The Scholars Gild Presents... 2 Events in December!

First... The Scholars Gild Goes on a Field Trip

Join us at the Chris White Gallery, 701 N. Shipley St, Wilmington, for "Coffee at the Gallery" on Sunday, December 10th, 12 to 2PM.
Tour the exhibition, "Group Configuration", including sculpture by Harold Kalmus and painting by Stephen Tanis, with the curator, Rebecca Howell, nibble on cookies, cake, pastries, and fresh fruit (provided by the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM), and then stay if you like for life-drawing from a clothed model. (Bring your own preferred drawing supplies.) You might even pick up a few tips watching professional artists at work!
Participants split the cost of the model (cash or check only).
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This moist, dark cake has always been the subject of ridicule and humor whether deserved or not. Someone once stated, “Reality is like a fruitcake; pretty enough to look at but with all sorts of nasty things lurking just beneath the surface.” But fear not! Don't believe that nonsense, there are fruitcakes, and then there are Fruitcakes!

For this most festive of Scholars evenings, we will present a short history, and the current reality, of fruitcakes. There will be a tasting of a traditional cake, our favorite cakes (and maybe not so favorite), old-time and present-day fruitcakes, and perhaps some of your recipes, to celebrate the December holiday season. Most, if not all, of the various cakes have some alcohol content (beware). Cider and other drinks will be available, but drink donations are accepted. We hope to have a small Fruitcake Recipe Pamphlet of what we will be tasting available by the December 19th presentation.

There will be a short reading by Allan Kleban, resident, writer, humorist, amateur historian, and baker, about the history and humor of fruitcakes. As always, this Scholars program will be free to the public. Donations are encouraged in person or online. Suggested donation of $10 to $20. We hope you all will attend!

Special thank you to our Scholarly Fruitcake Committee: Allan Kleban, Sally O'Byrne, and Shawn Pinckney.

Meeting ID: 870 3686 9112 Passcode: 957929
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