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Victorian Ice Cream Social Opens the Summer Programs at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

By Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

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In the foreground, High-Wheeler Jim Miller from Norwalk, from the left, LMMM education coordinator Midge Lopat, (Darien) Briggs High School student and LMMM intern Maria Arce, (Norwalk) Rose Carroll and Face Painting team from Brien McMahon High School students Gisella and Irene Surapine. (contributed photo)
Norwalk, CT - On June 22, 2014, 12-5 p.m., the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will recreate the atmosphere of a bygone era in Mathews Park by bringing back a highlight of summer during the Gilded Age. Mary-Pat Cottrell and Lynne Byington will co-chair the event which features a wide range of educational and family-friendly entertainment.

Trustee Mary-Pat Cottrell said, “We are excited that the Museum will provide a glimpse into its Victorian past with our Ice Cream Social and provide great fun for everyone, while highlighting a National Historic Landmark.” Children will play popular Victorian lawn games such as croquet and badminton and participate in turn-of-the-century activities like Maypole dancing. Visitors will learn how ice cream was made in the mid-to-late nineteenth century and how it became widely popular with the invention of the hand-cranked ice cream machine. “This will be a fun yet educational way for children to experience history” said Trustee Lynne Byington.

From the left, LMMM face painting team LMMM volunteers Gisella and Irene Surapine with (clown) Rose Carroll (contributed photo)
Featured entertainment will include: James Miller and his antique “High Wheeler” bicycles, (a 1887 New Mail and an 1898 Liberty Tribune made in Bridgeport, CT); music by The Norwalk Community Chorale and the Usual Suspects Barbershop Quartet; 15 year old magician Ben Zabin; illusionist, juggler, comedian Jason Pipitone; and much more. LMMM’s costumed historical interpreters will wander through the crowds, interacting with children and adults alike while they bring the Mansion’s history to life. Palm readers will tell the future as visitors explore the past, Irene and Gisella Surapine will offer face painting to children of all ages, and Victorian interpreters Paul and Hadley Veeder will narrate the Mouse Mansion story written by author Judith Rodriguez. A children’s hat contest for 12 year olds and under will feature special prizes for the most original creations. Photography courtesy of Sarah Grote Photography.

While general admission to the event is free and so are selected programs, the museum will charge for some of the activities and for all food sold during the event. Tickets will be available at LMMM’s booths at the designated locations in Mathews Park.
The Museum will be open for mini-tours. Guests will be invited to walk throughout the Museum’s period rooms on the first floor and enjoy the beauty of this Victorian era Mansion for only $5.

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