Mumford, N.Y - At Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Yuletide in the Country, experience how Christmas became a beloved holiday, widely celebrated with church services, Christmas trees, gift-giving and parties.
During Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22, the historic village comes to life with townsfolk celebrating the season at mid-century, including the lighting-yes, real lighting-of a candle-decorated tree.
Guided by candle light, visitors are captivated by scenarios based on actual people, events or writings of the 19th century, and each captures the spirit of the era. Read more »
Public Program & Children’s Workshop
Ithaca, N.Y. - Ithaca art glass designer, craftsman, educator, and marketer Tony Serviente is represented with two stained glass windows in the ongoing Artistry and Piety glass exhibition at The History Center in Tompkins County. He will also lead two programs Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th.
His December 6th presentation on “Stained Glass: A Practitioner’s Perspective,” begins at 6 p.m. at The History Center. Serviente will share experience and knowledge gained from 30 years of creating art glass. Included will be a brief history, the process of stained glass creation from commission to installation, an assessment of the state of art glass in the 21st century, and what the future may hold. Read more »
Spectacular Works by Ai Weiwei, Gu Wenda, Liu Dan, Qiu Anxiong, Wang Dongling, Xu Bing, Yang Jiechang, Zhang Yu and Many More - Dec. 11, 2013-April 6, 2014
Location: Galleries for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
Press preview: Monday, December 9, 10 a.m. - noon
New York, N.Y. - A major loan exhibition of contemporary Chinese art presenting works by 35 artists born in China will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning December 11. Featuring 70 works in various media-paintings, calligraphy, photographs, woodblock prints, video, and sculpture-that were created during the past three decades, Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China will demonstrate how China’s ancient pattern of seeking cultural renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Although all of the artists have transformed their sources through new modes of expression, visitors will recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China’s artistic past. Read more »
Cooperstown Organizations Start a New Holiday Tradition
Cooperstown, N.Y. - The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown is pleased to present two Glimmer Globe Theatre performances of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 15. The play tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who devoted his life to money and business until three ghosts show him the error of his ways. Excerpts from the show will also be performed the day before at the museum’s Candlelight Evening.
“This exciting holiday event will mark the first major collaboration between our museum and Smithy Center for the Arts. We both hope to establish an annual holiday tradition with the show,” commented Todd Kenyon, Director of Marketing at The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum. Read more »
Installation dates: November 26, 2013-January 6, 2014
Location: Medieval Sculpture Hall
Press Viewing: Monday, December 2, 10:00 a.m.-noon
New York, N.Y. - The Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque crèche at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a long-standing yuletide tradition in New York, will be on view for the holiday season, from November 26, 2013, through January 6, 2014. The brightly lit, 20-foot blue spruce-with a collection of 18th-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs hovering among its boughs and groups of realistic crèche figures flanking the Nativity scene at its base-will once again delight holiday visitors in the Museum’s Medieval Sculpture Hall. Set in front of the 18th-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid, with selected Christmas music in the background and daily lighting ceremonies, the installation reflects the spirit of the holiday season. Read more »
Cooperstown, N.Y. - Join us for one of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions, Candlelight Evening, to be held Saturday, December 14, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.
Music and live performances bring Candlelight Evening to life. “A Living Nativity” is presented by members of the congregation of Christ Episcopal Church. Excerpts from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are performed by the cast of the Glimmer Globe Theatre production. Traditional holiday favorites are sung by the Catskill Chamber Singers and the Ah Coopella Singing Group. Holiday favorites are played by local school bands. Best of all, visitors can join in singing with carolers in the midst of our candle-lit historic buildings! Read more »
History’s Hometown’s Free Holiday Celebration December 8, 2013
Auburn N.Y. - Holiday Traditions is an event that was created by the Seward House over 30 years ago as a token of appreciation to the Auburn community. Since that time, other local cultural attractions and sites have opened their doors to the public for free the second Sunday in December. Now, the “open house” is a tradition, and again this year, participation has expanded to include churches and other non-profit organizations. Read more »