News Release, Smithsonian Institutes

The December issue of the Smithsonian Associates program guide features a variety of educational and cultural programs, including seminars, lectures, studio art classes, performances for adults and children and local and regional study tours. Highlights this month include:

The Sound of Music at 60: The Musical That’s One of Our Favorite Things
Thursday, Dec. 5; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center

Since 1959, people’s hearts have been alive with the songs and the story of one of the most enduring musicals of all time, The Sound of Music. American music specialist Robert Wyatt showcases the making of the stage and screen versions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved work.

Vital Voices: Endangered Languages in a Changing World
Tuesday, Dec. 10; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center

Mary Linn, the curator of cultural and linguistic revitalization for the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, examines the critical importance of maintaining language diversity, the forces that threaten to silence endangered languages and the efforts to combat them.

Putting It All On the Table: Women On Food
Wednesday, Dec. 11; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center

For her new book Women on Food, editor Charlotte Druckman surveyed esteemed food journalists, chefs, critics, and thinkers to listen to a diverse range of female voices in the food industry today. In conversation with chef and television personality Carla Hall, Druckman discusses some of the wide range of issues on which these industry professionals weighed in like the #MeToo movement, gender, and racial bias, underrepresentation of women of color, writing cookbooks and mastering failure.

Wreath-Making with Smithsonian Gardens
Monday, Dec. 16, or Tuesday, Dec. 17; 10 a.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center

Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist Christine Price-Abelow teaches participants how to make a truly spectacular holiday wreath, including fresh mixed evergreens, winterberry, and holly, along with a wide assortment of natural and fanciful man-made holiday accents and decorative ribbon. Light holiday refreshments and all materials are provided.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...