Non-shopping fun for Thanksgiving Weekend

In addition to walking in the woods for some quiet contemplation this weekend, there are some opportunities to enjoy art, music, and theater in the area.

If you want to avoid spending money all together, go to the Allentown Art Museum on Sunday, November 30th. Admission is free from noon to 4 p.m. Allentown Art Museum, 31 North Fifth Street, Allentown, PA. Current exhibits include Robert Indiana from A-Z  and American Pop! The Prints

Or stop by the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, where admission is always free. The Christmas Putz has been set up for the season, as is a special exhibit of Vintage Christmas Decorations. Additional current exhibits include From Garden to Table: A Harvest of Contemporary Hooked Rugs and The Pennsylvania Dutch Historic Landscape:Selections from the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center’s Photography Collection

Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography recently opened at Michener Museum , 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown. There will be an admission fee at this museum, however.

Buy tickets today for Sunday’s Lehigh Valley Christmas in Concert at Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. 6th Street, Allentown, PA. The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 30, 2014.

Now in its 18th year, A Lehigh Valley Christmas in Concert features the area’s best musicians performing renditions of holiday classics in a variety of musical genres! From Jazz to Blues and Classical to Pop, Celtic, Gospel – there is something for everyone! Bring your friends, family, co-workers, and join the festivities!

Box office: 610-432-6715. Tickets may be purchased online.

Greetings! continues through December 7th at Montgomery Theater in Souderton. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Montgomery Theater, 124 Main Street, Souderton. 215-723-9984.

Or plan ahead for the FREE Philadelphia Orchestra concert at the Kimmel Center on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Seating is general admission and tickets may be reserved beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

There will be holiday music in Commonwealth Plaza starting at 6 p.m, with opportunities to conduct the players. The Verizon Hall doors open at 7, and the 75-minute concerts begins at 7:30.

Music director Yannick Wezet-Sequin will lead the ensemble in seasonal favorites from Tchaikovsky, Leroy Anderson, and Brahms, plus works by Pulitzer Prize-winning Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon and others.

Orchestra official promise some “audience participation surprises.” Musicians will be dressed in colorful attire, and the audience invited to do the same.

Orchestra officials also ask audience members to give by bringing a contribution for Cradles to Crayons, a charitable group aiding children. The goal of this year’s drive, “Sponsor a Snow Day,” is to collect all types of new or gently used winter gear. Books, board games, and puzzles are also welcome.

Free orchestra concert for GivingTuesday, Inquirer 11-26-2014, Stephan Salisbury

If Philly is too far for you to drive, but you’d still like to hear some strings, the Junior String Philharmonic (made up of 5th-9th grade students) is performing at 6 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnes and Nobel Bookstore at the Promenade Shops, 2845 Center Valley Parkway, Saucon Valley, on Tuesday evening, December 2, 2014.

And I haven’t even mentioned all the fantastic films that are playing in the movie theaters this weekend, including Disney’s Big Hero 6 at The Grand on Main Street, East Greenville, Mockingjay Part 1 (playing everywhere), The Theory of Everything (playing at Civic Theater 514, 19th Street, Allentown, County Theater, Doylestown), Rosewater (County Theater, Doylestown), and Birdman (County Theater, Doylestown and Carmike Promenade, Saucon Valley).

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