December 2013

December at Cranbrook gives visitors the opportunity to celebrate the season with something for every member of the family. Deck the halls by visiting the House and Gardens' Candy Canes and Cacti sale, or visit the Science Shop at the Institute of Science free of charge for cool science related gifts.


Throughout the month, and into the New Year, you'll find special events at the institutions throughout the community. If you're entertaining guests during the holidays, consider a day at one of the museums as an outing, and share the wonder of Cranbrook's National Historic Landmark Campus.


Start planning for the New Year by putting Cranbrook Schools' Winter Open House or the P@rtybook Wine tasting Schools' fundraiser on your calendar now. Details about events across campus are within this newsletter.


We look forward to seeing you and wish a happy and healthy holiday season!

In This Issue

Cranbrook Community Wine Tasting- A Fundraising Event for Cranbrook Schools

Thursday, January 16
Take a break after the holidays and join Cranbrook Schools at the Community House in Birmingham for a tasting of an assortment of wines from around the world. Relax with friends and enjoy hors d'oeuvres while sampling the many selections provided by three of Michigan's premier wine distributors. 10% of all wine purchased will benefit Cranbrook Schools.  This is a P@rtybook Event. More information and registration here.

Candy Canes and Cacti: Conservatory Greenhouse Sale

Annual Holiday Plant Sale

Wed.-Fri., Dec. 4-6


Candy canes and cacti, succulents and dish gardens, these are a few of the Conservatory's favorite things. The Conservatory Greenhouse will deck its glass walls with holiday spirit for its annual holiday plant sale during December 4-6.  Sale days are Wednesday, December 4: 9:30am to 2pm; Thursday, December 5, 4pm to 7pm; and Friday, December 6,  9:30am to 2pm. Items for sale at Candy Canes and Cacti are great as unique gifts and home accents. Free admission, light refreshments, and holiday cheer are provided. Donations are appreciated and help support the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary.


Please visit or call 248 645.3149 if you would like to learn more about this event or Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary. 

A Special Event Honoring Rick and Sandy Nahm

Wed., Dec. 11 at 4pm


Cranbrook will honor retired Cranbrook President Rick Nahm and his wife Sandy at an afternoon event at the Institute of Science on Wednesday, December 11 at 4pm.  Rick and Sandy wish to thank their friends and former colleagues for making their time at Cranbrook so special. Remarks at 4:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Event ends at 6pm.  The elm tree at Cranbrook House, pictured above, is Rick Nahm's favorite tree on campus.


Youth Tour at Cranbrook Art Museum

Sun., Dec.15 at 2pm


Cranbrook Art Museums' monthly youth tour on Sunday, December 15 is "Diagrams, Maps, Charts & Mazes!" Visitors will take a scavenger hunt through the Museum's galleries while investigating the fascinating methods of organizing information presented in the cutting-edge exhibition My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process. Children will then create their own mind tools! This drop-in program will incorporate art, problem-solving, storytelling, and making, and is perfect for pre-K through pre-teen Museum visitors accompanied by an adult. Children 12 and under are always free! January's youth tour will be held on Sunday, January 19 at 2pm and discusses lines, patterns and shapes.


Also this month at Cranbrook Art Museum, the Critical Studies Lecture Series presents Curator and Critic Shannon Stratton in "Skilling/Deskilling" on Tuesday, December 10 at 6pm, and Collections Wing tours are offered every Friday at 1pm.


Looking for unique holiday cards? Stop by the Print Media Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art on Friday, December 6 between noon-5pm to purchase unique, handmade cards - 18 cards for $25. For more information, email


More information at

Fossil Festival at the Institute of Science

Thu.-Mon., Dec. 26-30 at 1pm


The Institute of Science makes its current exhibition Dinosaurs-The Lost World an archaeological experience during the holidays when it presents "Fossil Festival."  Dino face painting, coloring activities, and make your own dinosaur egg are just a few of the activities and experiences on the agenda.  There also will be a special opportunity to play Indiana Jones by helping to extract a dinosaur from the medium in which it was discovered. Fossil Festival Activities are free with admission. The Observatory also will be open, weather permitting, for special live daytime viewings of the sun! Daily planetarium and bat programs also will be available Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30 at an additional charge. 


To preview program trailers online visit here.

Cranbrook Schools' Winter Open House

Sun., Jan.12 at 1pm


Cranbrook Schools' winter 2014 Open House is taking place on Sunday, January 12, from 1-3pm. The event is open to all families, whether your children are two years old or entering high school.  During your visit, you and your family will be able to meet some of our world-class teachers, get an up-close look at our facilities, and speak with members of our admission team. We know you will begin to understand why a Cranbrook education truly offers opportunity you will find nowhere else - opportunity that lasts a lifetime.

If you have any questions, please call us at 248.645.3610 or visit here.

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