University of Pittsburgh
November 20, 2005

Pitt Nationality Rooms, Decorated in Traditional Holiday Grandeur, to Be Featured at Dec. 4 Holiday Open House

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh's Nationality Rooms Program will host the annual Holiday Open House to showcase 26 decorated rooms from noon until 4 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Cathedral of Learning Commons Rooms, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Admission is free.

Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase ethnic foods and crafts from African Heritage, Austrian, Chinese, Czechoslovak, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Philippine, Polish, Swiss, Syria-Lebanese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Welsh, and Yugoslav committees, as well as the Women's International Club and Quo Vadis.

This year's ethnic entertainment will include the Chinese New Year Lion Dance, the Philippine Tinikling (the bamboo pole dance), and performances by Greek, Indian, and Ukrainian committees, the Scandinavian Society, and the Junior Tamboritzans. The performances begin at noon and will run at 15-minute intervals throughout the afternoon.

For more than 40 years, the Nationality Rooms have been decorated by area residents who form the Nationality Rooms Committees.

Tours of the rooms run now through Dec. 23 and Jan. 3 through Jan. 13. The rooms will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. An exception is Friday, Nov. 25, with rooms opening at 10 a.m. From Dec. 27 through Dec. 31, the rooms will be open at 10 a.m., with the last tour beginning at 2:30 p.m. The rooms are closed Dec. 24, 25, 26, and Jan.1.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children ages eight to 18. Children under eight are admitted free. For more information about tours, call 412-624-6000. For information on the open house, call 412-624-6150.