10/22/2004 - Festival of Traditions Information!

The Mattatuck Museum


The 14th Annual Festival of Traditions


in the City, by the Shore, at the Country

Friday, November 26 through Sunday, December 5, 2004


Festival Hours & Admission:


Friday, November 26: 12:00pm - 4:45pm

Saturday, November 27: 10:00am - 4:45pm

Sunday, November 28: 12:00pm - 5:45pm

Monday, November 29: 10:00am - 4:45pm

Tuesday, November 30: 10:00am - 4:45pm

Wednesday, December 1: 10:00am - 4:45pm

Thursday, December 2: 10:00am - 8:30pm

Friday, December 3: 10:00am - 4:45pm

Saturday, December 4: 10:00am - 4:45pm

Sunday, December 5: 12:00pm - 4:45pm


General Adult Admission: $8.00

Museum Members Admission: $7.00

Children under 12: $5.00

Groups Rates: $5.00 - Call Nina Cherubino to book groups of 10 or more at

203-753-0381 ext. 13


Festival Gala Party!

Friday, December 3 6:30pm - 12:00am

A formal evening amidst the sparkling displays, sponsored by Webster Bank!

Featuring a silent auction with enticing products and services, delicious

dinner buffet by the Exhibition Café, photos with Santa and entertainment by

Ann Hampton Callaway. Stay the whole night for a fun 80s disco dance party

starting at 10:00pm with Sister Funk! $140 per person


Special Events:


Family Crafts Day

Friday, November 26

Family and friends are invited to a Family Crafts Day at the Festival of

Traditions! Come early to take your pick to purchase the most beautiful

trees and displays. Enjoy free craft-making sessions throughout the day.

Free with admission.



Seasonal Magic!

Saturday, November 27

Very hungry caterpillars are invited to a special double feature  lunch

with Santa at the Mattatuck Museum¹s Festival of Traditions and then off to

the magnificent Palace Theater for the Very Eric Carle performance by the

Mermaid Theatre. Enjoy a yummy boxed lunch amidst the sparkling lights at

the museum's Festival. Santa will be there to make all your holiday wishes

come true! The Mermaid Theatre draws upon the magic of puppets and

blacklight to capture the charm and artistry of Eric Carle's stories.

Lunch at the Festival of Traditions, Mattatuck Museum 11:00am  12:00pm or

2:00pm  3:00pm

Very Eric Carle at the Palace Theater 1:00pm or 4:00pm

Tickets for Mattatuck Museum Lunch & Palace Theater Show: $27 Adults, $25


Tickets for Lunch: $12 Adults, $10 Children

For Tickets Call: 203-755-4700



Mattatuck Museum Festival Family Party

Sunday, November 28 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Featuring the Harry Potter Trivia Show, fun activities celebrating cultural

diversity, refreshments, Santa and PJ the juggler! Enjoy the Tree Lighting

Ceremony on the Waterbury Green at 5:30pm.


Festival First Thursdays

Thursday, December 3 5:30pm  8:00pm

"The Jazz Trio" with John Mobilio, Mike Varanelli, and Jim Santucci


A Day of Music

Saturday, December 4

10am  11am: Greater Waterbury Youth Symphony

10:00am  12:30pm: Creativity Safari with Margaret DeMarino

1:00pm: Naugatuck Valley Community College Gospel Choir


School Week Entertainment


Roxy and Tractor Mac: The Story of Children’s Books

Monday, November 29 9:30am

Sesame Street Puppeteer Lisa Buckley brings to life Roxy the Cow and other

barnyard friends. Lisa teams up with the creator of ³Tractor Mac,²

Children¹s Book Author and Illustrator Billy Steers to ring a wonderful and

interactive presentation to their audience.


Tanglewood Marionettes: The Fairy Circus

Tuesday, November 30 9:30am

Featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, “The Fairy

Circus” is a showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The

puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly

through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of

favorite composers! All ages.



Tony Duncan: Serious Juggling & Comedy

Wednesday, December 1 10:30am

He¹ll amaze you with gravity-defying juggling skills and more!!! Backstage

Magazine writes, “one of the most impressive and beautiful acts that I have

seen. There is pure artistry in the precision and geometrical loveliness of

his juggling, and his specialty  rolling a ball around his body, as if it

were magically affixed to him  has to be seen to be believed.” Mr. Duncan

is the 47th Annual International Jugglers Association World Champion and has performed all over in the world, including Denmark and Japan with circus groups, cruise lines, theatre, television commercials and corporate



Bond Street Theatre: Pythagoras Plays the Blues

Thursday, December 2 10:30am & 3:30pm

In this entertaining and thought provoking production, we meet Pythagoras

and Theana, two ancient Greeks who discover and teach each other some of the wonders of math, music and the nature of the universe, including the

infamous Pythagorean Theorem and the Harmonic Series. Sophisticated concepts cleverly demonstrated with comedy, juggling, stilts, masks and music. Grades 4 - 9



Sounds of Afrika: What is Kwanzaa?

Friday, December 3 9:30am

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


For more information about the Festival of Traditions, please visit the website for the Mattatuck Museum at http://www.mattatuckmuseum.org/.