Photo by Sarah Grote, courtesy of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Santa Claus listens to children’s wishes, 2015 (contributed photo)
Norwalk, CT - On Sunday, December 11, 2016, 12-4 p.m. at 295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will collaborate with the Norwalk Public Library, New Canaan Dance Academy, Matthew Surapine Studio, and North Pole’s Santa Claus to create a festive event and several hours of entertainment for people of all ages.
Visitors will have an opportunity to view the exhibit, Holiday Splendor at the Mansion: Christmas and New Year’s Celebrations, enjoy music and dance surrounded by the glittering lights and beautiful displays throughout the first floor, and stop by the Mansion’s Café, featuring complimentary refreshments served by the Mansion’s costumed interpreters courtesy of Stew Leonard’s. General Admission to the Holiday Open House is $5 per person.
A Special Reading (12: -12:30 p.m.)
Children of all ages are welcome to the festively adorned Mansion Rotunda, where white and colored snowflakes will be the background for a special holiday reading offered by the Norwalk Public Library.
Santa Claus with Reindeer (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
Santa Claus and his loyal reindeer will make their way into the Music Room and spend a full hour greeting children and hearing their Christmas wishes before they head back to the North Pole for their big night.
Courtesy of NCDA posing with Laura Marano, Madison Square Garden, 2016 (contributed photo)
New Canaan Dance Academy (2- 2:45 p.m.)
The Mansion will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at the Holiday Open House with an exciting dance performance by New Canaan Dance Academy, one of the most dynamic and talented dance schools in Fairfield County. In September, NCDA students were chosen to be the Madison Square Garden back up dancers at the half time show of the WNBA Liberty game with Laura Marano; they will also be performing at the NBA game on March 5, 2017. At the Holiday Open House, NCDA will be performing a mix of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical dance performances. NCDA was founded in 2001 by Elaine Young.
Matthew Surapine Studio (3-3:45 p.m.) will take center stage and perform a selection of holiday favorites, ranging from classical masterpieces to music from the Great American Songbook. Studio students who primarily attend, Darien High School, Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, and Stamford High School, have performed in regional and state music festivals.
Mr. Surapine, a nationally acclaimed opera singer who has been welcomed at major opera houses across the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera, to name a few, will see one of his students perform at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2017 as part of the All High School Voice Festival.
The event is generously sponsored in part by First Niagara Risk Management. The Museum’s 2016 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown; and The LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation. Tour hours: Wed.-Sun., noon, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children and young adults, ages 8-18, $6. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail email@example.com, or call 203-838-9799.