Mattatuck Exhibit Shares ‘A Very Chase Christmas’

Holidays in 19th Century Waterbury: A Very Chase Christmas will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 3, and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, at the Mattatuck Museum, 63 Prospect St., Waterbury. Participants will be able to explore what a New England Christmas was like, from the origin of the Christmas tree to letters from Santa and ornate Victorian presents and explore how the Greater Waterbury community celebrated the holidays.

WATERBURY — The Mattatuck Museum, 63 Prospect St., will offer several programs and exhibits in December. Holidays in 19th Century Waterbury: A Very Chase Christmas will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 3, and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 11. Historian Christina Volpe will discuss holiday pieces from the collection of Chase Family Papers, which are part of the Mattatuck Museum archives.

Participants will be able to explore what a New England Christmas was like, from the origin of the Christmas tree to letters from Santa and ornate Victorian presents and explore how, beyond the Chase family, the Greater Waterbury community celebrated the holidays.

Ms. Volpe will explore the ways the various working and immigrant communities celebrated the holidays.

The cost is $7 for members or $15 for general admission.

Winter Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 7 and family and friends are invited to visit Santa.

There will also be the opportunity to create winter-themed crafts with hot chocolate and cookies and as jazz guitarist Ron Vitarelli plays soothing holiday music.

Those who attend are asked to bring an unwrapped toy donation to put under the tree.

There will be chem-mysteries with the Connecticut Science Center at 11 a.m.

The cost is $5 per family.

Sneakerheadz Film Night is a meeting where sneaker enthusiasts can show off their new kicks and watch the movie from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12, at Tristans Clothing Boutique, 86 Bank St.

After the film, viewers can participate in a facilitated discussion with Dee Wells, founder of Future Focus Media Co-op and Youth Training Institute.

The cost is $3 for members or $5 for general admission.

Information and registration are available at mattmuseum.org or by calling 203-753-0381.

Yoga in the Galleries takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays to provide an all-levels flowing yoga class with instructor Alex Capaldo.

Participants are encouraged to bring a mat.

The cost is $8 for members, $12 for non-members or $3 for Brass members.

Tai Chi will run from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays in the galleries with certified Tai Chi instructor Joe Atkins.

Tai Chi classes allow practitioners to find energy and stamina, improve balance, flexibility and mobility and reduce stiffness and soreness.

All levels are welcome and the fee is $8 for members, $12 for non-members or $3 for Brass members.

Sketching with the Masters will allow participants to enjoy self-guided time with graphite or colored pencils, erasers and sketch pad in the galleries before public hours, from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays.

The cost is $5 for members or $10 for non-members.

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