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Jackson Takes its Holiday Socializing to the Museum with Free and $5 Events November 19, 2012  |  Categories: Events, Exhibits

The National Museum of Wildlife Art  is Jackson’s Ho-Ho-Holiday Socializing Headquarters

Wild About the Season and Mix’d Media events offer family fun, music, art and more.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – November 19, 2012 – Festive December socializing opportunities – including a visit from Santa – make the National Museum of Wildlife Art the perfect Jackson Hole gathering spot for holiday music, food and fun without a hefty price tag. The family-friendly First Sunday event for the month is the annual Wild About the Season celebration, free to locals and visitors alike, on Sunday, December 2. Then on Thursday, December 13, Mix’d Media takes a Western photography theme in honor of the museum’s recently opened “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” exhibition for a $5 cover charge.

“Although we do so many community outreach programs, Wild About the Season is always one of our favorites with all the kids and holiday fun,” says Ponteir Sackrey, the museum’s director of development and marketing. “And for young professionals, Mix’d Media is one of the best deals around for a festive evening out. Where else can you get music, a special cocktail, gourmet snacks and a hands-on art activity to make mixing and mingling easier, all for $5?”

The free-to-all Wild About the Season celebration takes place at the museum Sunday, December 2 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Holiday refreshments including light snacks, hot cocoa and cider will be served, and scheduled activities include a chance to make your own dreidel and snowflake scratch art from 1 – 4 p.m., a visit with Santa from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., and a book-signing by local children’s book author Lynn Friess, also from 1:30 – 3:30. Live music will be provided by the Jackson Hole High School Orchestra from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. and a Journeys School choral group from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Additional activities going on throughout the day include a scavenger hunt, a special mailbox for letters to Santa, a book drop to support Teton County Library and Children’s Learning Center, and screenings of the films Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The December Mix’d Media, December 13 from 6 – 9 p.m., takes a Greatest Photographs of the American West theme. Guests can try out Western Swing dancing with instructors from Dancer’s Workshop to the sounds of local group One Ton Pig. The evening’s special cocktail will be a tasting of Wyoming Whiskey accompanied by a gourmet version of that cowboy standard baked beans from Rising Sage Café. Activities include a chance to design your own cowboy-style bandanna – and then wear it and other Western gear in a photo booth for a take-home photographic memento of the evening. Cover charge for the evening is $5.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org. The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org.