Winter events exposé


As we return from Thanksgiving break, re-energized and ready to enter the final stretch of the semester, concerts and other winter activities such as the annual MistleToast will keep us motivated and entertained.

Today, the 31st annual MistleToast will take place in Marshall Hall.  Students will gather to celebrate the beginning of December with free hot cocoa, Puget Sound Jazz Band and Garden Level performances, horse carriage rides, pictures with Santa, and swing dancing.

There will be several holiday concerts on campus as well.  The Adelphian Choir will have their holiday concert, titled “A Rose in Winter: Holiday Songs from the Natural World,” on December 4 at 7:30 pm and December 5 at 2:00 pm in Kilworth Memorial Chapel.  On December 7 at 7:30 pm, the Dorian Singers and the Chorale will perform at their concert titled “A Glimpse of Snow” in Kilworth.

Three events of religious nature have been planned.  On December 2, Chanakah was celebrated in the Rotunda with latkes, dreidels, and menorahs.  The Kwanzaa celebration will be in the Rotunda on December 5 and seeks to educate people about the holiday “speech, music, remembrance, and celebration,” according to the Puget Sound website.  The Festival of Lessons and Carols has been planned for December 5 and will feature anthems sung by the Adelphians, Christian scripture reading, and Christmas carols.  Donations of canned food will be collected and given to a local food bank.  This event will be in Kilworth.  Last month, the SSSJ sponsored the New Light celebration, which featured door prizes, food, and information about various winter holidays from different faiths.  Students were encouraged to prepare a short speech about a holiday they celebrated.

Of course, there are a multitude of off-campus winter events that students, faculty, and staff can participate in.  An annual favorite is Zoolights, which is at Point Defiance Zoo.  The zoo will be decked out with 500,000 lights and other holiday decorations.  Zoolights will be open each night until January 2, with the exception of December 24.  At the Seattle Center, Winterfest will be taking place until December 31.  This event will feature an ice skating rink, Christmas caroling, and entertainment provided by groups such as the Microsoft Orchestra, the Seattle Youth Symphony Chorus, and Kletz Katz, which performs Yiddish songs.

Enjoy these events and the last few weeks of school! Happy holidays!