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Cool Off With Ice Cream Social At Norwalk's Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

Young visitors enjoy the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Ice Cream Social in 2015.
Young visitors enjoy the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Ice Cream Social in 2015. Photo Credit: Sarah Grote Photography

NORWALK, Conn. – The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will launch its third annual ice cream social on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. in Mathews Park, 295 West Ave., Norwalk.

Wilton resident Hunter Arton and Andy Garfunkel of Norwalk will co-chair the event, which features a wide range of family-friendly entertainment for children and adults.

“We are excited to welcome the community to our annual Ice Cream Social. This year's event will celebrate the Museum's 50th anniversary with a nod to the 1960s,” said Arton.

A clown, a mouse tale, music, magic and, of course, plenty of ice cream will kick off this cherished summer event where visitors will shop at booths hosted by a variety of local crafters and take part in a wide range of fun, family-friendly activities.

A coloring station and an assortment of games such as Badminton, Jacob’s Ladder, marbles, Magic Fish, Jump Rope, Deer Hunter, Game of Graces and more will be on hand to entertain children of all ages. Visitors will also be able to view a vintage 1960s car display and rummage through a jumble sale where for a few dollars they might find a treasure.

Following an introduction by Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and the National Anthem along with a variety of 1960s favorites performed by Stamford’s Westhill High School, featured entertainment will also include performances by Rubberband of Norwalk, the Darien Academy of Dance and the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance of Norwalk and West Haven.

In the museum’s gift shop, children’s book author Michele Manning will be on hand to meet readers and aspiring writers and sign the highly acclaimed “Great CT Caper,” a suspense story written for middle school students by 12 Connecticut authors and illustrated by 12 state artists. Manning’s Chapter 10 features LMMM in “Mayhem at the Mansion.” The Great CT Caper is sponsored by the CT Humanities.

For a reduced $5 admission, the mansion will offer mini-tours of its Period Rooms and its current exhibits.

While general admission to the event is free along with 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 designated locations in Mathews Park.

Click here for more information or call 203-838-9799.

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