By: Andrew McGivern, curator of exhibitions on December 16th, 2015

Woodson Art Museum staff gathered on Monday for a holiday luncheon that included good food, tasty treats, lively conversation, lots of laughter, and a challenging memory game. We even had a large tray of curator of collections Jane Weinke’s homemade cookies that have earned her well-deserved fame.

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Museum business manager, Diane Wendt initiated a Secret Santa activity before Thanksgiving, and names were distributed to staff choosing to participate. At our gathering, we each were asked to reveal what we had received from our Secret Santa and then to guess the identity of the stealthy gift giver. Guessing was fun and not always obvious.

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For entertainment, Diane – who had visited offices and workspaces to borrow objects for a memory game – invited the group to identify the “location” of each item. It was harder than you might think. No one identified all twenty items; the top four guessers each won a gift.

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At this time of the year, it’s always good to get together to enjoy one another’s company, whether at home or in the workplace. This is especially meaningful for me this holiday season. Our son, daughter-in-law, and grandson soon will return to southern Wisconsin after living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This means our visits with them will be more frequent and require less travel time.

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I hope everyone has opportunities to spend time with those they care about this holiday season. Visiting the Museum – always admission free – is a terrific option. Except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Mondays, the Woodson Art Museum will be open Tuesday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, Noon – 5 pm.

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I wish everyone a holiday season filled with art and good cheer.

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