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October 14th, 2002
Museum’s Annual Enchanted Forest Family Party Casts a Spell of Medieval Mystery and Magic

Magical Mystery Adventure, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 6th annual Enchanted Forest Family Party is scheduled for Sunday, November 24, 2002, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This one-of-a-kind family extravaganza raises funds that directly support the Museum’s education and community outreach initiatives. Magical Mystery Adventure transforms the Philadelphia Museum of Art into a medieval kingdom complete with a decorative castle surrounded by live evergreens, wise and mystical wizards, knights in shining armor, royal trumpeters, a fascinating fortuneteller, and jovial court jesters. Crafts, performances, and games in the Arms and Armor galleries, Medieval galleries, and European galleries spotlight aspects of the Museum’s collections in a kid-friendly fashion. Throughout the enchanted evening, Makin’ Music Rockin’ Rhythms charms the audience in the Great Stair Hall with high-spirited family tunes on keyboard, bass, electric guitar, and drums, while DJ Howard dazzles older children with popular recorded music in the Van Pelt Auditorium. Tickets for the family party ($45 for children and $80 for adults) can be purchased by calling (215) 235-SHOW.

Other highlights of the Magical Mystery Adventure include Silly Billy’s interactive magic show in the European galleries; Middle-earth Studios’ folklore and mythological storytelling in the Medieval galleries; and John Cassidy’s humorous tricks on the Great Stair Hall’s main stage. Guests are invited on a quest to find four colorful wizards offering souvenir Griffin coins and insights on works of art. Roaming knights and juggling jesters provide antics for children and adults as food is served in the East Balcony; Puppets Pizzazz keeps kids laughing in the Medieval galleries; airbrush artists decorate faces in the Balcony Café; and Museum educators lead hands-on craft activities in the East Foyer.

All proceeds from the annual Enchanted Forest Family Party support the Museum’s Division of Education programs and outreach initiatives. Chief among the programs funded through this event is Museum Looks and Picture Books that brings preschool classes from Head Start centers, daycare facilities, and nursery schools to the Museum for reading readiness and art activities. Proceeds also support the maintenance of the Museum’s art studio, which serves over 400 students a week.

The Enchanted Forest Family Party is supported by Fleet Bank.

The Enchanted Forest Family Party is organized and coordinated by the Museum’s Division of Education in affiliation with the Museum’s Membership and Development Departments. The 2002 co-chairs are Lizabeth Raynes of Villanova, Pennsylvania; Nicole de Botton Robinson of Penn Valley, Pennsylvania; and Stephanie Cohn Schaeffer of Radnor, Pennsylvania.

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