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December 18, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer staff writer
At the end of the movie White Christmas, Bing Crosby, clad in a bad Santa suit, leads the cast in serenading a greeting-card perfect Christmas Eve snowfall. It is an idealized vision of Christmas long layered on the popular consciousness. Snow is everywhere in Christmas mythology, in Christmas carols, and certainly in Christmas marketing. For most of the nation, however, the notion of snow and Christmas is greatly at odds with climatological reality. Christmas Eve snow is more likely in Bing's reputed venue (Vermont ski country)
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December 23, 1990 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, Special to The Inquirer
Soldiers in Operation Desert Shield will be seeing white this week - white snowflakes that is. About 1,000 of the lacy white flakes with greetings were created by the students at Penn Valley Elementary School in the Lower Merion School District. "They went to soldiers in different units who are friends or relatives of some of our students and teachers here," said art teacher Nancy Ring, who organized the project. "We also put little tabs on the back of the snowflakes and sent spools of thread.
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November 26, 2009 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
White Christmas, making a two-week stop at the Academy of Music during its national tour - four years and counting - is more holiday event than actual theater. Cobbled together from the 1954 movie that starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, with extra songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, this show is about as genuine, and as exciting, as the soapsuds snow that showers down on the audience during the finale. There are, of course, some great Irving Berlin songs; with a lineup including not only the perennial favorite, "White Christmas," but also "Sisters" and "Blue Skies" and "How Deep Is the Ocean" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," we should all leave humming happily.
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December 18, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
With Dec. 25 a week and a day away, it's time to ask: Any shot at a White Christmas? For Pennsylvania, Weather.com's answer seems to be: Yes, No, and Maybe. And even that may be optimistic. According to the website's White Christmas map, snow is "Likely" early next week in the western half of the state, "Possible" along a band from Harrisburg to Scranton, and "Not Likely" in Philadelphia, its immediate suburbs, New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Maryland. But even in Pittsburgh and State College, there's no more than a 20 percent chance of snow on Christmas or the day before, according to Weather.com's own extended forecasts.
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November 25, 2008 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Proudly old-fashioned and decorated with enough sock-'em production numbers to run from Advent through New Year's, White Christmas is this season's big gift-wrapped Broadway package. The stage adaptation of one of film's most beloved holiday confections, launched four seasons ago in San Francisco, opened Sunday night at the Marquis Theatre for a limited run. Like the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen, the stage show is fueled by a pastiche of Irving Berlin songs originally composed for different shows and movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2001 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The Irving Berlin chestnut "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" can be found in the midst of White Christmas, director Michael Curtiz's folksy, friendly 1954 yuletide musical comedy that teams Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as best buddies who head for a New England ski resort with a sister duo played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. The resort isn't what it's cracked up to be, though: In fact, it's falling apart, and suffering from an economic downturn brought on by a complete absence of snow.
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December 21, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The question is a December evergreen: Are we going to have a White Christmas? The answer this year, is almost certainly no - the same answer as in most years. So why does the question keep popping up every Christmas season with the regularity of bad holiday music? Around here and for an overwhelming majority of the nation's population - not to mention Bethlehem, in the Holy Land - snow at Christmas is decidedly the exception. Only seven times in the last 56 years has an inch or more of snow been on the ground officially in Philly on Dec. 25, most emphatically in 1966, when a foot fell from a storm that continued into the early-morning hours.
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December 24, 1998 | By Maria Panaritis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Singers croon about it. Children dream about it. And every December, millions of holiday hopefuls wonder, only to be disappointed time and again: Could this be the year of the White Christmas? Well, Philadelphia, if the weather experts are right - and they think they are - then residents across the region will enjoy their first snowy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 32 years. Sure, there have been so-called dustings and coatings through the years (flurries in 1995 and 1980)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2009 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The Los Angeles Philharmonic will give the local premiere of City Noir, a new piece by John Adams. Pianists Yuja Wang and Andr? Watts will play traditional recital programs of Schubert, Liszt, Beethoven, and Scarlatti. And Black Grace, the bold all-male troupe from New Zealand, will dance its trademark blurring of traditional Pacific culture and contemporary moves. The Kimmel Center's own presenting arm will bring in about the same number of acts for the 2009-10 season as it did this year, officials have announced.
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February 6, 1991 | Los Angeles Daily News
Dean Jagger, whose ability to play sympathetic authority figures earned him an Oscar, died yesterday in his sleep at his Santa Monica home after suffering from the flu. A Hollywood fixture for half a century, Jagger, 87, appeared in many popular films. He is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning supporting role as Maj. Harvey Stovall, the narrator of the 1949 World War II Air Force classic "Twelve O'Clock High. " and as the aging former general in "White Christmas" (1954)
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December 21, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The question is a December evergreen: Are we going to have a White Christmas? The answer this year, is almost certainly no - the same answer as in most years. So why does the question keep popping up every Christmas season with the regularity of bad holiday music? Around here and for an overwhelming majority of the nation's population - not to mention Bethlehem, in the Holy Land - snow at Christmas is decidedly the exception. Only seven times in the last 56 years has an inch or more of snow been on the ground officially in Philly on Dec. 25, most emphatically in 1966, when a foot fell from a storm that continued into the early-morning hours.
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December 1, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
A cookie roof, sweet-and-sour candy shingles, pretzel doors and chimneys, and snowdrifts of frosting. It's not a holiday fantasy - it's the recipe for a real, live gingerbread-house workshop in Chestnut Hill. Bredenbeck's Bakery at 8126 Germantown Ave. is hosting its third annual season of classes, teaching the art of making gingerbread houses. The tradition began in Norway for Christmas and Easter and was brought to America by immigrant bakers. "There's no wrong way to decorate a gingerbread house, and any age can do it, so it's great for families," says Bredenbeck's owner and operator, Karen Boyd Rohde of Fort Washington.
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December 7, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
When Welsh singer Judith Owen moved to Los Angeles with her husband, comic actor and radio host Harry Shearer, in the 1990s, she found she wasn't so fond of sunny southern California during the holiday season. "I was feeling quite depressed because it all looked so lovely and I couldn't actually cope with Christmas in a hot, beautiful place," Owen says. She and Shearer are on a transatlantic conversation on her iPad from their home in London. "It made me feel terrible, and yearn to be somewhere that's dark and miserable.
NEWS
December 26, 2012
Christmas is the only religious holiday officially recognized by the U.S. government. Federal employees get the day off, or are compensated extra for having to work. Does that make America a Christian nation? Not really. Sure, 78 percent of Americans describe themselves as Christians, but many don't attend church regularly or read a Bible. Then there's the nearly 5 percent of Americans who are Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or another religion; the 4 percent who are atheist or agnostic; and the 12 percent described by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life as "nothing in particular.
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December 19, 2012 | BY PETER MUCHA, Philly.com Staff Writer pmucha@phillynews.com, 215-854-4342
WITH DEC. 25 a week away, it's time to ask: Any shot at a White Christmas? The answer for Pennsylvania, according to weather.com, seems to be: Yes, no, and maybe. And even that may be optimistic. According to the website's White Christmas map, snow is "likely" early next week in the western half of the state, "possible" along a band from Harrisburg to Scranton, and "not likely" in Philadelphia, its immediate suburbs, New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Maryland. But even in Pittsburgh and State College, there's no more than a 20 percent chance of snow on Christmas or the day before, according to weather.com's own extended forecasts.
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December 18, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
With Dec. 25 a week and a day away, it's time to ask: Any shot at a White Christmas? For Pennsylvania, Weather.com's answer seems to be: Yes, No, and Maybe. And even that may be optimistic. According to the website's White Christmas map, snow is "Likely" early next week in the western half of the state, "Possible" along a band from Harrisburg to Scranton, and "Not Likely" in Philadelphia, its immediate suburbs, New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Maryland. But even in Pittsburgh and State College, there's no more than a 20 percent chance of snow on Christmas or the day before, according to Weather.com's own extended forecasts.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
In these parts, it's not Christmastime until the man with the white beard says so. That would be Peter Nero. For more than a dozen years, Nero has presided over an annual holiday show with his Philly Pops. He's stepping down at the end of this season, which means that the current run in Verizon Hall is probably your last-ever chance to hear Enescu, Glière, and Mussorgsky as the pike, carp, and whitefish in a giant gefilte fish of a Hanukkah medley. Also, Nero's successor, Michael Krajewski, is not a pianist, which suggests that if this tradition continues, the format won't feature a jazz pianist who somehow manages to be both erudite and haimish, with a little showbiz humor thrown in for good measure.
NEWS
September 19, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The new Old Farmer's Almanac is out, with weather predictions through October 2013. Although its projection is for this winter to be generally cold and dry, snow is in the forecast for the second half of December for the Atlantic Corridor from Richmond, Va., to Boston. "The snowiest periods will be in mid-December, just before Christmas, and in mid- to late February," says the Region 2 Forecast. These specifics are even given: Dec. 15-20: "Rain and snow, then sunny, cold.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2011
Repertory Films Bryn Mawr Film Institute 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-527-9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org . Going Gaga. $7. 12/28. Colonial Theatre 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228. www.thecolonialtheatre.com . The Polar Express (2004) $5. 12/28. 4 pm. Easttown Library & Information Center 720 First Ave., Berwyn; 610-644-0138. www.easttownlibrary.org . Winter Family Movie. 12/29. 10 am. Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library 1001 Powell St., Norristown; 610-278-5100.
NEWS
December 18, 2011
J ust in case you haven't had enough Christmas music so far this year, match the artist with the best-selling album. Answers: D3. 1. Susan Boyle. 2. Boyz II Men. 3. Mariah Carey. 4. Bing Crosby. 5. John Denver. 6. Celine Dion. 7. Kenny G. 8. Mannheim Steamroller. 9. Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 10. Vince Guaraldi Trio. a. A Charlie Brown Christmas . b. Christmas Eve and Other Stories . c. Christmas in the Air e. d. Christmas Interpretations . e. Faith: A Holiday Album . f. The Gift . g. Merry Christmas . h. Rocky Mountain Christmas . i. These Are Special Times . j. White Christmas .
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