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Barlow Planetarium Offers Holiday Shows & More

Comet Hale-Bopp, the “Great Comet of 1997"

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Comet Hale-Bopp, the “Great Comet of 1997,” shown here, has many people wondering if the Star of Bethlehem was a bright comet; this idea and others are explored in the Barlow Planetarium's show, "Season of Light." 

The Barlow Planetarium has announced that it has six shows on its schedule each weekend, and three of those shows are special holiday offerings.

According to Karen Klamczynski, director of the Barlow Planetarium there’s something new for 2006. “‘The Nutcracker Fantasy’ makes its debut at the Barlow Planetarium, and the show is full of laser lights and the music of Tchaikovsky. This show takes audiences on a fantasy 3-D trip through space.  From overture to ending, audiences escape to an imaginative space inspired by the original 1816 story, ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.’ This is a classic show that people of all ages can enjoy in a format that they’ve never seen before,” Klamczynski said.

“The Nutcracker Fantasy” is shown Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30.p.m.

Already a holiday tradition for many residents of the Fox Valley, the "Season of Light" holiday show returns to reflect on the significance and the fascinating history of common holiday traditions, such as decorating  a fir tree, kissing under the mistletoe, giving gifts, lighting candles and Menorah, and much more. 

"This is a show to enjoy not just once, but every year.  I've seen this show dozens of times, and I still am moved by its message," Klamczynski shared. “The show even explains the significance of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ and looks for the Star of Bethlehem.  Klamczynski is quick to point out that, "This is truly a show that everyone can enjoy." 

“Season of Light” is shown Fridays at 7 p.m. with Saturdays and Sundays presenting the show at 1:30 p.m.

The exciting "Holiday Magic" laser show returns this year. It’s full of seasonal music, including contemporary seasonal songs like, "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” as well as more traditional ballads like, "Let It Snow." 

“Holiday Magic” is shown on Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Klamczynski says, "I shouldn't have favorites, but the music selections, laser images and exciting 3-D effects in the ‘Holiday Laser Show’ are awesome!"  From ‘Carol of the Bells’ to ‘White Christmas,’ this show illustrates why this really is ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!’”  

The Planetarium also offers unique gifts for discerning shoppers.  For a $25 donation to the Planetarium, anyone can "buy-a-star" for someone on their list; planetarium stars are unique and come with a signed certificate.  Planetarium gift passes, which are smart stocking stuffers, can be purchased at the planetarium's box office.

A universe of unique gifts is available at the Planetarium's Stones & Stars Shop, located just next to the Barlow in the Weis Earth Science Museum on the Menasha campus.

The Stones & Stars Shop exists to support the educational missions of the Barlow Planetarium and Weis Museum, and it contains everything from affordable gemstone jewelry to home accents to real fossils and curiosity-creating toys.

The Barlow Planetarium is located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. More information about the Barlow Planetarium shows and the Stones and Stars Gift Shop can be obtained by calling 920-832-2868, emailing barlowplanetarium@uwc.edu or visiting the planetarium’s website, http://www.uwfox.uwc.edu/barlow/.


Posted 12/12/2006