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Fall Community Day 2019

Travel the Silk Road Fall Community Day 2019 logo

Sunday, November 3, 2019
Free admission

The stories and cultures of the ancient trade routes connecting the Far East to Europe will come to vivid life during “Travel the Silk Road.” This popular fall event—held in partnership with the India Society of Worcester and the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts—will include music and dance performances from India; Chinese fan, origami cranes, and sand art activities; story time; a Passport Discovery Activity exploring art from the Middle and Far East; and more. Activities and programs for the whole family are listed below.

Download the full schedule (PDF 768KB)

A girl lighting clay Diwali lamps A colorful Diwali dance performance by women in traditional Indian dress A boy making origami Making Rangoli sand art with a stencil
  • Lighting of clay Diwali lamps
    by the India Society of Worcester

    Renaissance Court, 10:30am
    Diwali is India's most celebrated national holiday and displays of light heralding the embrace of knowledge over ignorance, of light over darkness.
  • Music and Dance Performances
    in the Renaissance Court
    • The India Society of Worcester
    • Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts
  • Drop-in art-making
    • Japanese origami cranes
      10am-12:30pm and 1-3:30pm
    • Chinese fans
      10am-12pm and 12:30-3:30pm
    • Indian Rangoli designs (sand art)
      10am-1pm and 1:30-3:30pm
  • Story Time
    11am and 1pm
    Gather in the Museum Library for a Silk Road story and stone art activity.
  • Passport Discovery Activity
    Pick up a passport at the Membership Table in the Lancaster Lobby and get stamps as you follow the Silk Road through the Museum's galleries.
  • “Picture Yourself on the Silk Road”
    Selfie station in the Lancaster Lobby.
  • Food and Snacks
    Available for purchase from the Grub Guru Food Truck (11am-3pm), featuring Asian Fusion Street Food, and the Museum's Sip Cart (10am-3pm).
    Please note the Museum Café will not be open for service on this day, but will be available as a dining space.

Special Workshops (Fee-based)

  • ROAR! Lion Masks 5-12 years
    with Sue Slepetz
    Join in the fun and create a lion mask inspired by the traditional ones used in the Chinese Lion Dance! Using brightly colored paint, lace, feathers, fabric, and more you will create your own wearable art. All materials included.
    $27.00 per person. Registration required—space is limited.
    Register online, by phone (508.793.4333), or in person in the Higgins Education Wing.
  • Bonsai Tree Sculpture
    with Christopher Khounbanam
    Using copper wire, glass beads, and natural materials create a small sculpture of a bonsai tree. Learn about the traditional practice of bonsai tree and transfer the aesthetic approach to sculpture. Teens and adults welcome – no experience necessary. All materials included.
    $35.00 per person. Registration required—space is limited.
    Register online, by phone (508.793.4333), or in person in the Higgins Education Wing.

Download the full schedule (PDF 768KB)


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