January 23Ok, it’s me again, Jennie Mulqueen from South Shore Conservatory. This is now my third column in a row. I have now pestered you about making the arts a priority and becoming part of a singing family community through Music Together®. But what you might not know and do not want to miss is the opportunity to attend a Family Arts Festival at our Hingham Campus on Saturday, January 23 from 9-11 for families with kids ages 3-10. The festival will commence with a free show for children ages 3 and up performed by SSC faculty from 9-11:30. Families tell us all the time that they want to sample instruments before deciding to take lessons. An original adaptation of PD Eastman’s Are You My Mother entitle, Are You My Instrument Family? is about a baby violin born in the North End who searches broad Massachusetts terrain for its mother. From drum circles in Cambridge to coffee houses in Northampton, this baby violin goes on quite an expedition. Children will see live performances of a string bass, a cello, a trumpet, a clarinet, a violin, and an African djembe while singing and dancing along to familiar tunes. Don’t miss this incredible and FREE performance in the lobby of our Hingham campus. (Parents take note: It would be really helpful to read PD Eastman’s version the week prior!)Following the performance is a time to roam our beautiful, state-of-the-art facility. A true community resource, this is a special place and it shocks me that there are families living in Hingham for years who have never been! There will be petting zoos grouped by orchestral instrument families and lots of chances for hands on experiences with everything from trumpets to trombones to clarinets. Also an opportunity to meet and greet with SSC talented faculty members.The arts-principled pre-school-kindergarten will be holding an open house for parents interested in applying for the 2010-2011 year. The morning will conclude with experientials demos with our drama and creative movement specialists, Emily Arsenault and Adrienne Perfetuo.