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holidaze with the philadelphia live arts staff

Posted December 23rd, 2010

In only hours, we will be departing the Festival offices to go our various ways for the remaining days of 2010. Here’s what we’re going to be up to…

Pia: I am going to channel Garfield. I’m going to nap, eat candy, and push Odie off the table.

Dan: Every Christmas Eve, the earth’s rotation is offset ever so slightly. This minor planetary disturbance is a direct result of the unnatural gathering of tens of thousands of Comly’s in one location – a small home in Drexel Hill. My extended family is so huge and this is the only time of year that I see many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Needless to say the laws of nature are against us. Nevertheless we make the trek from afar, year after year, like magi on camels, as if a star hung over that house in Drexel Hill. And of course, Santa – who, as it turns out, does some plumbing work in the off-season – somehow crams his chubby and plump, bowl-full-of-jelly belly in through the mob of relatives to make an entrance.

Carolyn: I will be enjoying traditional feasting with family on Christmas Day, more traditional feasting with friends the day after, then probably some non-traditional eating and drinking in New York after that…………Don’t know yet about New Year’s Eve…..too far away.

Anneliese: I will be home in Bloomington, Indiana with family, board games, old friends and lots and lots of chilling.

Robin: I will be traveling with my husband Peter Foreman-Murray and mt sister-in-law Erin Foreman-Murray (A choreographer who is normally based in Philadelphia, but who is visiting from her current residence of Salzburg, Austria where she’s attending SEAD) to celebrate the Christmas holiday with the Foreman family and the Murray family in Mansfield, PA. Located in Tioga County, Mansfield boasts a university, and was the site of the first night football game on September 28, 1892. Christmases have recently been marked by the over consumption of $3 pints of Mad Elf at the local pub Changos. These feel like a ridiculous bargain because the drink is usually served in a tiny glass for $8 here in Philadelphia. The next morning however, these are rarely deemed to have actually been an advantageous purchase.

Julia: I am spending the holidays with my partner, Kevin and our four cats. I will also be traveling home for a few days to Asheville, NC to see my parents and sister who is back in the USA for the first time since leaving for Paraguay with the Peace Corps. I am looking forward to plenty of rest and renewal as well as enjoying all of my family’s holiday traditions. I wish the entire Live Arts and Philly Fringe community a wonderful holiday season and all the best in 2011!

Nick: I am cooking four huge meals, and building an ice rink in the backyard.

Laura: I will be leaving Philadelphia before the sun comes up on Thursday to begin my trip to the tiny town in Iowa where I grew up. I am looking forward to spending the Christmas holiday with my parents, my brother, and the family’s two new kittens. I would appreciate good weather thoughts being sent my way as I come home to Philly on Sunday. I will also be spending part of my holiday time working in the box office for Theatre Horizon in Norristown as they continue their run of The Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show, featuring Festival favorites The Berzerker Residents. Stay warm and happy holidays!

Melissa: I will be spending the holidays in Delaware with my sister and my favorite niece and nephew. My parents will be joining them from Rhode Island. I am looking forward to lots of rest, relaxation, celebrating, eating, and most importantly, football. I wish everyone in the Live Arts and Philly Fringe community a safe and happy holiday season and all the best in the New Year.

Craig: I will be at home for the holidays with the girls and the grandparents. Santa’s on his way. Then it’s off to Miami. I will be ringing in the New Year celebrating my brother’s wedding on the beach! Sun, sun here we come!

Jennifer: Happy Holidays all! I am looking forward to long dog walks, cooking soup, and lots of wedding planning(!) with several family events near and far, I am fortunate to celebrate the seasons with my loved ones. Wishing you all a wonderful 2011!

Molly: I will leave for my hometown of Sergeantsville, New Jersey on Christmas Eve to arrive just in time for the 2nd annual game of Apples to Apples at the home of a family friend in Newtown, PA. On Christmas Day, like many Jews, my family is going to the movies and eating Chinese food. Then, it is time to start packing for a trip to Kerala, India. I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!