Have Yourself A 'Mammoth' Little Christmas At The Mayborn Museum Complex

Nov. 12, 2004

by Lesly D. Rascoe

For an updated schedule of holiday events at the Mayborn Museum Complex, click here.

The Mayborn Museum Complex will celebrate the holiday season with "A Mammoth Little Christmas" beginning Nov. 18. The Mayborn Museum Complex will be dressed up for the holidays with "Christmas from Around the World" trees gracing the upper level of the rotunda. The trees will be specially decorated by Baylor University international students.

To kick off the season, the first 100 visitors to the museum between 5 and 8 p.m. on Nov. 18 will get in the doors FREE. Visitors may shop at the Museum Store for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family on your list. From the whimsical to the educational, the Museum Store offers books, toys, puzzles and plush items for all ages.

Special entertainment that evening will include artisan demonstrations and musical performances. "Texas Songbird" Glay Marie Posch will sing selections from her "Lonestar Lullaby" CD. Vocalist, composer and narrator, Posch performs at venues throughout Texas and her hometown of Houston.

Shannon Meadors, an opera student at McLennan Community College, also will set the holiday scene with Christmas singing in the Grand Rotunda.

Artisans will be at work around the rotunda. Jim Aisenstein of the Walking Stick division of Brazos Oaks in Gholson will be on hand to show guests the beautiful hand-crafted walking sticks made of specialty woods such as sassafras, hickory and sweet gum. The local company uses traditional methods to make free-form rustic walking sticks and canes to offer the broadest line in the country.

Hannah Madera, 16, of Waco will demonstrate her unique wire bug sculptures. Sharon Gillespie of Woodway will show her wonderful works of art she crafts from the eggs of finch, duck, pigeon and quail. Gillespie transforms the eggs into stunning jewelry, purses and atomizers.

The evening will feature China Spring author Charlotte Siegmund, whose book "My Texas" is available in the Museum Store. The easy-to-read book teaches young children the symbols of the Lonestar State and includes a CD narration.

The event on Nov. 18 is only the beginning. The Mayborn Museum will feature musical guests in the Grand Rotunda throughout the holiday season. The Fred Curtis Quartet and the Baylor Brass will perform Dec. 5, and Theresa Ford will play her hammered dulcimer, followed by harpist sisters Susan and Catherine Shrivner on Dec. 12.

The Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village will be adorned for the holidays Dec. 18. The First United Methodist Church children's choir will perform in the church, and Waco storyteller Vivian Rutherford will tell Christmas stories in the school house. Children also can enjoy the old-fashioned tradition of stringing popcorn and cranberries. The Waco Boys and Girls Club Choir will sing in the Grand Rotunda Dec. 19.

Thursday nights Dec. 2, 9 and 16 will feature "Christmas at Baylor," the one-hour Christmas music special aired last year on PBS stations, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the SBC Theater.

Admission to the Mayborn Museum Complex is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. For more information on the Mayborn Museum's "Mammoth Little Christmas," please visit: Mayborn Museum.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Nov. 18, 5 to 8 p.m.

Music, Artisans & Refreshments

Thursdays, Dec. 2, 9 & 16, 5 to 8 p.m.

"Christmas at Baylor"

Sundays, Dec. 5, 12 & 19, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Music in the Grand Rotunda

Saturday, Dec. 18, 1 to 5 p.m.

Stringing Popcorn & Cranberries

Christmas stories in the Village School House

The Mayborn Museum Complex will be closed on Christmas day and New Year's day.

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