• 12:00 - Unveiling of the Secret Word | Holiday Specials
  • 1:00 - Lunch
  • 2:00 - Crafting - Stockings | Photobooth opens
  • 3:00 - Gingerbread house construction
  • 4:00 - Hoot Capsule: Future Hoots and Dreams for 2017 | Unveiling Hoot Capsule from 2016 | Astrologer
  • 6:00 - Schnapped | Dinner
  • 7:00 - Holiday Mad Libs
  • 8:00 - Drunken Dreidel
  • 9:00 - Holiday Hootenanny Gift Exchange
  • 10:00 - Christmas Tale | Solstice Celebration | Bootenanny
  • 11:00 - Holiday Hootenanny toast | Hoot Carols
  • Secret Word
    You know what to do when anyone says the secret word, right? For the rest of the day, whenever anybody says the secret word, scream really loud. This year's secret word is...you'll have to find out!

    Gingerbread House
    Knusper, knusper, knäuschen, wer knuspert an meinem Häuschen? Spend some time channeling your inner construction worker by building a gingerbread house. We'll supply the kit - you supply the architectural insight.

    This year, we will be making stockings!

    Hoot Capsule
    In the midst of the frivolity and frantic energy of the Holiday Hootenanny, we should take some time to reflect on the important moments of the past year as well as look to the future. In that spirit, we'd like you to add some notes to the Hoot Capsule. Write your name and your answer on the cards provided. Before dropping it into the Hoot Capsule, check the box if you're comfortable with us sharing your note next year when we open the Hoot Capsule.

    While the Holiday Hootenanny is a great opportunity to reflect on the past year with old and new friends, it also provides the chance to prepare for the future. Are you wondering what 2018 - or even further down the calendar - has in store for you? During this year's Hoot, you'll have the chance to ask Patty the Astrologer one question about the future. Get ready for the new year, and sign up when you arrive. We'll have people ask their questions over the phone in order.

    Schnapped is a delightful bartending challenge with two rounds. In the first round, you will be given a variety of ingredients and 5 minutes to make a shot for the judges to sample. In the second round, you will be given a variety of ingredients and 5 minutes to make a drink for the judges to sample. Whoever wins will be celebrated at next year’s Hootenanny, with their drink as the Signature 2017 Holiday Hootenanny drink. Make sure to sign up once arriving at the Hoot!

    Drunken Dreidel
    Players sit in a circle with the dreidel in the center. Each person should have a beverage (with or without alcohol - safety is also the name of the game.) take turns spinning the dreidel and follow these rules:
    Shin (ש) - spinner drinks
    He (ה) - spinner picks someone to drink
    Nun (נ) - nothing happens
    Gimel (ג) - everyone but spinner drinks until the dreidel next falls

    Holiday Hootenanny Gift Exchange
    Place your gift under the tree and sign the guestbook in the dining room and mark the column labeled 'Gift?' At 9:00, we will randomly order the list, and you will select their gifts in the order determined by the list.

    Solstice Celebration
    This solemn event is a way to leave any unwanted thing behind in 2017. You'll have the chance to write down that thing (or things), share it with everyone (if you'd like to), and we'll burn it.