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Winter Happening Will Be Saturday, Jan. 27

Posted January 8, 2001

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HOLLAND -- The ancient art of parchment making, hearing loss and the Sydney Olympics are among the topics being featured during the annual Hope College Winter Happening on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Winter Happening will feature six seminars, a luncheon with musical entertainment, a home men's basketball game, a dance concert and an art exhibition. The event is sponsored by the college's Alumni Association, and is open to the general public.

Admission to the seminars and the exhibition is free.

The seminars "A Dream Realized," "The Parchment Makers: Sustaining Christianity Past and Present," and "A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss" will be presented concurrently at 9:30 a.m. "The Best Olympic Games Ever!," "The Life and Lyrics of Charles Wesley," and "King Kong to Kensington" will be presented at 11 a.m.

"A Dream Realized" will feature the college's new studio organ, installed during the summer of 2000. The illustrated talk will review the on-site installation and include a demonstration of the instrument. The seminar will be presented by Dr. Huw Lewis, who is professor of music and college organist.

"The Parchment Makers: Sustaining Christianity Past and Present" will explore the ancient art of parchment making, which survives in present-day Ethiopia. The seminar will be led by Dr. Neal Sobania, who is professor of history and director of international education, and will feature a video co-directed by Sobania and produced in cooperation with the Scriptorium of Grand Haven.

"A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss" will offer insights into the world of the hard-of-hearing, with stories of frustration, humor and hope. The presentation will be by Dr. David Myers, who is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology and is author of a book on the topic chronicling his own and his mother's experiences with hearing loss.

"The Best Olympic Games Ever!" will offer eyewitness reflections by Karla Wolters, associate professor of kinesiology, who attended the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Wolters' interests include the history of sports, particularly the history of the Olympics and women in sports.

"The Life and Lyrics of Charles Wesley" will consider the hymns and poems written by Wesley, who co- founded Methodism with his brother John. The seminar will include historical narrative, group singing, and vocal and piano solos in considering Wesley's work. by Dr. George Kraft, professor of kinesiology and chair of the department, and Roberta Kraft, adjunct assistant professor of music.

"King Kong to Kensington" will offer insights into how an artist chooses medium, technique and imagery. The presentation will be by Bruce McCombs, professor of art, who after a quarter century of working almost exclusively on large-format, black-and-white etchings switched in 1991 to producing site-specific, photorealist watercolor paintings.

The luncheon, which will feature entertainment by student musicians, will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center ballroom and costs $9 per person. Reservations for the luncheon are required.

The men's basketball team will host Kalamazoo College at 3 p.m. in the Holland Civic Center. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students, and a limited number of general admission tickets will be available for persons attending other Winter Happening events.

An on-going exhibition of work completed by Professor Bill Mayer of the Hope art faculty during his recent sabbatical will continue in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

InSync Dance Theatre will perform on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27, at 8 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre. Tickets will be available at the door, and cost $6 for regular adult admission and $4 for students and senior citizens. Admission is free for children under 12.

In addition to being required for the luncheon, advanced registration is recommended for the seminars. For additional information, please call the college's Office of Public and Alumni Relations at (616) 395-7860.

Registration during the morning of the event will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center.

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