11/3/2006 - Mattatuck Museum Sponsored HOLIDAY EVENTS

Mattatuck Museum

16th Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions - Main Street USA!
November 24 – December 2, 2006

The museum transforms into a holiday wonderland with galleries full of elaborately decorated trees, wreaths and displays representing holiday traditions and more. This year’s theme celebrates the image of downtown during the holidays - Main Street USA! Join us for a Holiday Marketplace featuring local antiques and crafts, holiday collections on display, entertainment throughout the week, Lunch with Santa and more!

General Adult Admission: $8.00 Museum Members Admission: $7.00
Children under 12 / Group Rates: $5.00
Call the Education Department to book groups of 10 or more at 203-753-0381 ext. 13

Festival Gala – Silver Bells in the City
Friday, December 1, 6:30pm – 11:00pm
The Gala event of the year! "Silver Bells in the City" a tribute to the great holiday movie classics of the 1940s & 1950s. Enjoy dancing with the Harold Zinno Band, an Oscar-winning dinner prepared by Bay Leaf Gourmet, a fabulous silent auction, and a fun filled interactive evening with many surprises!!! This will be a sold out event, make your reservations today! Attire: Glamorous Hollywood at the Holidays! $100 members, $110 non-members.

Friday, November 24
Bring an unwrapped toy or game today and receive $1 off admission
Festival Tree Trimming & Bank Street Parade!
Join us for the first day of our Festival with refreshments, tree trimming and more. We’ll have a parade to deliver our special holiday trees for Bank Street businesses starting at 12 noon. Crafters and vendors will be on hand selling their wares.

Saturday, November 25
Bring an unwrapped toy or game today and receive $1 off admission.
Lunch with Santa 11:30 am to 12:30pm
A yummy boxed lunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus amidst the amazing holiday displays! See the Webster Bank Train Depot and festive displays! Wandering magician Elac’s Magic will delight all ages, transforming balloons into animals and hats, and magic tricks, too! Stay for a full Magic Show to be presented at 1:00pm.

Lunch and admission for adults is $12, and $10 for children. Includes boxed lunch and admission. Reservations are required.

Sunday, November 26
Today will feature children’s book author Jeff Varney, who will be available all day for book signings and special readings in our Book Nook. We’ll also have a display of Silpada jewelry available for sale.

Dance Spectacular with local groups Brass City Ballet and Woodbury Ballet 12:30pm
Post University ALBA Chorus – Italian Holiday Songs 1:30pm
Children’s Community School Whippoorwills Chorus: 4:00pm

Monday, November 27 10am
The Magic of Christopher
Have you ever witnessed unexplainable events, or seen illusions so convincing that they leave you fascinated...almost spellbound? 0

Tuesday, November 28 10am
Airborne Jugglers

Guaranteed to amuse and delight all ages, this Dynamic Duo blend their expertise in juggling and comedy with a bit of wacky magic for an overall high-energy, high-impact show.

Wednesday, November 29 10am
Elac’s Magic

Enter the crazy world of Elac and his reason-defying magic!

Thursday, November 30 10am
What is Kwanzaa? with Sounds of Afrika
Learn about this 30 year old Afrikan-American Holiday as Sounds of Afrika performs a pre-Kwanzaa celebration. The celebration will feature Libations, Afrikan dancing and drumming, history of Kwanzaa, explanation of the symbols of Kwanzaa and a interactive lighting of the candles ceremony. Sounds of Afrika has been celebrating Kwanzaa in communities throughout the NY tri-state area for close to 10 years and encourages families to celebrate this holiday.

Sounds of Afrika Encore: 3:30pm

Friday, December 1 10am
Jack and the Beanstalk by Nappy’s Puppets
This version of the classic story is based on the Appalachian folktale and presented in four parts. In between, there’s a roller coaster ride of short stories, vignettes and songs from children's literature, traditional puppet theater, and the imagination of the puppeteer. The show features hand-crafted shadow figures and is fast paced, action-packed, and full of laughs.

Saturday, December 2:
Greater Waterbury Youth Symphony 11am
Unity Dance Ensemble Kwanzaa Open House 1pm