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Norwalk Mansion Hosts Victorian Open House

The Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum is offering a Victorian Holiday Open House from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday with admission reduced to $5 for the entire family. The event will feature four hours of entertainment, all in the spirit of an old-fashioned community celebration, sponsored by D.J. Douglas, Mrs. Jackie Fowler and Stew Leonard's.

If parents make a reservation by Friday, children can join the fun at the Doll and Teddy Bear Victorian Tea Party. Volunteers in Victorian attire will serve the tea at 3:45 p.m. Dolls, teddy bears and stuffed animals are also welcome to the elegant event. Proper attire is recommended, and a prize will be given for the most creative costume.

For the whole family, from 1 to 2 p.m., the Michael Graham Spring Valley Puppet Theater will present "A Holiday Fantasy" for children 5 and older. That will be followed by folktale favorite "The Three Wishes."

At 2 p.m., Santa Claus will step into the museum's grand entrance. Children can tell Santa everything they want for Christmas as he plans to stay for an hour. At 3 p.m., the Serendipity Chorale of Southern Connecticut will perform.

The museum's shop is also open for expanded hours during the holiday season, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 19. It is also open for tours , which usually cost $10 per adult, $8 for seniors and $6 for children ages 8 to 18, Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. For reservations for the tea party or for information, call 203-838-9799, Ext. 10

The museum is located in Mathews Park, 295 West Ave., Norwalk.

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