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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2013
What: Luminations: The Wildflower Center’s holiday gift to the community.
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15. Canned good offerings for a food pantry as admission.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
Background: The gardens of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin will be ablaze with thousands of twinkle lights and luminarias the second weekend in December, with visitors enjoying live holiday music, decorated trees and more. Admission is free with two canned food items for the Capital Area Food Bank, with last year’s donations providing 5,000-plus meals over the holiday season. Alternatively, a monetary donation to the Food Bank can be made at the admission tent.
A dozen performers share holiday cheer in the courtyard and Themed Gardens, with heaters provided as needed. Musical acts will include Austin Mandolin Orchestra, fiddler Rebecca Patek, The Brass Men and Eanes High School Choir. Center café staff in the courtyard will sell light refreshments and goodies. Holiday trees decorated by Breed & Co., Mockingbird Domestics and others brighten the McDermott Learning Center.
For members: A Hot Chocolate Bar allows center members to customize your hot cocoa with add-ins such as chocolate chips, peppermint and whipped cream.
For kids: Hug Frosty the Snowman at the event both nights. Children can also write cards to Santa, color and make ornaments such as a bird’s nest from natural materials in the Visitors Gallery with center volunteers. And parents and their children can have fun in the Little House.
Store Events: Sample Yaupon Holly tea both nights. Also meet Alan C. Elliot and Stephanie Ford, who sign “Willy the Texas Longhorn,” and author Allison Amador signs "Goodnight Austin” Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Illustrator Keith Graves signs another children’s book, “Too Many Frogs," all evening on Sunday.
Sponsors: KUT 90.5, H-E-B and Classically Austin 89.5. Learn more at http://www.wildflower.org/luminations, or call 512-232-0100.