FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
XMAS XTRAVAGANZA: REED STUDENTS ORGANIZE HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES
The second annual Andrew and Andrew and Rob Xmas Xtravaganza, a celebration of Christmas traditions sacred and secular, young and old, will be held Saturday, December 14, at 7 p.m. in Reeds Eliot Hall chapel. The event, featuring Christmas sing-alongs, stories, hot cider, and homemade cookies, is free and open to the public, though cookie donations are gladly accepted. For more information visit http://web.reed.edu/publicevents or call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.
Senior Reed College student musicians Andrew Essin, Andrew Lardie, and Rob Fishel organized the event to generate campus excitement for the holiday season. Lardie, a biology major from Macomb, Michigan, explained, "As it started getting colder my freshman year at Reed, I found that the thing I was missing most from home was our family Christmas traditions: the decorating, the music, the food, every scent and sound. I decided to organize a Christmas program that would incorporate some of these experiences."
Essin, a physics major from Monrovia, California, describes the event as "designed to be inviting, to students, faculty, staff, and neighbors, all of whom are important parts of our community. It is furthermore intended as a participatory event; Xtravaganza-going is not a spectator sport."
Fishel, a music major from Monkton, Maryland, will collaborate with Reed students Alison Grande (fiddle), Julia Haskin (fiddle), Mont Chris Hubbard (voice and ukelele), Dan Meyer (mandolin), Luc Perkins (guitar), and Dan Roehl (dramatic reading). The Reed A Capella Singers will also be featured at the event.
Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).
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