Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Nativity collection on display at Christian Arts Museum

Nativity created by Sue and Darryl Arnold on display at Christian Arts Museum.
Nativity created by Sue and Darryl Arnold on display at Christian Arts Museum.

Displaying Nativity scenes is a Christian tradition dating back hundreds of years, and while each display tells the story of Christ’s birth in its own way, all share the theme of new life, new beginnings and new hope.

A collection of more than 40 Nativity scenes is the featured Christmas exhibit at the Christian Arts Museum of Fort Worth along with the permanent exhibit of The Last Supper. Truly a global exhibit, the Nativities were created by artists from Asia, Israel, Italy, China, Africa, Brazil, South America and the U.S.

“During the Christmas season, many cultures worldwide display this subject whether biblical or not, by representing the Nativity of Jesus in art,” museum spokeswoman Ann Geer said. The museum has expanded the Christmas exhibit this year with several additions to the Nativity display.

Even though the entire collection is a representation of the same story, the materials used by the artist individualize each piece. Some were crafted using pewter, marble, olive wood, porcelain, string and glass. Others are made from corn husks, rolled paper, clay and oak.

Texas artists Sue and Darryl Arnold of Alba crafted a three-dimension Nativity using red oak and Baltic birch wood. Museum artist Janie Davis of Weatherford and husband Ken Davis created an amazing life-size Nativity made from wood for the exhibition.

Beautiful handmade Nativity ornaments from Hungary and Israel will be available for museum guests to purchase.

“Visitors can also enjoy the unique life-size wax depiction of Leonardo DaVinci’s The Last Supper created in the 1950s by wax sculptor Katherine Stubergh along with many other pieces of Christian art,” Geer said.

The museum is at 3221 Hamilton Ave. in Fort Worth. The public is invited to view and enjoy the exhibit, and group tours are available. To inquire, call 817- 332-7878.

Cool (and hot) things happening at Panther Island Ice rink

As if Fort Worth is not cool enough year-round, things got even cooler when Panther Island Ice opened last month for its annual limited engagement of ice-skating fun, which runs through Jan. 18.

“Panther Island Ice aims to create a holiday tradition that brings people of all ages to Fort Worth,” said JD Granger, executive director of the Trinity River Vision Authority. “All proceeds from the ice rink go back to programming and recreational enhancements on Panther Island.”

Besides the thrilling experience of skating on Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice rink, a slew of special events — including a spectacular fireworks show — are on tap during December and January.

Figure-skating performances by local skaters will be held every Sunday in December at 3:15, 5 and 6:30 p.m., proudly sponsored by the Star-Telegram.

Taking the ice today will be Laurel Alexander. On Sunday, see a performance by Mary Beeson, and on Dec. 27 CeCe Weaver will sharpen her skates and demonstrate why figure skating is so enjoyable to watch.

Fire and ice? Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? If you want to experience this, be on the ice Saturday for a ringside seat when Extreme Pyrotechnics shoots a dazzling fireworks display at 7:15 p.m.

“This is the opening weekend for Star Wars so the music during the show will be a mixture of Christmas music and Star Wars tunes,” spokeswoman Shanna Cate said. “You can get a discount for the ice rink by coming in a Star Wars costume.”

Then on Sunday, enjoy Texas Ballet Theatre Nutcracker Night from 4 to 7. “There will be music from The Nutcracker playing, a chance to win tickets to a show, and we’ll have performers on site for autographs and photo opportunities,” Cate said.

A funky good time is planned for Motown Night from 4 to 7 Jan. 9 while Motown music plays and skaters show off their best dance moves on the ice. Be sure to participate in drawings or contests for a chance to win tickets to the upcoming Motown: The Musical at Bass Hall.

Panther Island Ice is in the Coyote Drive-In complex, at 223 NE Fourth St. Regular admission is $11 and includes skate rental. A ticket to the drive-in is not required to get into the ice rink. To learn more, visit www.PantherIslandIce.com or call 817-698-0700.

Festivus in Fairmount tonight

Celebrate Christmas Fairmount-style at the Festivus activities from 6:30 to 9:30 tonight. This second edition of the event is returning after a very successful debut last year, where more than 250 people enjoyed sharing the holidays with residents of Fort Worth’s Fairmount National Historic District.

The fun tonight begins at Kent & Co. Wines, 1101 W. Magnolia Ave., and includes a Christmas light tour by shuttle through Fairmount, complete with hot cocoa and holiday music.

According to the neighborhood newsletter, “There will be food trucks, refreshments, carolers and even a Festivus pole where you can air all your grievances with our neighborhood Grinch.”

A new attraction this year is Santa’s Village at the Rosen House Bed and Breakfast, 1714 S. Henderson St. “It promises to be a magical place for all ages that will include De Zavala choir carolers, crafts, cookies and even the big man himself to take Christmas wish list requests and pictures,” writes a neighborhood resident and board member, Alex Thieroff.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and children 12 and under get in for $5 each or at no charge with an unwrapped toy to donate to One Safe Place, a charity that serves children affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

“Our hope is that Festivus becomes a Fairmount holiday tradition for years to come,” Thieroff said. “It’s a great way to see what this community is all about while showing off our beautiful collection of eclectic houses.”

Visit historicfairmount.com/index.php/festivus to learn more.

#100thbirthday #milestone #celebrate

Congratulations to James “Faires” Kuykendall as he celebrates his 100th birthday at a party from 2 to 4 p.m. today hosted by friends including Pat Connolly. The come-and-go festivities are at the West Arlington Police Service Center, 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd.

According to Connolly, Kuykendall went to work for the Star-Telegram at the tender age of 18 and retired 50 years later at 70 from his job as a circulation manager. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. Kuykendall has the distinction of being in the Fort Worth Westside Kiwanis Club longer than any other member. Happy birthday, Faires.

Santa’s Sack Drive to benefit children, moms living at SafeHaven

Now through Saturday, SafeHaven will be collecting donations of gifts for kids and moms escaping domestic violence who are living at the SafeHaven shelters.

Things collected at the drive will enable the mothers and children to select special gifts for one another at the SafeHaven Christmas store at no cost, of course. Gifts are then wrapped and delivered by Santa on Christmas morning, bringing the joy of the holidays to victims who often leave everything to find safety.

Santa’s Sack drop-off locations are Lincoln Square Shopping Center in Arlington (south of Stein Mart) and in Fort Worth’s West 7th shopping district at 820 Currie St. (across from Sweet Sammies). Direct inquiries to Krista Moffett at 817-510-7154.

Car raffle to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters has announced its 17th annual Limited Edition Raffle. Tickets are $100, and the winner takes home a 2016 Volvo XC90 generously donated by the Autobahn Motorcar Group in Fort Worth. The drawing will be held at noon Saturday at the dealership.

Over the past 16 years, Autobahn Motorcar Group has helped raise over $5 million for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Through this support, Autobahn has helped put over 9,000 children into a mentoring relationship right here in Texas,” said Sarah Knotts, spokeswoman for the charity.

Purchase raffle tickets at www.bbbstx.org/raffle. The winner need not be present.

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