Meditation Workshop | Ancient Meditation Technique for A Healthy Mind and Body
Sep
30
9:00am 9:00am

Meditation Workshop | Ancient Meditation Technique for A Healthy Mind and Body

$40 per person.

Tickets available beginning September 1, 2017. Registration recommended by 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 28. Register by calling 267.502.2900 or emailing info@glencairnmuseum.org.

Tickets will be sold at the door on Saturday, subject to availability.

In this workshop, including a presentation and guided meditation, Losang Samten will share meditation techniques he learned from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Nine Stages of Mind Training Meditation will be of benefit for those seeking meditation for mental peacefulness.

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Medieval Festival
Oct
29
1:00pm 1:00pm

Medieval Festival

$10 adults, $8 seniors/students with ID. Free for members and children 3 and under.

The Medieval Festival at Glencairn is a portal to the past: experience medieval life, art and beliefs through a Pilgrim’s self-guided Quest, demonstrations and activities.

Demonstrations include:

  • Stained glass painting
  • Wool working
  • Manuscript illumination
  • Live music on replica instruments
  • Weaponry
  • Replica Gutenberg-style printing press
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Landmarks in Lights
Jun
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Landmarks in Lights

General admission is FREE. Additional activities for a small fee (see below).

Enjoy quiet reflection as you explore the grounds of the Bryn Athyn Historic District in lights. 

Cairnwood Estate: FREE Admission to the Garden House, including exhibitions and an orientation video; self-guided house tours: $5/person.

Bryn Athyn Cathedral: FREE Admission; cell phone audio tour of the building and gardens.

Glencairn Museum: FREE Admission to the first floor, including exhibitions, an orientation video, and a free cell phone audio tour; rides to the Tower fee $5/person.

Free parking throughout the Bryn Athyn Historic District.

Given the age and construction of the buildings, some areas are not wheelchair accessible. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

No wheelchairs beyond the first floor of Cairnwood and Glencairn. No backpack-style baby carriers.

Photography for private use is permitted. No flash, tripods, selfie-sticks or videography.

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An Evening in the Cloister
Jun
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

An Evening in the Cloister

$20 General Admission, $15 for Museum Members, $10 for Designated Drivers.

Must be 21+. Tickets are limited, and are on sale Tuesday, May 2 through Tuesday, May 30 by visiting the Museum or calling 267.502.2990. Tickets will also be sold at the door (subject to availability).

Where else in the Philadelphia area can you spend a summer evening with friends in a medieval-style cloister garden, enjoying the music of world-class guitarist Blane Bostock, delicious food and refreshing beverages? Celebrate the beginning of summer with an evening in Glencairn Museum’s cloister garden. The event will include live music, light refreshments, beer, wine, access to the collections on the first floor of the Museum and the sunset view from the tower.

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Les Canards Chantants | Smörgåsbord
May
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

Les Canards Chantants | Smörgåsbord

Doors open at 7:00 pm

$20 General Admission, $15 Basic Members/Seniors/Students, Free for Gold and Patron Members.

Advance tickets available Tuesday, April 12 through Tuesday, May 9. To purchase tickets through May 9, visit the Museum or call 267.502.2990. After May 9 tickets will be sold only at the door, beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 12.

Reserved seats for Patron Members only: call 267.502.2990 to reserve seats beginning April 12.

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Wister Quartet
Apr
30
3:00pm 3:00pm

Wister Quartet

Doors open at 2:30 pm

$15 General Admission, $10 Basic Members/Students with I.D. Free for Gold and Patron Members.

Advance tickets available through Thursday, April 27. To purchase tickets through Thursday, April 27, visit the Museum or call 267.502.2990. After April 27 tickets will be sold only at the door, beginning at 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 30.

Reserved seats for Patron Members only: call 267.502.2990 to reserve seats beginning March 30.

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Sacred Arts Festival
Apr
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Sacred Arts Festival

$10 adults, $8 seniors/students with ID. Free for members and children 3 and under.

Visit Glencairn Museum for our annual Sacred Arts Festival and experience religious art in the making. Witness demonstrators using ink, glass and paint to create beautiful expressions of faith. Learn about stone carving, see the creation of a sand mandala, take a cell phone audio tour inside and outside the building, enjoy the stunning view from Glencairn’s tower and relax in the Castle Café.

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Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala
Apr
19
to Apr 23

Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala

Daily 1:00 - 4:30 pm

Free Admission April 19-22. Included in Sacred Arts Festival admission on April 23.

Witness the step-by-step creation of a traditional Sand Mandala, an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. Mandalas are drawings in sand of the world in its divine form; they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into an enlightened mind. Watch as the Venerable Losang Samten (the first Buddhist given permission by the Dalai Lama to make Mandalas in the West) completes and then ritualistically dismantles a Mandala during our Sacred Arts Festival.

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Pysanky Workshop | Ukrainian Easter Eggs for Teens and Adults
Apr
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

Pysanky Workshop | Ukrainian Easter Eggs for Teens and Adults

$20 Adults, $15 Students/Members. Recommended for age 13+.

Space is limited. Reservations required by Wednesday April 5. Please call 267.502.2990.

PLEASE NOTE: As of Wednesday, February 8, this workshop is sold out.

Pysanky are the beautiful, elaborate, Easter eggs found in Polish, Ukrainian and Russian traditions. Learning this ancient technique for decorating Easter eggs is actually easy. Using a stylus called a kistka, we will write with melted beeswax onto the shell of a raw egg, then dip it into vibrant dyes. We will complete two different eggs in the workshop, and you will keep your kistka and wax to use at home. Join us to make your own little heirloom - it’s a lot of fun, and the results will impress your family and friends!

Click here for more examples of decorated eggs.

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Pysanky Workshop | Ukrainian Easter Eggs for Children
Apr
8
10:00am10:00am

Pysanky Workshop | Ukrainian Easter Eggs for Children

$12 Children. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Children ages 5 to 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited. Reservations required by Wednesday April 5. Please call 267.502.2990.

PLEASE NOTE: As of Wednesday, February 8, this workshop is sold out.

Pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter Eggs, are a centuries-old Eastern European decorating tradition that is passed down through the generations. Children love making these beautiful eggs. Using a stylus called a kistka, we will write with melted beeswax onto the shell of a raw egg, then dip it into vibrant dyes. The finished eggs are beautiful little Easter decorations (click here for more examples of decorated eggs).

Please wear old clothes or a smock as the dye will stain. Children will bring home two decorated eggs and their own decorating tools.

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Ritual Healing Traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch: A Talk with Patrick Donmoyer
Apr
1
3:30pm 3:30pm

Ritual Healing Traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch: A Talk with Patrick Donmoyer

$10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students with ID, free for Museum Members.

As an expression of faith and identity, cultures throughout the world engage in ritual as an effective means to create and define meaningful interactions, spaces and outcomes. This talk will explore the historical and cultural roots of traditional customs, rituals, and folkways known among the Pennsylvania Dutch as Braucherei, or powwowing. Blessings, inscriptions, objects, and procedures will provide an overview of ritual traditions used primarily for the healing and protection of humans and their domesticated animals. Descriptions of powwowing throughout three centuries will demonstrate the ways in which ritual is still very much an active force in the present, human endeavor to heal physical and existential concerns and satisfy the hunger for meaning in everyday life.

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Members-Only Coffee: Religion and Healing Practices
Mar
25
10:00am10:00am

Members-Only Coffee: Religion and Healing Practices

Free admission. Reservations recommended: 267.502.2990 or info@glencairnmuseum.org.

Join other Glencairn Museum Members to explore religion and healing practices of three seemingly very different cultures: Pennsylvania Dutch, Ancient Egyptian, and Medieval Christian. Patrick Donmoyer, curator of the Powwowing in Pennsylvania: Healing Rituals of the Dutch Country exhibition, will give an introduction to the exhibition and will offer comments and insights into healing practices of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Visit the Egyptian gallery with Museum Educator Diane vanZyverden for an exploration of how Ancient Egyptians incorporated amulets and statuettes in their healing rituals thousands of years ago. Museum Educator Leah Smith will invite you to see, smell, touch, and taste a variety of herbs used by Medieval Christians to cure and prevent illnesses. Make your own herbal pouch to take home.

Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be available throughout the morning. A casual lunch in the tower for four people will be raffled off as a door prize (must be present to win).

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Elizabeth Pitcairn, Violin
Mar
19
3:00pm 3:00pm

Elizabeth Pitcairn, Violin

Doors open at 2:30 pm

$20 General Admission, $15 Basic Members, Free for Gold and Patron Members.

Tickets available Monday, February 19 through Thursday, March 16. To purchase tickets through March 16, visit the Museum or call 267.502.2990. Tickets will also be available at the door, beginning at 2:30 pm on Sunday, March 19.

Gold Members: please call 267.502.2990 by March 16 to reserve your tickets. Reserved seats for Patron Members only: call 267.502.2990 to reserve seats by March 16.

The March 19 program will include works by Franck, Mendelssohn, Saint- Saëns, Vivaldi and Wieniawski. Ms. Pitcairn will again be joined by Louise Thomas, and there will be special appearances of Luzerne Music Center Festival students, Malachi Ahlert (violin), Sarah Martin (cello) and Ellie Taylor (piano).

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Christmas Sing Concert
Dec
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Christmas Sing Concert

Doors open at 7:15 pm

$10 general admission, FREE for Museum members. No advance ticket sales.

Reserved seating for Gold and Patron members only. Reservations accepted beginning November 1, 2016. Reservations required by Monday, December 12. Contact 267.502.2990 to reserve your seats.

Seating capacity: 225.

Join us as the Museum continues a Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family tradition and hosts the “Glencairn Sing,” a Christmas concert open to the public. The program will feature the “Glencairn Horns,” composed of current and former members of the Philadelphia Orchestra (David Bilger, trumpet; Blair Bollinger, bass trombone; Eric Carlson, trombone; Randy Gardner, horn; Daniel Williams, horn) and Les Canards Chantants, ensemble-in-residence at Glencairn Museum. Readings from the Christmas story and audience caroling will be interspersed throughout the program.

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Homeschool Day
Dec
8
9:30am 9:30am

Homeschool Day

$5 per person; children 3 and under free.

No reservations necessary. Contact Christine McDonald at 267.502.2995 or christine.mcdonald@glencairnmuseum.org for more information.

Come enjoy exclusive access to this season’s exhibitions, World Nativities and Christmas in Pennsylvania. Participate in exhibition-based quests and win a prize, learn more about the art and history of the crèche through a special documentary viewing, engage in festive hands-on activities, and more!

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Les Canards Chantants | Carmina Chromatico
Nov
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Les Canards Chantants | Carmina Chromatico

Secret Music of the Renaissance

Doors open at 7:00 pm

$20 General Admission, $15 Students and Basic Museum Members, Free for Gold and Patron Museum Members.

Tickets may be purchased in advance through November 2 by calling 267.502.2990. Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Reserved seats for Patron Members only, through November 2. Patron Members can call 267.502.2970 or email peter.childs@glencairnmuseum.org to reserve seats.

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Julian Gargiulo, Piano
Oct
30
3:00pm 3:00pm

Julian Gargiulo, Piano

$20 General Admission, $15 Basic Members, Free for Gold and Patron Members.

Tickets on sale through Wednesday, October 26: call 267.502.2990. Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Reserved seats for Patron Members only, through October 26. Patron Members can call 267.502.2970 or email peter.childs@glencairnmuseum.org to reserve seats.

The program will include music by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and some of Gargiulo's own newly composed works.

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Medieval Festival
Oct
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Medieval Festival

$10 adults, $8 seniors/students with ID. Free for members and children 3 and under.

The Medieval Festival at Glencairn is a portal to the past: experience medieval life, art and beliefs through a Pilgrim’s self-guided Quest, demonstrations and activities.

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Yoga Workshop | Myth, Movement, and Mantra: An Exploration of the East Indian Celebration of the Divine Feminine
Oct
1
9:00am 9:00am

Yoga Workshop | Myth, Movement, and Mantra: An Exploration of the East Indian Celebration of the Divine Feminine

$45 per person. Reservations strongly recommended by calling 267.502.2990. No refunds after Wednesday, September 28. Tickets also available at the door beginning at 8:45 am on Saturday, October 1.

Doors open at 8:45 am. Workshop begins promptly at 9:00 am.

October 1, 2016 marks the first day of Navaratri, The Nine Nights of the Goddess, the largest International East Indian Celebration of the Divine Feminine in the world. Millions of people from all over the world join together to listen to great myths of the powerful and beautiful forms of the divine feminine in the form of Durga—an exquisitely beautiful goddess who rides a lion and holds the power that restores order, love, compassion and light to a world shrouded in darkness.

Join Michelle Synnestvedt for an exploration of this celebration that will include story-telling, gentle yoga movements appropriate for everyone, traditional East Indian Kirtan (interactive call and response chanting/singing) and meditation. Wear comfortable clothes easy to move in and a yoga mat if you have one. There will be chairs for everyone.

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Landmarks in Lights
Jun
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Landmarks in Lights

Admission: General admission is FREE. Additional activities for a small fee (see below).

Enjoy quiet reflection as you explore the grounds of the Bryn Athyn Historic District in lights. 

Cairnwood Estate: FREE Admission to the Garden House, including exhibitions and an orientation video; self-guided house tours: $5/person.

Bryn Athyn Cathedral: FREE Admission; cell phone audio tour of the building and gardens.

Glencairn Museum: FREE Admission to the first floor, including exhibitions, an orientation video, and a free cell phone audio tour; rides to the Tower fee $5/person.

Free parking throughout the Historic District.

Given the age and construction of the buildings, some areas are not wheelchair accessible. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

No wheelchairs beyond the first floor of Cairnwood and Glencairn. No backpack-style baby carriers.

Photography for private use is permitted. No flash, tripods, selfie-sticks or videography.

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Sacred Arts Festival
Apr
24
1:00pm 1:00pm

Sacred Arts Festival

Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors/students with ID. Free for members and children 3 and under.

Visit Glencairn Museum for our annual Sacred Arts Festival and experience religious art in the making. Witness demonstrators using ink, glass, paint and music to create beautiful expressions of faith. Learn about stone carving, see the creation of a sand mandala, take a cell phone audio tour inside and outside the building, enjoy the stunning view from Glencairn’s tower and relax in the Castle Café.

Please note: at this event the elevator stops at the 1st floor and the Tower only. Please use the stairs while exploring Glencairn Museum’s galleries on all other floors.

No wheelchairs beyond the first floor. No backpack-style baby carriers.

Photography for private use is permitted. No flash, tripods, selfie-sticks or videography.

Click here to see photos of past Sacred Arts Festivals.

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Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala
Apr
20
to Apr 24

Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala

Daily 1:00 - 4:30 pm.

Free Admission April 20-23. Included in Sacred Arts Festival admission on April 24.

Witness the step-by-step creation of a traditional Sand Mandala, an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. Mandalas are drawings in sand of the world in its divine form; they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into an enlightened mind. Watch as the Venerable Losang Samten (the first Buddhist given permission by the Dalai Lama to make Mandalas in the West) completes and then ritualistically dismantles a Mandala during our Sacred Arts Festival.

For more information about Losang Samten visit losangsamten.com.

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Members Trip to Washington, D.C. | Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed with photographer Feo Pitcairn
Apr
16
8:00am 8:00am

Members Trip to Washington, D.C. | Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed with photographer Feo Pitcairn

$50/person. Meals not included.

Reservations required by Friday, March 25. Contact Peter Childs at 267.502.2970 or peter.childs@glencairnmuseum.org.

Join Glencairn Museum for a charter bus trip to the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington D.C., for the exhibit Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed. This exhibit includes the work of award-winning photographer and cinematographer Feo Pitcairn and poet Ari Trausti Guðmundsson and reveals a land of fire, ice, hardy life and natural beauty. Experience the remote beauty of Iceland, a land sculpted by the elements and forged by active geologic activity. Meet with Feo Pitcairn and a Smithsonian geologist at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum for an in-depth discussion that will focus on Iceland, and the creation of Pitcairn’s exhibit. There will be free time upon arrival at the Museum for lunch. The discussion will start at 1:00 pm and at the conclusion there will be additional free time for self-guided exploration of the extensive collections of the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum.

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Kishi Bashi: Concert in a Castle
Apr
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

Kishi Bashi: Concert in a Castle

Doors open at 7:30.

$25 General Admission. This concert does not have reduced tickets for Museum Members. Tickets are available at http://kishibashiglencairn.bpt.me/ or go to kishibashi.com/shows until 3:00 pm on April 1. Tickets will also be available at the door, cash only.

Bryn Athyn College presents Kishi Bashi in concert at Glencairn Museum. The event is open to all ages.

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist K Ishibashi was born in Seattle, WA, but spent his formative years on the East Coast, where he honed his skills as a touring violinist for the likes of Sondre Lerche, Regina Spektor, and Of Montreal. K is also singer of the NYC synth rock band Jupiter One. In 2011 he embarked on an epic orchestral solo project, adopting the pseudonym Kishi Bashi, and eventually released the kaleidoscopic and meldoic 151A, his full-length solo debut in April 2012. The sophomore album, Lighght, followed in early 2014. Kishi Bashi's songs are "complicated pocket symphonies steeped in classical playing and 21st century pop" [NPR]; and his solo live show is a dazzling array of looping and vocal/violin gymnastics.

Local singer/songwriter Reade McCardell will open. Reade has been involved in music for a few small whiles now. He helped birth some strange sonic creatures with his friends in Red China in Detroit, participated in musical malpractice and magnificent kinship with the "pop-secret" outfit Fresh Cut Salads, played in a wondrous church band for a couple of years, and has contributed bits and pieces of incidental music to a few very small films. He just released his debut full-length album, "Frets," which is available on iTunes and Spotify.

www.kishibashi.com
www.reademccardell.com

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Elizabeth Pitcairn in Concert
Mar
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

Elizabeth Pitcairn in Concert

Admission: $20 General Admission, $15 Basic Members, Free for Gold and Patron Members.

Tickets available beginning March 1. To purchase tickets through March 17, visit the Museum or call 267.502.2990. After March 17 tickets will be sold only at the door, beginning at 2:30 pm on Sunday, March 20.

Reserved seats for Patron Members only: contact 267.502.2990 or info@glencairnmuseum.org to reserve seats.

The celebrated American violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn returns to Glencairn Museum, this year with pianist Louise Thomas. Elizabeth will play the famous Stradivarius for this program and will be signing copies of The Red Violin DVD and various CD recordings, which will be available for purchase.

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Members-Only Coffee and Stained Glass Tours
Mar
12
10:00am10:00am

Members-Only Coffee and Stained Glass Tours

Free admission. Reservations recommended: 267.502.2970 or peter.childs@glencairnmuseum.org

Join us for in-depth tours of the symbolism and stories illustrated in Glencairn Museum’s medieval stained-glass collection. You will see illustrations of familiar stories from the Bible as well as stories of saints and miracles. Some stories are glorious and some are gruesome. Come take this in-depth tour and judge for yourself! All attendees can enter a raffle for the grand prize of a lunch for four in the tower! (Tower lunch scheduled for a mutually agreed upon date. Must be present to win.) Enjoy tea, coffee and light refreshments throughout the morning. There will be a brief welcome by Brian Henderson at 10:30 am followed by stained glass tours.

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Les Canards Chantants and ACRONYM | Servo d'Armore
Feb
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Les Canards Chantants and ACRONYM | Servo d'Armore

8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30)

Admission: $20 General Admission, $15 Basic Members, Free for Gold and Patron Members. Patron Members: contact Peter Childs at 267.502.2970 or peter.childs@glencairnmuseum.org to reserve seats.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, solo-voice ensemble Les Canards Chantants joins forces with critically-acclaimed Baroque string band ACRONYM to offer a rich and romantic program of chamber music by Giovanni Valentini (c1582–1649), who was once Kapell-meister of the Holy Roman Empire. The concert will include large-ensemble sonatas performed by ACRONYM on period Baroque instruments, and a selection of Valentini's madrigals for voices and instruments, originally published in 1616. With their passionate poetry, intensely lush harmonies (imagine Monteverdi and Gesualdo had a lovechild), infectious rhythms and extravagant instrumentation (one includes parts for 6 singers, continuo, violone, violin, and three - count them - three violas!), these madrigals will envelope you in the extremes of renaissance color, emotion and virtuosity. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear this incredible music performed live for the first time in four hundred years.

lescanardschantants.com
www.acronymensemble.com

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Glencairn Christmas Sing Concert 2015
Dec
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Glencairn Christmas Sing Concert 2015

8:00 PM (doors open at 7:15)

Admission: $10 general admission, FREE for Museum members. No advance ticket sales.

Reserved seating for Gold members only. Reservations required by Monday, December 14. Contact Peter Childs at 267.502.2970 or peter.childs@glencairnmuseum.org to reserve your seats. Reservations accepted beginning November 1, 2015.

Seating capacity: 225.

Join us as the Museum continues a Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family tradition and hosts the “Glencairn Sing,” a Christmas concert open to the public. The program will feature the “Glencairn Horns,” composed of current and former members of the Philadelphia Orchestra (David Bilger, trumpet; Blair Bollinger, bass trombone; Eric Carlson, trombone; Randy Gardner, horn; Daniel Williams, horn). Readings from the Christmas story and audience caroling will be interspersed throughout the program.

Image: At the 1951 Christmas Sing Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn received a silver bowl as a Christmas gift from the Bryn Athyn congregation, thanking them for their many contributions to the community. The symbols on the bowl include representations of their support of the Bryn Athyn church and school, hospitality, patronage of music and dedication to home and family. © Glencairn Museum

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Homeschool Days | Christmas in the Castle 2015
Dec
8
to Dec 10

Homeschool Days | Christmas in the Castle 2015

Tuesday and Thursday, December 8 and 10, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Admission: $3 per person, children 3 and under free. Tour reservations required. Contact Christine McDonald at christine.mcdonald@glencairnmuseum.org or 267.502.2995 to book your spot.

Come to Glencairn Museum for a special program for home school groups. Great for all ages!

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