The Scotland Street School Museum 01 Education made the reproduction costume shown at the exhibition at the Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, which reconstructs scenes irom six recent schools programmes. Last May and June the project at the Burrell Collection was ‘Elizabeth I— A Royal Progress’ lor which this splendid costume ol Elizabeth was the centrepiece, having been carefully copied Irom the Ditchley portrait oi Elizabeth in the National Portrait Gallery, London. The costumes were all scaled down to lit the children, who then in crinoline, rolls and doublet and hose, acted out their courtly parts. (Sally Kinnes)

Centre’s music programme) £1 and 50p. A ‘watch me Mum’ opportunity for the younger children’s groups to give a public performance and demonstrate their progress. Music will be both Christmas and non-Christmas.


Christmas Carol Concert 12 Dee. 7.30pm. Free. Amongst those taking part will be the Choir of the University of Strathclyde, the Dorian Singers, St Paul’s Primary School, Shettleston and the audience!


0 DOLPHIN ARTS CENTRE 7 James Street, Bridgeton, 554 7449 (Nancy Coulter).

Guys and Dolls 10—13 Dec 7 .30pm.

£1 .50 (75p cones and party bookings). The children’s, youth and adult theatre groups (Dolphin Theatre Workshops & Madness in Method) come together to present this lively musical fable of Broadway directed by Mary McCluskey. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.

o THIRD EYE CENTRE 350 Sauchiehall Street, 332 7521/4. Box office Tue—Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 2-5pm. (Tickets also from bookshop on perf evgs). [D] [E]

The Tweltth Day ol July 30 Nov. 11am. 80p/£1 .20 adults. A new show which

marks an important development in ,

the work of Glasgow’s TAG Theatre Company - the provision of plays for 11-15 year olds. See Theatre List for review.



Activities & Fun

0 New Dance Initiative Epworth Halls, Nocholson Square, 668 1901. Wednesday Children’s Open Modern, Tracy Hawkes, 4-5pm. Children’s Open Ballet, Tracy Hawkes, 5—6pm.

o CHILDREN’S CREATIVE DANCE CLASSES Epworth Halls, Nicolson Square. Tuesdays 4—5pm (6—8 years), 5—6pm (9-12 years). Until 10 Dec. £2 per class. Taught by former Ballet Rambert soloist, Marilyn Williams. Further details 552 4398. 0 NATIONAL GALLERY The Mound. 556 8921.

St Nicholas Day Celebration Sat 7 Dec. Patron of many, but particularly children, 6 Dec is the feast day of St Nicholas. After visiting the gallery during schools events, this is the time for children to bring along everyone else at home and celebrate the saint’s day with music, stories and festive food. Numbers are restricted so book early.

‘Christmas a Story for our Tlme’ Competition If it were to happen today, how would you illustrate or describe the Christmas story? The National Gallery is inviting entries from anyone up to 18 years, in the form of a picture, words and picture or just words. Prizes in 3 age groups, closing date 18 Dec. Entries will be on display in the gallery 20 Dec— 5 Jan.

0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street, 225 7534.

Make Music Sat 7 Dec. 11am. Blow your own Kazoo with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in their first museum concert, presented by David Bedford. 8—14 years. Free. Booking starts Sat 7 Dec for Making Christmas Decorations workshop on 21 Dee 10am-1pm (8—14 years). Free. Book early as these are popular workshops and numbers are restricted.

O SANTA'S GROT'TO AND SLEIGI'I RIDES East Princes Street Gardens. 12-24 Dec. 12 Dec, 1 lam—7pm. Sleigh rides 11am-3pm. Santa Claus will arrive in East Princes Street Gardens, beside the Scott Monument on 12 Dec. His elfinesque helper will meet children in the Grotto, a log cabin affair, as befits the snowy season , and they can then meet Santa and receive their free balloon. There is a lucky dip, with small surprise novelty toys. Afterwards there are trips around the Gardens in a horse-drawn sleigh. O WATERSTONES 114-116 George Street, 225 3436. Sun 1 Dec, 2—4pm. Free. Some Canongate publications are brought to life by their authors and illustrators. Duncan Williamson, author of ‘Fireside Tales of the Travellers’ Children’ and, just published, ‘The Broonies, Silkies and Fairies’ will be reading stories and the children can watch Alan Herriot, who illustrated the books, make impromptu sketches. Doug Mann, author of ‘The Singing Street’ will be providing music, as will carol singers from Liberton High School.


Place, 225 4379.

Tomato Sauce Theatre Company (Children’s Theatre Workshop) Sats 10.30am-12.30pm for ages 10—14. Membership £2.50 per annum, under 16. Details of their Christmas performance 13—15 Dec in next issue.

0 Christmas Shopping? If the prospect of Princes Street and the push-chair is too much, take advantage of the YWCA’s scheme starting Wed 27 Nov at 10am to have a creche for toddlers. 50p per hour, max. 2 hours. 7 Randolph Place, 225 4379. Register by phone or in person.


0 CANONGATE TOLDOOTI'I MUSEUM 163 Canongate. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm. Closed Sun. Free.

Art, Laughter and the Bright Eyes ol Children With the approach of Christmas and a time of gifts a trip to this exhibition of historical toys is guaranteed to stretch the imagination for ideas for stocking and pillowcase fillers.

0 NATIONAL GALLERY The Mound. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

The Nativity in Art Until 5 Jan. Instead of finding that the lower frame of the painting is about at their eye level, young visitors, for whom this exhibition was designed, will find that the paintings have been hung much lower at an accessible level which is ‘user friendly’, giving the idea of being almost included in the scene oneself. Being a small and focused exhibition, it is the sort of introduction to paintings a child could happily cope with and remember. The choice of exhibits is wide in date, medium and approach and includes the large scale ‘Christmas Eve’ by Arthur Melville, Verrocchio’s ‘Madonna and Child‘.

Two Tiepolo etchings are

particularly delightful.


0 EILMHOUSE 88 Lothian Road, 228 2688. Junior Matinees under 15

years 80p. Adult £1 . Tickets

available on day of performance

1 only. Details ofspecial ‘parties after a the film‘ from the box office. . Sat 30 Nov. 2pm. Caravan oi Courage

(U) (USA 1984) 97 mins. The

. renegade teddybear-esque Ewoks ; help two children to rescue their ' parents after a space craft crash lands

on the forest moon of Endor. Sat 7 Dec. Chitty Chiny Bang Bang (U) (GB 1968) 142 mins. Dick Van

' Dyke, Lionel Jeffries and Sallie Ann

Howes in Ian Fleming‘s story of the

j magical flying car. An invention ‘0‘

would have appreciated.

O REGAL North Bridge Street, Bathgate .0506 630 869. Sat matinees 2pm. 30p child and adult. Selected

programmes from the Children‘s Film Foundation. includes a feature.

cartoons and a serial.

} Television

; 0 Open to Question

; Tue 3 Dec. BBC 2. 6.20—7pm. Cliff ; Richard faces the music in the form of the audience of teenagers from

schools all over Britain.

Tue 10 Dee. BBC 2. 6.20—7pm. Iflife on Earth was voluntary, would you

i step forward? ‘Stars' are notoriously Q difficult to handle, catch, and now it

seems, to define. If ET. is anything

f to go by, life here for an

: extra-terrestrial is full of hazards.

. Better off as a human outwardly at

least. This week‘s guests. ‘Star

. people‘ Michael and Aurora El

Legion, are Directors ofthe

National Investigations Committee 3 on UFOs and claim to be former

extra-terrestrials, re-incarnated as ‘Volunteers’ to live on Earth.


Many years ago and a long way from here, in a place called Asia Minor, a boy called Nicholas grew up who used to give money or glits to those really in need. The presents were always a surprise, as he wished to keep it a

secret. This generosity stayed with him

all his lite, as did his courage, and according to the legend, his power to work miracles.

lie was made a saint for his work, and his legend has survived many centuries ,

and emerges in many lorms. But he is always consistent in his present giving,

particularly to children. In Norway and ;

Germany he travels with an assistant called Kris Kringle (the names come

lrom Chrisikind or Christ Child). His job ' Is to steerthe sleigh over the rooftops. x

In New Amsterdam, in America, St

Nicholas came on a white horse with a '

Moorish servant called Peter. He was called Sinterklass (or Santa Claus). in the lower Rhine valley in Germany children put out clogs on the eve of 6th December (his least day) and till them with hay lor the saint’s white horse. In the morning the hay has gone and the clogs are tilled with sweetmeats and cakes. The Swiss make these biscuits

i i i I i

in the shape oi Father Christmas and give them as presents on 6th December.

To make: Bub 402 margarine into 802 plain llour. Add 402 sugar, one beaten egg and V2 level teaspoon of mixed spice. Roll out and cut out the shape shown here. Give him Currant Eyes, a Glace Cherry Nose (cut it in hall lirst), !

i and a row oi Almonds tor his Feet. Bake . 15 mins, Gas mark 4, 350 F, 180 C. Add ; ' a Beard oi White Icing when he‘s cool. ~.

(Sally Kinnes)

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