THE DANBURY MUSEUM and Historical Society will host an evening of Colonial Dance and Dining as part of this year’s First Night 2012 celebrations.
On Saturday, December 31, the historic Rider House at 43 Main Street will be the setting for a delicious traditional colonial meal, and everyone is invited to work up their appetite beforehand with a colonial dance lesson.
THE DANBURY MUSEUM and Historical Society will host an evening of colonial dance and dining as part of this year’s First Night 2012 celebrations.
On Saturday, December 31 from 4 to 6pm, the historic Rider House at 43 Main Street will be the setting for a traditional, colonial meal that includes Butternut, Parsnip & Pear Soup, White Bean & Turkey Stew with Root Vegetables (vegetarian version will be available), Corn Bread and Indian Pudding.
Dinner will be served on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (203)743-5200.
The cost of the dinner is $15 for adults and $10 for children but will be discounted if you present a First Night button to $10/adult and $6/children. First Night buttons are now available for sale in the museum gift shop.
Work up your appetite beforehand by joining colonial dance master, Fran Hendrickson, for a colonial dance lesson, music and history from 4 to 5pm. This is a participatory activity and you’re welcome to come in costume if you like. This event is free and open to the public.
“Though we may be a bit off the beaten track, we hope you’ll join us in the Rider House before setting out for other CityCenter venues. In fact, you’ll be starting your evening in what is a very historic part of our Main Street – the original Towne Center of Danbury,” noted Brigid Guertin, executive director. “The victuals, the atmosphere and the colonial dancing will be a great kickoff to the night’s activities and promises to be a fun, history-filled event for all ages.”
In the days leading up to the First Night New Year’s Eve celebration, the museum will be offering a colonial craft and story time series for children ages 5 and up. On December 27, 28, and 29th from 9:30 to 11:00am, youngsters will be introduced to life during colonial times with an age appropriate craft and story. Each session is $10.00, or register for all three for $25.00. Parents and caregivers are required to remain on site. You can register your child by emailing email@example.com or by calling (203)743-5200.
The Danbury Museum & Historical Society was formed in 1947 to acquire, preserve, exhibit and interpret New England’s past; focusing particularly on the heritage of Danbury. Situated in downtown Danbury, the museum preserves the John and Mary Rider House (c.1785), the Dodd Hat Shop (c. 1790), the Marian Anderson Studio and the Charles Ives Birthplace. Huntington Hall, a modern exhibit building houses the museum offices and research library.