Sunday, December 4th, 2011, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Middletown, NJ – On Sunday, December 4th, 2011 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. the Middletown Arts Center (MAC), located on 36 Church Street in Middletown, NJ, will host its “Holiday Extravaganza”. The day’s FREE art activities and entertainment will be enjoyed by hundreds of local families and features New Jersey’s only TubaChristmas performance, an art exhibition, tree lighting, visit from Santa, carols, children’s crafts, cartooning, and a 50/50 raffle. Funded and managed by the Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council, a volunteer non-profit organization established in 2001 to promote the arts throughout Middletown, the Middletown Arts Center offers affordable classes and free programming and events to more than 40,000 visitors annually.
“Let it Snow!” Kicks off “Holiday Extravaganza”, Opening Reception, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
The “Holiday Extravaganza” will kick off at 4:00 p.m. in the Middletown Arts Center’s gallery with the opening reception of “Let it Snow”, a free exhibition featuring artwork with a snow-related theme by artists from across the region. The exhibit is open to the public: Monday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday by appointment. “Let it Snow” will be on view through January 6th, 2012 and may be extended past the closing date.
Deck the Halls with FREE Art Activities and Entertainment, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
The "Holiday Extravaganza" will begin at 5:00 p.m. with traditional holiday songs performed by TubaChristmas, an exciting ensemble of tuba and euphonium players from across the community. The MAC’s TubaChristmas performance, conducted by Joseph Lawlor, is New Jersey’s only TubaChristmas event and one of over 200 concerts across the country. The event is a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day 1902. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages are invited to perform in TubaChristmas.
Following TubaChristmas, guests will enjoy caroling and Middletown’s traditional tree lighting on the MAC grounds. During the tree lighting, Santa will arrive by fire truck, and then proceed to his secret workshop in the MAC where he will pose for pictures with the children. Parents are requested to bring their own cameras, as a photographer will not be present to take photos. Guests will also enjoy a tap performance by Miss Deena and the MACettes in the theatre and cartooning fun with the Doodle Dude. Tickets to the Middletown Arts Center’s super 50/50 raffle fundraiser will be on sale throughout the evening. Jolly Santa himself will pull the winning ticket at the end of the evening. The winner need not be present to receive his or her winnings.
“The Middletown Arts Center is honored to host Middletown’s annual “Holiday Extravaganza”. The event has become a holiday tradition for hundreds of local families. Meet our talented instructors and enjoy an exciting day of free art activities and entertainment,” said Maggie O’Brien, Executive Director.
Visit www.middletownarts.org or call 732-706-4100 for more information on the “Holiday Extravaganza”.