniment for "The Enchanted Forest," inviting children, their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to take to the dancefloor. Kid-friendly foods and even make-your-own sundaes will be served in the Museum's Great Stair Hall.

Besides taking part in fun and games, music and dancing, and food and drink, everyone visiting "The Enchanted Forest" will have the opportunity to help (with assistance from Museum educators) create a nine-foot high mural. In the spirit of the season, this gigantic, collaborative effort will be donated to a children's charity in Philadelphia. Guests are also encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts that the Friends will later deliver to a local philanthropy.

CoreStates Securities Corp is the lead sponsor supporting the Friends presentation of "The Enchanted Forest." In addition, companies and foundations helping to make the evening memorable are: Travel One; The Strauss Foundation; Okidata; Credit Suisse First, Boston; SBC Warburg Dillon Read, Inc.; Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP; McNeil Associates; Hope's Cookies; Chartwell Investments; Radnor Racquet Club; The Children's Boutique; Eagle's Eye Kids; Travel Services Co.; Nautica Girls; Philadelphia Magazine; National Realty; The Raymond and Ellen Goldberg Foundation; Delta Air Lines; Karl's Baby and Teenage Furniture; Le Colonial Restaurant/Bar/Vietnamien; Dan Brody Photography; and Paparone Homes of New Jersey, Inc. Finally, with thanks to Estee Lauder and Saks Fifth Avenue, children will leave "The Enchanted Forest" and the Museum with a wizard's cap full of surprises!

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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