The holiday season will be in full swing at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum with lavish Victorian displays and exhibits and events for all ages.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. Tours for the museum and holiday exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Admittance is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Children under 8 are admitted free.
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
A Grand Display of Holiday Traditions: Victorian Era Presents and Decorations November 29, 2013-December 29
Visitors to the Mansion in December will explore the development of American holiday traditions during the Victorian era, including holiday technologies and toys. Each Period Room of this National Historic Landmark will tell a story, such as the Dining Room, which will highlight New Year’s feasts and menus. Throughout the Mansion the exhibit will tell the evolving story of the Christmas tree and its decorations. Visitors will see its evolution from 1850 to 1900s, from small tabletop tree with edibles and handmade ornaments, to lavishly embellished trees that stood on the floor and almost reached the ceiling. The Museum will also explore the Mansion during the 1930s, and the decorations and gift-giving traditions during Florence Mathews era. The exhibit is curated by Raechel Guest. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors, and $6 for children 8-18.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.
Exhibit Reception: Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism December 8, 4-6 p.m.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will host a fundraising reception for its current exhibit entitled, Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism with more than 35 artworks by Norwalk artists Augustus and Richard Smith Daggy. The evening will feature music by Harpist Alix Raspé, and refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods. Raspé has been a student of harp since age 8. She is currently a junior majoring in Harp Performance at New York University. Raspé received the Annapolis Music Festival Maestro Award as an outstanding soloist. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard’s Paul and Morse Halls, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and the United Nations. Proceeds will benefit the Museum’s cultural and educational programs.
The artwork is on loan to the Museum from the City of Norwalk Historical Commission and Private Collections from throughout Connecticut. Co-curators are Norwalk resident Leigh Grant, who recently curated the exhibit “Silvermine Group of Artists” at the Solon Borglum Studio, and Museum Trustee Gail Ingis-Claus of Fairfield, CT, who is also an artist, interior designer, and educator. The reception is sponsored by Investmark & Whole Foods. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Holiday Open House
December 15, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is partnering with the Norwalk Public Library and Matthew Surapine Studio to create a festive family event and several hours of entertainment, all in the spirit of an old-fashioned community celebration. See the schedule of events below:
Santa Claus At the Mansion (12:15 – 1:15 P.M.) – Santa Claus will open the Holiday Open house and spend a full hour at the Mansion greeting children and hearing their Christmas wishes before he heads back to the North Pole.
Story Time at the Mansion (1:15 – 2:15 P.M.) – Listen, sing, dance and shake along with Vicki Oatis, Director of Children’s Library Services at the Norwalk Public Library as she reads books about the holidays, sings classic holiday songs, and moves and grooves with jingle bells and egg shakers. Enjoy the story of Olivia Helps with Christmas, written by IanFalconer, a former resident of Rowayton. Other fun books will be read, and stories will be told using a magnetic board. All rhymes and songs will be interactive and easy to follow along.
Making Merry at the Mansion (2:30 – 3:15 P.M.) – The talented voices of the Matthew Surapine Studio will help spread the Holiday cheer and spirit amid the beautiful surroundings of this landmark. Selections will be taken from the wonderful seasonal music, favorites from our rich musical theater heritage, and the great American Songbook.
Doll and Teddy Bear Victorian Tea Party (3:15 – 4:00 P.M.) – Children are encouraged to dress up, bring a favorite bear, a doll, or a toy, and practice good etiquette, as the Mansion continues its tradition of High Tea during the Holiday season. A tea party bingo will end this playful event with lots of prizes. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by December 7th.
General Admission tickets to the Holiday Open House are $5. Tickets to the Victorian Tea are $10 (advance ticket reservation and purchase required). The Open House is generously sponsored by Pepperidge Farms, Stew Leonard’s, Pierson & Smith, Norwalk Public Library, Mathew Surapine Studio, Party City, and Angelia Mia Bakery.
The Mansion’s Holiday Reception
Wednesday, December 18, 6:30 – 9:00 P.M.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Board of Trustees will hold a Holiday Reception, open to the public, featuring the exhibits, A Grand Display of Holiday Traditions: Victorian Era Presents and Decorations, curated by Raechel Guest, and Two Connecticut Painters: From Impressionism to Regionalism, co-curated by Leigh Grant and Gail Ingis-Claus.
Sponsored by MF DiScala and PB Architects, the Mansion’s Reception will feature pianist Peter DeMarco performing Broadway classics and holiday standards. Guests will be able to walk around throughout the first floor of the Museum and view the contemporary decorations and the two exhibits currently on view. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts generously provided in part by Gilmartin’s Outdoor Cookers and Garelick & Herbs. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members