Not Quite Norman Rockwell:
Re-imagining the Holidays
Saturday, December 7, 2:00 to 3:30
Black Bear Crossing
Como Lakeside Pavillion
1360 Lexington Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55103
The holidays seem to arrive earlier every year, with Christmas decorations hitting the stores now before Halloween. It’s a season of giving and connection with family and friends, reflected in the media, holiday cards, decorations, parties, and traditions, as well as our own memories of times past. All these warm portrayals of the holidays can set us up with very high “Norman Rockwell” expectations of how things are “supposed to be.”
We know that for many people the reality of the holidays can be very different. That has certainly been the case for Evolve grad, Kathy Ramundt. Over the years, she has learned a think or two about making her holidays work. She will lead this EvolvingConnections Salon on how to re-imagine the holiday season.
We will have an opportunity to share our stories and generate ideas about new ways to make the holidays more satisfying. RSVP now and add this engaging discussion to your holiday plans.
EvolvingConnections hosts a number of differenct types of events. Watch for upcoming events. Here's a primer about Book & Brews and Salons:
Book & Brew
Book & Brew sessions use an innovative process called book scanning. Individuals read different sections of a book and illustrate their sections, a technique called book charting. Members then present their sections chronologically and everyone gets to get the gist with only a small investment of time. The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) originally developed book charting for communities here and abroad. It has become a way for people to connect with each other in their own environments around topics that interest them.
Susan Hawkins, a 2010 Evolve grad and chair of EvolvingConnections, and Joann Ellis, a 2008 Evolve grad, lead the Book & Brew sessions. According to Hawkins, “book scanning is both educational and social. When I find an intriguing book, I want to talk with someone about it. Book scanning provides that opportunity.”
If you would like to recommend a book for this year’s Book & Brews email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salons originated in France in the 17th and 18th century as gatherings for enlightenment. In the 90s, the Utne Reader widely promoted salons as neighborhood conversations. EvolvingConnections is now using the salon format to provide a catalyst for discussion on topics of interest in our communities. If you would like to lead a salon on a particular topic, let us know either in the comments section below or email email@example.com.