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University Unions' Winter Whirl offers holiday entertainment, refreshment and community

For units that lack the inspiration to plan a holiday party of their own, or for those that would like to interact with other people they don't encounter in the regular workday, University Unions has created a new celebration called the Winter Whirl.

Taking place at the Michigan League from 3:35 p.m. Dec. 14, the Winter Whirl will provide a festive environment for the University community to celebrate the year's end. Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their colleagues for an afternoon of entertainment, fun and holiday cheer.

Organizers say the Whirl was created from the thoughts of members of smaller University units that would like to enjoy entertainment, food and fun times without the hassles of planning all the details.

Activities will include a variety of entertainment options, including a guest performance by the Friars, music played by Robin Routenberg, group photos to be taken in front of a hand-painted winter scene, a 5-foot chocolate fountain for dipping fruits and sweets, a coffee bar and hors d'oeuvres, among other enjoyable events.

"University Unions is dedicated to providing programs and events to both U-M students and staff," says Audrey Schwimmer, Michigan League director. "The Winter Whirl is designed primarily for U-M employees to enjoy an afternoon of relaxation during the hectic holiday month. It is our hope that the event will bring a variety of University departments together in celebration."

"We have beautiful spaces and professional staff to plan these types of events, and by spreading the costs out over many departments, it is much more affordable for everyone," Schwimmer says.

The cost is $20 per person. The department or hosting party must pay in advance. Credit cards, personal checks and short codes will be acceptable modes of payment. Reservations are encouraged and strongly preferred.

For more information contact Schwimmer at 763-5792 or e-mail her at

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