History Center’s ‘Spirit’
In addition to daily noon-4 p.m. tours of its decorated-for-the-holidays Smith Family Farm and Swan House, the Atlanta History Center will offer special evening programs built around lantern-led tours of the historic properties on Thursday and Dec. 20.
“The Holiday Spirit” family programs, offered 5:30-9 both nights, will include live musical performances, storytelling, Smith Family Farm demonstrations and hands-on activities, candlelit trails and kid-friendly crafts.
At Smith Family Farm, guests will encounter living history characters who share stories of what life was like for residents during the holidays of 1861. At Swan House, guests encounter interpreters who share stories of life in 1930 Atlanta.
Before or after a guided tour (50 minutes each), guests may take part in ongoing holiday activities, visit any of the history center’s exhibitions, shop for holiday gifts at the museum shop or purchase food available from Flying Biscuit Cafe.
“The Holiday Spirit” is included with general admission. Purchase discounted tickets online at www.atlantahistorycenter.com/spirit. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-814-4000. HOWARD POUSNER
Ex-Atlantan in NYC Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’
Atlanta native Troy Schumacher is playing the role of Soldier in New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker.” Schumacher, who began his dance studies at the Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education starting in 2000, became a full-time student at the School of American Ballet (New York City Ballet’s school) in 2002, joining the company as a member of its corps de ballet in 2005.
New York City Ballet’s “Nutcraker will be shown at 6 p.m. in theaters nationally, including several in metro Atlanta. Details: www.fathomevents.com. HOWARD POUSNER
How satellites view us
Cartersville’s Tellus Science Museum has opened the Smithsonian Institution exhibit “Earth from Space,” featuring 18 images of our planet from the perspective of orbiting satellites, revealing structures and patterns on the earth’s surface that have never been seen before. Through April 22. 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville. 770-606-5700, www.tellusmuseum.org. Online exhibit: www.earthfromspace.si.edu. HOWARD POUSNER