Philadelphia's most elegant and distinctive holiday tradition welcomes the new millennium with "Holidays Remembered," the Park House Holiday Tours for 1999. Presented by the Park House Guides of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, "Holidays Remembered" will be on view from Friday, December 3, through Wednesday, December 8. Seven Fairmount Park Houses, as well as the Horticulture Center, will be open for general admission from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, and will be specially decorated by area garden clubs to celebrate the following festive themes:
Daytime general admission tickets for Self-Guided Tours are $17.00 for adults, $5.00 for children under 12, and can be purchased at Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Strawberry Mansion, Cedar Grove, the Horticulture Center, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. General admission tickets may also be purchased in advance at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or by calling (215) 235-SHOW.
Trolley Tours depart from the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and from the Horticulture Center every fifteen minutes. Lunch is available at the Horticulture Center for an additional cost. $22 admission includes trolley fare. Tickets with trolley transportation are valid for date of purchase only. For additional trolley information, call (215) 925-TOUR.
Romantic Candlelight Evenings, featuring three of the Park Houses decorated and lighted as they were in the 18th- and 19th-centuries, will be offered on December 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7, beginning at 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. (lasting 2 ½ hours each). Trolleys will depart from the Horticulture Center, and wine and a light supper will be served. Tickets are $38.00 per person. Reservations are required; call (215) 235-SHOW for reservations. Please note: Candlelight Evening tickets are valid for admission to the remaining 4 houses through December 8 (second-day admission does not include trolley service).
Fans of American art are also invited to visit Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758, the first comprehensive examination of creative developments in Philadelphia and the surrounding Colony of Pennsylvania (which included portions of present-day Delaware and New Jersey) during the early colonial and pre-Revolutionary periods. On view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from October 10, 1999, through January 2, 2000, Worldly Goods highlights some 500 fine examples of furniture, textiles, silver, metalwork, ceramics, prints, maps, books and paintings.
This year's Holiday Tours are made possible in part by Twinings Tea, Walkers Shortbread, and Jimmy Duffy & Sons, Inc.