At the beginning of December, the Friends of the Idyllwild Library will sponsor two different programs attuned to the season’s celebrations. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the library’s Community Room, the annual holiday presentation by vocal group Local Color takes place. As with all previous appearances by the ensemble, a diverse program will be offered, ranging from the familiar Christmas carols to productions geared to such end-of-year festivals as Hanukkah and the winter solstice. A thoroughly enjoyable late afternoon performance is guaranteed, and audience participation is encouraged when warranted.
On the following Monday at 4 p.m., Dec. 8, also in the Community Room, Ms. Penelope Engard will give her last monthly presentation of the year, an extra-special PowerPoint historical lecture on “Christmas at the White House.” Ms. Engard promises a general, but nonetheless, comprehensive survey of such celebratory activities in the Executive Mansion during the 19th, 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries, as well as prior festive acts at such places as Mount Vernon and Monticello. Her lecture also almost certainly will include holiday recipes, taken from the many editions of White House-associated cookery.
As always, admission for both of these events is free of charge, and various light refreshments will be made available. Donations are also encouraged (particularly for the Local Color event), and forms for joining the Friends also will be present. Join us and get in the general holiday spirit so unique to the Hill community.