By Cassandra Demski, Curator of Education
Join us for Winter Wonders at Grounds For Sculpture
This winter is sure to be full of excitement at Grounds For Sculpture! As always, we are open year-round, but for a special treat this December the park hours will be extended on Friday and Saturdays until 9pm. This will provide a fantastic viewing opportunity for patrons to enjoy our festive holiday lighting throughout the park. This is not to be missed! We are also offering a widae variety of workshops, concerts, performances and special events during December, January and February to give you plenty of reasons to spend your winter at GFS. For a full list of Winter Wonders programming, please visit our website at http://www.groundsforsculpture.org and click on Calendar.
A few selected highlights of upcoming programs include:
Saturday November 26th, starting at 1pm
Lights On! is our Winter Wonders kickoff event! At sundown watch the park come ablaze with light as our holiday lights are turned on for the first time of the season. Stroll its paths as trees and buildings dazzle with thousands of fairy lights and holiday magic. On this day, take the family on a horse-drawn wagon ride to delight in the sparkling splendor and participate in two hands-on art workshops! Be there for the award ceremonies in our 7th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and warm up with songs of the holiday in the late afternoon. And don’t miss the opportunity to shop for that special someone at the Toad Hall Shop & Gallery Artisan Boutique.
Sunday November 27th, starting at 11am
On the second day of Lights On!, enjoy special brunch selections at the Peacock Café and don’t be late for our afternoon Holiday Tea Party from 1-3pm (reservations required by calling 609.890.6015). Plus don’t miss the afternoon musical performance!
Holiday Wreath Decorating Workshop
Saturday December 3rd, 1-3pm
Make your own holiday decorations! In this class for adults, you’ll create your own very special evergreen wreath with berries, stems, ribbons, wire and more to welcome guests to your home or make a one-of-a-kind holiday gift! $40 Members; $45 Non-Members. To purchase, call (609) 586-0616.
Holiday Origami Demonstration
Sunday, December 4, 1-4pm
Watch origami master April Zay create intricate and amazing works of art using this ancient form of paper folding. If you like this demonstration, April’s annual holiday gift box and cards workshop on Saturday, December 10 is a must! Seating is limited and on a first- come, first-serve basis.
Opera NJ: Holiday Fare
Friday, December 9, 7pm
Get into the holiday spirit! We’ve created our own GFS tradition as Opera NJ, the Garden State’s premier opera company, returns to perform a free holiday concert to excite the sense of adults and children alike and fill you with the holiday spirit. A special dinner is available before the concert at the Peacock Café.
Holiday Candle-Making Workshops for Kids
Saturday, December 17, 12 and 1pm
Candles are a distinctive feature in many cultures’ holiday celebrations. In each of these workshops, children will learn how to make a different type of candle and get to bring home their creations (2 candles per child per session)! At noon make aluminum foil molds from which candles will be created. In the 1pm workshop, kids will learn how to create floating candles! First-come, first-served. Materials fee $5 per child, per session, paid at the workshop.
January will feature winter photograph workshops, altered book workshop, faux-plein air watercolor workshop, paper cutting workshops, calligraphy demonstration, Nai-Ni Chen dance performance, yoga classes, gallery talks, book clubs, library book sales, and more! Please check back for more details!