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(OCALA, Fla.) Sept. 19, 2011 — Widely regarded as Hollywood's greatest screen legend, Katharine Hepburn's talent and beauty made her one of the top actresses of all time. Opening Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, the exhibition "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" features more than 40 costumes and performance clothes from the screen legend's personal collection. Other activities at the Appleton in November include the Nov. 19 opening of "A Dickens' Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Collection," After Hours on Nov. 3, First Saturday children's art program on Nov. 5, Trips 'N' Tours visits to the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences on Nov. 16 and 17, and a "Date With Kate" luncheon and film event on Nov. 26
Daily admission to the Appleton Museum is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.
Direct from Kent State University Museum, "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" showcases fashions and memorabilia from Hepburn's six-decade career. Presented are stage costumes from "The Philadelphia Story," "Without Love" and "Coco," screen costumes from "Stage Door," "Adam's Rib," "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night," and clothes from her television movies such as "Love Amongst the Ruins." The exhibition also features many of her famous tailored trousers and jackets. A lecture on Hepburn's life and fashions is scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m., and a "Date With Kate" luncheon event is offered on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Priced at $25, the package includes a docent tour of the exhibition, an elegant lunch in the Café and a classic Hepburn film in the Auditorium. Other "Date With Kate" luncheon events are scheduled on Dec. 10, 17, and Jan. 7, and advance reservations with payment are required. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Appleton's Gift Shop or by calling 352-291-4453.
Also opening on Saturday, Nov. 19, is "A Dickens' Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Collection." On exhibit in the lobby and galleries is a portion of the many miniature Charles Dickens-era village scenes, holiday decorations and dazzling ornaments that the Urbans have collected over the years.
After Hours is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, with classic '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll performed by The Rewind Band. Guests can enjoy complimentary light hors d'oeuvres from the Horse and Hounds Restaurant and an art demonstration by the Ocala Art Group. Admission is free for members and $8 for nonmembers.
"Kinetic Calder" is the theme of the Appleton's First Saturday program on Nov. 5. From 1 to
3 p.m., children ages 4-12 have the opportunity to learn about artist Alexander Calder's whimsical mobiles, and then they can create their own original mobile sculptures. The session is free for members and included in admission for nonmembers. Plus, the Trips 'N' Tours staff is escorting travelers to the Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Thursday,
Nov. 17, to view the museum's Napoleonic collection, Audubon paintings and Cuban artifacts. Lunch is included and price is $75 for members, $85 for nonmembers. For reservations, contact Trips 'N' Tours representatives Dodie Jerz or Bonnie Janssen at 352-291-4456 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
In addition to the temporary exhibitions and events, guests are invited to view all of the Appleton's permanent collections of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.
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