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Release: Nov. 17, 2000

Ninth Annual Snowflake Family Festival will be held at the UI Museum of Art Dec. 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present the ninth annual "Snowflake Family Festival," an afternoon of art, music, hands-on activities and refreshments for the entire family, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. All events during the festival are open to the public free of charge.

The afternoon’s entertainment will begin with performances of "The Cat, the Ram and the Wool" by the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, a past festival favorite, at 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

At 2 p.m. the Chamber Singers of Iowa City, directed by Martin Dicke, will perform a program of traditional and all-time-favorite songs of the holiday season.

The afternoon’s performances will conclude with a 3 p.m. concert by the Viola Ensemble, the Ensemble con Brio and the Espressivo Strings from the Preucil School of Music, directed by Sonja Zeithamel.

From noon. to 4 p.m. visitors, parents, children and families may participate in "Make a Snowflake." Cookies and punch will be served throughout the day.

The UI Museum of the Art’s "Snowflake Family Festival" is planned and coordinated by Emily Vermilion, curator of education.

"We look forward every year to sharing this delightful afternoon with the community," she says. "We hope that families and friends will join us in the festivities." She invites parents and children to "step inside the warmth of the museum’s winter wonderland."

Exhibitions on view in the museum during the festival will include "Sharing Traditions: Quilts from Yamanashi," "An American Sculptor: Seymour Lipton," "Kenzo Okada: A Retrospective of the American Years 1950-1982" and "Experiencing Devi: Hindu Goddesses in Indian Popular Art."

Museum staff and volunteers will be stationed throughout the museum to welcome visitors. Seating may be limited for performances.

The Snowflake Family Festival is sponsored by the Hills Bank and Trust Company.

The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

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