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Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum holiday exhibit

By Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

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The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, at 295 West Ave., will kick off the 2012 Holiday Season with a look at holiday traditions through the years.

A Grand Holiday at the Mansion: From Victorian to Modern, curated by Raechel Guest, LMMM Curator, will run from Fri.-Sun., Nov. 23, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013. Regular tour hours: Wed.-Sun., noon- 4 p.m. General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children and young adults ages 8-18.

A Grand Holiday at the Mansion: From Victorian to Modern will start at noon Friday, November 23, 2012, the day after Thanksgiving, with the unveiling of Victorian holiday exhibits displayed throughout the first floor. Period rooms will be decorated to show changing traditions from the 1850s through 1890s with many different Christmas trees, a holiday table setting, and Victorian children’s toys. A special treat this year will be a display of holiday traditions from the early 1930s drawing inspiration from a letter written by Florence Mathews, the last resident of the Mansion, in 1933.

Contemporary Holiday Decorations at the Mansion
Contemporary decorations will be displayed throughout the Mansion’s first floor. The Grand Staircase designed by Herter brothers and considered a masterpiece of domestic Victorian architecture in America will feature decorations by Danna DiElsi, owner of the Silk Touch in Norwalk, CT. Beautifully-decorated and lit garlands will lay the entire length of the stairs on both sides. Ms. DiElsi has more than 18 years of design experience and uses only the finest imported silk for all her floral arrangements. A large Christmas tree on the landing of the Grand Staircase will be adorned with lights and decorations by LMMM Trustee Maury Rose and Phyllis Rose, owners of the Maury Rose Group, an interior design firm in Greenwich, CT.

The Mansion’s vestibule with vaulted ceiling, American walnut wainscot, and burnished English walnut panels will be decorated by LMMM Trustee Victoria Vandamm of Vandamm Interiors in Stamford, CT. Ms. Vandamm’s work is featured all over the country and in Europe. The magnificent Entrance Hall with its four columns of Florentine marble, carved walnut mantel and statuary will be decorated by interior designer and LMMM Trustee Linda Fontaine, of Linda Fontaine Design. Ms. Fontaine has been in business for more than 30 years and is an ASID Allied member.

A full schedule of LMMM’s programs for the 2012 holiday season will be available next week.

LMMM’s 2012 programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from LMMM’s Distinguished Benefactors: Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Maurice Goodman Foundation and Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown.

During the season, full tours at the Mansion are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children and young adults ages 8-18. Children under 8 are admitted free. Tour hours are noon- 4 p.m., Wed.-Sun. Tours are on the hour, and the last tour is at 3 pm. For information on programs or events, call 203-838-9799 or e-mail:

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