Mt. Airy will be full of holiday music this Sunday, with a Candlelight Concert at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and an Irish holiday music performance at the Commodore Barry Club at 7:30.
"Irish Christmas in America" has been touring the United States for six years and will make its way to Mt. Airy for their Commodore Barry Club performance after stops in Maine, Washington, D.C. and New Jersey.
"They're an excellent group," said Jim McGill, who was one of the events organizer's and who has seen the performance before. "It encompasses all the different traditions associated with Christmas in Ireland."
The show is more than just music, though—the performance is narrated and photographs comprise the backdrop of the show, bringing the audience through the history of Ireland and Christmas.
"It takes people through a journey of what happens around Christmastime," said McGill.
The concert at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown will be chorale, with classics like Handel's "Messiah" in the program. All music will be performed by a joint choir comprised of members of the Methodist Church's choir and children's choir as well as the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church's choir.
Other than those shows, there will also be some holiday craft shows and a way to support a good cause while having some fun, all described below.
Friday, December 10
- The Decorative Arts Holiday Show at the Carolyn Fiedler-Alber Gallery at the Allens Lane Art Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show has unique hand-crafted items made by local artists and artisans available for purchase. The show closes on Dec. 22.
- Mt. Airy Art Garage will host "Party For A Cause" at 7 p.m. Enjoy the art, music, and food while supporting the United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia Children's Services. Suggested donation is $25.
- InFusion Coffee & Tea will host an artist reception for Project Learn School from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
- The Sweet Sixteen a capella choir from Masterman School will perform two sets—with a brief intermission—in front of the Sedgwick Theatre from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. It will perform a variety of songs, from doo-wop musicals to holiday carols.
- The FUZE Open Mic and Poetry Slam at InFusion Coffee & Tea will feature Brian Francis, a poet from Pittsburgh who published his first chapbook, "Do It Yourself Divinity, last year. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and an open mic is at 8:30 p.m. The poetry slam will follow the open mic.
Saturday, December 11
- Birder and photographer Ruth Pfeffer will lead a bird walk through Wissahickon Valley Park at 9 a.m. Participants will meet at Bells Mill Road and Forbidden Drive. Registration is necessary, as space is limited.
- Victoria Janssen will be reading segments of her new romance novel, "The Duke and the Pirate Queen," at Big Blue Marble Bookstore at 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 12
- Weekly Israeli Dancing at the Germantown Jewish Centre runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- A discussion group for those on the left side of the political spectrum, "Drinking Liberally," will meet at InFusion Coffee & Tea from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
- Genevieve Sherrow, a nutritionist, natural food chef, and food writer based in South Philadelphia, will discuss her cookbook for people with gluten, wheat, and soy allergies, called "Gluten-Free Warrior," followed by a sampling of some of the recipes from the book at Big Blue Marble Bookstore at 2 p.m.