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Fall 2022

Registration for the fall semester took place from July 6 to 20, however there are still openings for some of the classes. Contact Maribeth Benner, Living U Coordinator, at 215-368-4438 extension 44204, if you would like to register.

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LB01 Sync: The Synchronized Behaviors of Humans, Fireflies, and Atoms

Dock Woods - Chapel and Zoom 275 Dock Drive, Lansdale, PA

"The moon spins in perfect resonance with its orbit around Earth; millions of neurons fire together to control our breathing; every night along the tidal rivers of Malaysia, thousands of fireflies flash in silent, hypnotic unison. All of these astonishing feats of synchrony occur spontaneously - as if the universe had an overwhelming desire for order" (from the dust jacket of Steven Strogatz's book Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order). In this class we will discuss some of these examples of synchronized behaviors and try to understand how they arise spontaneously. About the instructor: Dr. John Tyson. Before retiring to Dock Woods with his wife, Linda, John Tyson was a university distinguished professor of biological sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. John earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from Wheaton College in 1969 and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Chicago in 1973. As a graduate student, John began his transition from chemical physics to theoretical biology because many open problems in molecular cell biology caught his attention. After postdoctoral studies in biophysical chemistry and cell biology in Germany and Austria, John and Linda moved back to Blacksburg in 1979, where they raised their four children. At Dock Woods, John continues to write scientific papers with his colleagues at Virginia Tech and other universities in the U.S. and Europe.

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LB02 Drawing Techniques

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Pavilion 207 W Summit St., Souderton, PA

The first session of this course will be held on Wednesday, September 7, with a second session following on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Join us for this hands-on two session course where we will learn principles and elements of art. We will have opportunities to draw from observation, draft, and create a composition. Please bring items to use such as flowers, fruit, or any other objects that you would like to draw. Please note: This course has a supply cost of $10.00 which includes drawing pencils of various values and thicknesses, paper, and sharpeners. The class has a maximum enrollment of 18 persons. About the instructor: Laurie Martin. Laurie Martin has been teaching art for 53 years in the Philadelphia School District to students of all ages. She also has experience in teaching classes at the collegiate level. Laurie considers herself a "printmaker" and is currently on scholarship at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

LB03 An Adoptee’s View of Korea

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

In this dynamic presentation, you will hear from an adoptee who returned to Korea for the first time. We will learn about Korean culture and about the instructor's reunification with her birth parents. About the instructor: Jenna Antoniewicz. Jenna Antoniewicz was born in Seoul, South Korea. She was adopted when she was 11 months old, and was welcomed into the U.S. at JFK International Airport by her parents and older brother in 1984. She grew up in rural Bucks County and is now the mayor of Royersford borough in Montgomery County. Jenna earned her B.A. in creative writing with a minor in diversity studies at Susquehanna University. She later earned an M.S. in education with an emphasis in college student personnel administration from Bucknell University. She is a fierce advocate for social justice issues and formerly served in higher education administration in the areas of student life and advancement.

LB04 Biblical Malpractice

Dock Woods - Chapel and Zoom 275 Dock Drive, Lansdale, PA

This lecture will deal with how the Biblical text and its meaning is all too often misunderstood because it is either wittingly or unwittingly misinterpreted by ignoring such matters as historical situation, cultural context, and the meaning of words in the original Hebrew or Greek text. The focus will be on how such "malpractice" in Biblical interpretation often has significant consequences in humans' lives and relationships. About the instructor: Dr. Manfred Brauch. In 2004 Dr. Manfred Brauch retired from Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. Over the course of 26 years, he served in several positions as academic dean, professor of Biblical theology, and president. Dr. Brauch is the author of numerous essays in both popular and academic Christian journals, as well as several  books including Set Free to Be: A Study in Romans, Hard Sayings of Paul, and Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible. Throughout his retirement, Manfred and his late wife, Marjean, engaged in both long and short-term volunteer work in medical mission and theological/Biblical education in Thailand, Chile, Russia, New Zealand, Honduras, and Cameroon.

LB05 The Five B’s – Bach, Beethoven, Bruch, Bizet, and Berlioz

Dock Woods - Chapel and Zoom 275 Dock Drive, Lansdale, PA

Please join principal players of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra as we introduce music from the upcoming 2022-2023 season. Enjoy the reverence of Bach's sacred compositions, Bizet's intoxicating "Carmen," Berlioz's tribute to unrequited love, and much more! Live chamber music performances along with anecdotes and stories about the composers and their music will keep you entertained and informed. Each class member will receive a complimentary concert ticket, and discounted season tickets will also be available for purchase. About the instructors: Nancy Franchetti, Emily Gulglielmi, Jane Nechin, and Hannah Richards. Nancy Franchetti (cello) attended Temple University's College of Music. Nancy taught strings in the Philadelphia Archdiocese for 41 years and has been teaching privately for over 30 years. She has played in numerous ensembles, including serving as principal cellist in a local orchestra. She also performs as a freelance cellist in the greater Philadelphia area. Emily Gulglielmi (principal second violin) attended Philadelphia Music Academy (now The University of Arts). She taught strings in both the Centennial and Upper Dublin school districts, and currently teaches privately and as a faculty member of the Ambler School of Music. Jane Nechin (principal flute) graduated from West Chester University and teaches music in the Abington School District, where she has received commendations from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association for excellence in music education. She is also a principal flute with Orchestra Society of Philadelphia and directs the Chancel choir and Herald Ringers at Sanctuary Church in North Wales. Hannah Richards (viola) graduated with degrees in viola performance and music business from the Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford. Hannah has performed extensively with The Divine Hand Ensemble, Lehigh University Orchestra, and is a founding member of Table for 26th. Hannah maintains an active private studio through ArcoNet in North Wales and Clemmer in Souderton.

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LB06 Lives Dismantled in a Church Dismantled

Virtual - Zoom

The first session of this course will take place on Tuesday, September 20, with a second session following on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. In these two sessions, instructor Dr. Conrad Kanagy will introduce his work over the past two years, in which he argues that God is "dismantling the church" as we have created it because God wishes to renovate the church on the road to the restoration of Eden, or God's kingdom. Conrad identifies with this dismantling in a deeply personal way, as he describes the rigid religious context of Big Valley, PA, in which he grew up, his various crises of faith, and most recently a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. Important Biblical texts in his writing are Isaiah 40 and Psalm 46, which point to the fact that all dismantling is held within the safety and security of God's sovereignty, and that if we yield to the Spirit's work, we will always find our way home. About the instructor: Dr. Conrad Kanagy Conrad L. Kanagy is a retired Mennonite pastor, a professor of sociology at Elizabethtown College where he is approaching his 30th year, a church consultant, author book series: A Church Dismantled - A Kingdom Restored, and a current biographer of the theologian Walter Brueggemann. He lives with his wife, Heidi, in Elizabethtown, PA.

LB07 The Universe and the Cell: An Amazing Look at Each

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

Can you recall a time on a clear, moonless night when you looked up to the heavens and witnessed a blanket of stars? In this course we are going to consider this awesome universe: the planets, stars, and galaxies. The launch of the Hubble and James Webb telescopes have given us views of the heavens that until now were impossible to see. Through photographs sent from these telescopes, we can view the beauty and majesty of the heavens. We will also consider the smallest unit that can live on its own. This unit makes up all living organisms and the tissues of the body: the cell. Our human body is composed of trillions of cells. These cells take in nutrients from food, convert these nutrients into energy, and carry out specialized functions. We will look at the basic science of cells and the beautiful expanse of the heavens. About the instructor: John Rowe. John Rowe grew up in Mount Carmel, PA, and graduated from Mansfield University with a degree in mathematics education. He then went on to earn a master's degree from West Chester University. He taught math in the Indian Valley and Indian Crest middle schools of the Souderton Area School District for 40 years. He currently volunteers for the Souderton Area track team, on the Living U curriculum council, and in a variety of other ways at Souderton Mennonite Homes, where he and his wife, Betsy, have lived since 2016.

LB08 Chanticleer Garden Tour

Chanticleer Garden 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA

Join a knowledgeable Chanticleer tour guide for a 90-minute walking tour featuring garden history, seasonal highlights, and a tour of the first floor of the Chanticleer house. Chanticleer is a 35-acre pleasure garden, where gardeners lead the design and the garden is a study of texture, form, and color. It is recommended that you dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle and camera with you. Please note: This tour has a maximum enrollment of 30 persons - 20 of whom can ride the shuttle from any one of the Living Branches campuses to and from Chanticleer. The cost for the tour and shuttle is $32.00; the cost for the tour only is $22.00 per person. Chanticleer is located at 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA. Please bring along a packed lunch, which you can enjoy at one of the picnic tables or in the greenhouse on the Chanticleer grounds. We will have extra time until 2:00 p.m. to enjoy the grounds before departing home. This tour will happen rain or shine.

LB09 Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Needed Now More Than Ever

Dock Woods - Chapel and Zoom 275 Dock Drive, Lansdale, PA

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been in existence for around 168 years providing higher education opportunities to African American students and others who had long been denied entry to Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). In this session we will learn about the history of HBCUs and about the history of Lincoln University. We will compare and contrast the ideology, mission, and circumstances of southern and northern HBCUs and PWIs. We will look at successes and challenges facing the HBCUs of today. About the instructor: Dr. James DeBoy. James DeBoy (Ph.D., University of Delaware, M.S., Springfield College, B.S., Ursinus College) served 44 years at Lincoln University as a professor of health and physical education, therapeutic recreation, and health science. He was a department chair for 22 of those years. Dr. DeBoy has delivered professional papers at national and international conferences and has published academic journals on the topics of human cognition and metacognition, obesity prevention, assessments of student learning, and faculty governance in higher education. Since retiring in 2019, he splits his time between southwest Florida and the Jersey Shore, where he enjoys playing pickle ball, golfing, kayaking, bicycling, fishing, reading, traveling, and penning letters to the editor.

LB10 Mindfulness, Creativity, and Movement

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

*ACTIVE AGING WEEK* Using a multisensorimotor approach, instructor Dr. Minjung Shim will invite participants to engage in mindful exploration of one's creativity and self-expression. The class will include music, visual art-making, and gentle dance/movement activities. About the instructor: Dr. Minjung Shim. Minjung Shim, Ph.D., BC-DMT, is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and assistant professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University. Minjung has professional training as a ballet dancer and in dance/movement therapy (DMT). As a DMT clinician, she has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals across the life span in both medical and behavioral health sectors. Minjung's education and training in research includes obtaining a Ph.D. in creative arts therapies at Drexel University and fulfilling a postdoctoral training in mind-body medicine at Stony Brook University. Her clinical and research interests center on the integration of body and mind with creative arts-based interventions into the mainstream health care system by means of rigorous, evidence-based research and clinical application of this work.

LB11 Temporal Hygiene: Timing Really Is Everything

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

*ACTIVE AGING WEEK* This course introduces participants to the applications of biological and circadian rhythms in one's health and well-being. Topics will range from the benefits of maintaining a regular schedule to applications of music and rhythmic stimulation in the treatment of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. The instructor will present practical advice for maintaining good temporal hygiene, as well as tips for discussing rhythms with health care providers. About the instructor: Dr. Donald McEachron. Donald McEachron serves as a teaching professor and as the coordinator for academic assessment and quality improvement at Drexel University's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems. He earned a B.A. in behavioral genetics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego. In 2006 he completed an M.S. in information science at Drexel. He has worked extensively in the areas of imaging, editing three monographs on imaging applications in biomedicine. His primary biomedical research has focused on chronobiology, biological rhythms, and human performance engineering. In association with architects and engineers, Dr. McEachron works in the field of indoor ecology, where he examines how built environments influence human physiology and behavior.

LB12 Research Update Regarding Resilience and the Benefits of Exercise

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

*ACTIVE AGING WEEK* This course will explore how non-pharmacologic strategies including exercise, nutrition, and cognitive stimulation are important for healthy aging. We will look at how these strategies, focusing particularly on exercise, benefit physical and psychological well-being. Join us to hear about the outcomes of an exercise study conducted in 2020 and about the results of the resilience study and impact of Covid at Living Branches from 2021. We will compare what worked with what didn't, and share recommendations regarding resilience. About the instructor: Dr. Kathleen Fisher. Kathleen is a nurse education and researcher from Drexel University. As a nurse and nurse practitioner, she has enjoyed working with many different groups of people including Native Americans in Alaska and on the Hopi reservation; with migrant farmworkers from the Eastern shore of Maryland; and in many underserved communities, e.g. people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those experiencing homelessness. Dr. Fisher has collaborated with Drexel University and Living Branches in dementia care strategy programming since 2017. She enjoys using a "transformative, participatory action research approach" meaning that she likes empowering residents and staff on concerns that they would like to work on.

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LB13 The Arab-Israeli Dilemma: Post World War I to the Present

Dock Woods 275 Dock Drive, Lansdale, PA

This a five session course that will begin on Tuesday, October 11 in Fisher Auditorium. Session two will be held on Thursday, October 20 (Chapel); session three on Tuesday, October 25 (Chapel); session four on Tuesday, November 1 (Chapel); and session five on Thursday, November 11 (Fisher Auditorium). No issue has dominated the world's attention over the last 70 years more than the Arab/Israeli dilemma. This five-session course will examine the post-World War I political processes that have led to the current volatility between the Arab and Israeli cultures. The impacts of colonialism, national aspirations, cultural memory, genocide, political maneuvering, security, justice, and stereotyping all come into play. This study emphasizes the growing insolvability of a multi-decade crisis that continues to increase the number of issues in dispute. Layering of new problems decreases the likelihood of a solution because the layers obscure the sources of the dilemma. Please note: This course is offered through our collaboration with Widener University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. There is an extra Widener course registration cost of $30.00 per person. Prior participation in the Arab/Israeli Dilemma Part 1 course offered in the fall of 2021 is not necessary to attend this class.  About the instructor: Jeff Heim. Jeff Heim teaches lifelong learning courses at Widener University and Immaculata University, along with other local organizations. He earned his B.S. in secondary education and M.A. in British colonial history with an emphasis on India from Temple University. For 37 years he taught high school students in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Recognizing his work and study with Arabic novels, India, and a Middle East Conference for teachers, he has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Program, and the Annenberg Foundation.

LB14 Benefits of Native Plants

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

Who doesn't love to see birds and butterflies visiting our gardens? Learn why it's important to include native plants in your garden, and how these plants help birds, bees, and other insects thrive. We will discuss the many native plant species and options for our gardens, along with their importance to our environment. About the instructor: Marie Meiklejohn. Marie Meiklejohn works at Floral and Hardy in Skippack. She assists customers with plant selections, garden coaching, and container designs. She also leads talks on various garden topics. Previously Marie owned Marie's Garden, a seasonal plant nursery, for 15 years. Marie studied horticulture at Temple University, Delaware Valley University, and Longwood Gardens. She has received a certificate of merit in ornamental horticulture from Longwood Gardens and a certificate in horticultural therapy from Delaware Valley University.

LB15 Philadelphia Red-Tailed Hawks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

Pamela will present her brand new program "Philadelphia Red-Tailed Hawks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 2009 - 2019." She will share many interesting facts about this incredible bird of prey and present the dramatic saga of a female red-tailed hawk named Mom, her four mates, and 25 offspring over the course of a 10-year period. All of this took place in Philadelphia, and began in a nest on a window ledge of the Franklin Institute Museum of Science. This story is filled with love, excitement, laughter, adventure, and heartache. Pam will share photographs and videos featuring this famous urban red-tailed hawk family. About the instructor: Pamela Dimeler. Pamela Dimeler is the director and founder of the Parkside Academy of Music and Dance in the Delaware County borough of Parkside, where she has spent 35 years teaching music and dance to children of all ages. She is also a photographer and nature enthusiast, and has been observing and documenting a pair of great horned owls and other wildlife since 2012. Pam's other interests include instructing senior fitness classes at the Rocky Run YMCA and playing the Celtic harp in the Brandywine Harp Orchestra. Pam resides in Delaware County with her husband, Scott.

LB16 An Honest and Industrious People: Life and Times of Isaiah Tyson and Susan Moyer Alderfer

Dock Woods - Fisher Auditorium 275 Dock Dr, Lansdale, PA

This program reflects upon the changing times of a Harleysville couple whose lives spanned the 20th century. Isaiah and Susan Landes established a plumbing company just as the Great Depression of the 1920s - 30s began. Their family business, IT Landes, Inc., has now grown into a multi-million dollar employee-owned corporation. While the presentation portrays a family business venture, this program primarily relates stories from their family history, as published in 2021. As a subtext the program will encourage class members to collect and share family stories of their own. About the instructor: Richard Lichty. Richard Lichty is a retired teacher and pastor who lives at Dock Woods with his wife, Mary. He is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, where he majored in history, and Eastern Baptist (now Palmer) Theological Seminary, where he earned an M.A. in religion. He taught social studies and religion at three different high schools, including 19 years at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School (now known as Dock Mennonite Academy). In his retirement he enjoys researching and writing about genealogy and family stories, volunteering at the Mennonite Heritage Center, and teaching Sunday school classes at Plains Mennonite Church.

LB17 The Chemistry of Household Products and Processes

Dock Woods - Fisher Auditorium 275 Dock Dr, Lansdale, PA

Have you ever wondered how your water softener works; what's behind the plastic abbreviations of those recycle triangles; how soaps and detergents clean; and what happens as you bake bread? This course looks at the basic chemistry behind all of these household products and related chemistry processes at a level that students will understand! There's no need to have prior knowledge of chemistry to profit from the course. We can see the creative mind of God in chemistry. God has created a marvelous universe that works according to easily understood chemical principles. This program is an eclectic look into some of the many chemical principles that we encounter daily. If you think you hate chemistry, maybe this course will change your mind! About the instructor: Tom Sanders. Tom Sanders is a resident of Dock Woods and has been a fan of science and mathematics since elementary school. He loves reading about math, physics, chemistry, and science in general. Particularly he enjoys how math and science show the glory of God and His creative power! Tom taught high school chemistry for five years at Germantown Academy. After a 33-year career as a research chemist, Tom retired from Rohm and Haas/Dow in 2011. He and his wife, Shirley, raised two sons.

LB18 Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, and Beyond: Living in the Middle East

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

Are you curious about what living in Egypt would be like for an American? Or what life was like in Kuwait directly after the liberation of that country after the Gulf War? Presenter Judy Lambert lived in the Middle East for 17 years. She will discuss history, share stories of daily life, and present artifacts and pictures. About the instructor: Judy Lambert. Judy is currently retired from 50 years in education, having first served as a history teacher and then as the admissions director of American International School in Cairo, Egypt. She has lived in the five countries and all three of her children graduated from high school overseas. She currently works part time at Souderton Mennonite Homes as a receptionist. Judy loves to share her travel adventures.

LB19 Off-Screen With Neil Armstrong

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

This presentation was initially a colloquium delivered as part of the 2014 renaming ceremony of NASA's Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. Mark Tuttle will share his off-screen insights and outtakes from the First Flights television production. The making of the TV documentary series First Flights with an internationally renowned icon presented many challenges and gave Tuttle unique insight into the world of celebrities. The presentation features still and video footage, and will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of traveling for three years with Neil Armstrong in the U.S. and then later during the First World Air games held in Turkey in 1997. About the instructor: Mark Tuttle. Mark H. Tuttle has had a long and varied career in media creation and distribution. Working closely with his wife, Donna, they dubbed and sold to television Japanese anime of classical children's stories; created and sold a worldwide network TV series with Neil Armstrong; and created shows for PBS and large-screen video art installations. Over the years they also published books and magazines for the Baptist World Alliance and many other non-profit organizations.

LB20 Immigration in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Dock Woods - Chapel and Zoom 275 Dock Drive, Lansdale, PA

Explore the cultural history of immigrants in southeastern Pennsylvania and how they impacted the growth of the region and influenced everyday life. See photos and artifacts from instructor Ryan Conroy's personal collection and archive for an exciting visual experience. About the instructor: Ryan Conroy. Ryan has volunteered with multiple local non-profit organizations and businesses in providing historical research, and has authored articles for magazines, websites, and blogs. He serves as acting president of the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society, serves on the council for Royersford borough, and served as a past president of the Historical Society of the Phoenixville area. Ryan has a history show on a local news outlet, Voxipop, called Timeless Tales. He enjoys sharing his love for history and knowledge of his favorite subjects, including local history, photography, immigration, and military history.

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LB21 Music of the Christmas Season: 2022 Edition

Dock Woods - Chapel and Zoom 275 Dock Drive, Lansdale, PA

The first session of this course will be held on Tuesday, November 29, with a second session on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. Once again we will get your holiday season off to a good start with some wonderful Christmas music! Session one on November 29 will focus on secular holiday music of the season. Session two follows just one week later, and will feature glorious and grand sacred carols that will uplift your spirits. Come join us for this annual Christmas music class, complete with new playlists for 2022! About the instructor: Jim Smith. Jim Smith was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Lansdale. He graduated from North Penn High School and earned a degree in music education form Mansfield University. Jim taught elementary vocal music at Hiram Dodd Elementary School in the Allentown School District from 1973 until his retirement in 2007. He serves as the organist at Sanctuary United Methodist Church in North Wales and occasionally plays the organ in the Dock Woods chapel. Jim and his wife, Sue, lived in Quakertown for 32 years before moving to Dock Woods in 2014.

LB22 Baseball Life

Souderton Mennonite Homes - Summit View Auditorium 207 W Summit St, Souderton, PA

In this class Erik Kratz will share about God's amazing hand in his baseball career and the interactions that he was able to have because of Him. This class will offer ample time for questions from the audience, as Erik will share about his career and life as a professional baseball player. About the instructor: Erik Kratz. Erik Kratz grew up in Telford and graduated from Christopher Dock Mennonite High School (now Dock Mennonite Academy). He is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, where earned a B.A. in business administration. Erik played 19 professional baseball seasons as a catcher. He and his wife have been married for more than 20 years and have three children. Erik's family is a part of Souderton Mennonite Church.

LB23 Brandywine River Museum Christmas Tour

Brandywine River Museum of Art 1 Hoffman Mill's Road, Chadd's Ford, PA

Come explore the enchanted world that is the Brandywine River Museum of Art during the holiday season! Our guides will lead us on a tour through the museum, showcasing the highlights of the museum's collection devoted to American art with a particular emphasis on art of the Brandywine region: landscape, still life, trompe l'oeil, illustration, and work created by three generations of the Wyeth family. We will then learn about what is known as the "holiday critters," thousands of whimsical critters displayed on towering trees that soar up through the museum's three-story atrium. We will end our tour at the O-gauge model train display; a visitor's favorite! Following our guided tour, participants will have an additional two hours to eat lunch and explore the museum before departing on the shuttle to return home. In your free time, you are welcome to explore the museum and browse the special exhibition, "Fragile Earth," which will showcase the diverse approaches taken by ecologically concerned artists of today. This was created to illustrate the powerful role artists play in advocating for environmental causes. Please note: This tour is limited to 30 persons - 20 of whom can ride the shuttle. You may order a boxed lunch at the time of Living U registration, which includes a choice of sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie, and iced tea or lemonade. You are also free to bring your own packed lunch. The cost for the tour and shuttle is $28.00; the cost of the tour is only $16.00 per person. Boxed lunches cost $12.00. The Brandywine River Museum of Art is located at 1 Hoffman Mill's Road, Chadd's Ford, PA. 

Have questions? Have an idea for a class?

Contact Maribeth Benner,
Living U coordinator, at 215-368-4438.