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


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