Mrs. Claus to Join Party Celebrating the Origin of Santa at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Santa Wethersfield, Conn. (November 27, 2013) – Mrs. S. Claus will make a special guest appearance at the lively Holiday-Preview Party at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum on December 13, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. The museum invited Mrs. Claus, one the season’s most endearing figures, to read aloud the beloved classic, “The Night before Christmas or a Visit of St. Nicholas” while attending the party, and she has graciously accepted. Her appearance will open a special exhibit at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum: “The Night before Christmas: Celebrating the Origin of Santa,” which features enlarged color illustrations from the museum’s rare 1888 copy of “An Account of a Visit of St Nicholas.” Mrs. Claus noted, regretfully, that her husband is quite busy and unable to accompany her to the party.

Guests at the party will enjoy a special candlelight preview of the dazzling holiday decorations throughout the museum. As they stroll from house to house they enjoy delicious food, wine, and live music—ranging from a brass-horn trio to holiday jazz standards—and chat with Mr. and Mrs. Silas Deane, Mrs. Claus, and other characters in period dress.

Admission for the event is $25.Space is limited; reservations are strongly advised and can be made by calling 860-529-0612 ext. 12.

Also, from December 14, 2013 through January 4, 2014, Three Centuries of Christmas tours at the Webb-Deane Stevens Museum demonstrate in fascinating detail how the American holiday season has evolved over the past 300 years. Designed to delight the senses and captivate the imagination, the one-hour guided tours include the museum’s three meticulously restored historic houses. For more information and hours visit our web site: http://www.webb-deane-stevens.org.

About the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum – Located in the heart of Connecticut’s largest historic district, the Museum consists of three authentically restored 18th-century homes that bring Wethersfield’s rich history to life, from the American Revolution to the early 20th century. The museum includes the 1752 Joseph Webb House, which served as George Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters in May 1781, when he met with French General le comte de Rochambeau; the 1770 Silas Deane House, built for a delegate to the Continental Congress and America’s first diplomat to France; and the 1788 Isaac Stevens House, which depicts life in the 18th and 19th centuries through original family objects and includes a new children’s museum.

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Contact: 
Charles Lyle, Executive Director
(860) 529-0612, ext., 14, clyle@webb-deane-stevens.org

Julie Winkel, Media Coordinator
203-815-0800, jwinkel@live.com