Trains, Trains, Trains – and Santa, too, for the holidays at the Wilton Historical Society!
After the familiar Thanksgiving rituals of parades, turkey and football, keep the family fun going, and enjoy the beginning of the holiday season. Take the children in your life to an entrancing afternoon with trains and live entertainment. Dressed for the holidays, the Wilton Historical Society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings are transformed into a train-lovers delight with many different model train layouts winding through tiny towns with a variety of different kinds of buildings, tunnels and even a working Ferris wheel! The display enchants visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and knowledgeable “train engineers” on hand to “talk trains”.
New this year – model trains are toot, toot, tooting upstairs in the Toy Loft, which is filled with the favorite toys of yesteryear. In a special train room for the youngest guests, Thomas the Tank Engine and Brio trains are ready for hands-on fun. The Wilton Historical Society is the place to be – come enjoy the ever-popular Great Trains Holiday Show!
The trains are open Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 – 4:00, and Sundays 12:00 – 4:00.
The Great Trains Holiday Show will run from Friday, November 29, 2018 through Monday, January 21, 2020.
Admission is free for members of the Society; $5 per non-member child and $10 for non-member adults.
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Saturday, November 30
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE 2:00-3:00
TimeOut New York Kids’ BEST PUPPET THEATER IN NYC
WonderSpark Puppets present
The Gingerbread Man
“Run, run, as fast as you can – you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man!”
The classic story of a little running cookie – with a Christmas twist. Watch the Gingerbread Man outwit and outrun various hungry animals – and figure out what he really wants for Christmas. During the show, the children will listen, laugh, interact directly with characters, and can ask questions about puppetry and storytelling afterward. This ancient art form engages the imagination and kickstarts a love of theater at an early age. Best of all, you get a theater experience in a historic barn! Includes a puppet craft activity following the show.
$10 per person
Drop –in! DECORATE A WOODEN TRAIN ENGINE 10:00 – 4:00
See the Great Trains Show on Saturday, and leave some time for the kids to enjoy an art project. They can decorate a wooden train engine, perfect for using as an ornament. Workshop charge: $5 per train
Saturday, December 7
Drop –in! MENDIANTS AND CHOCOLATE BARK FOR KIDS 11:00 – 1:00
A mendiant is a traditional French confection composed of a chocolate disk studded with nuts and dried fruits, usually made during the holidays, and often given as a gift. Like chocolate bark, they can be made with dark, milk or white chocolate. Museum Educator Katherine Karlik will be discussing these holiday sweets as the children make – and sample – some (nut-free)!
Workshop charge: $5.00 per participant
Saturday, December 14
HOLLY JOLLY SATURDAY
What could be more in-the-holiday-spirit than a chance to confide in Santa, see chuffing trains run, savor the scent of gingerbread, and find one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends? Saturday, December 14 is a Holly Jolly day at the Wilton Historical Society, with something for everyone.
SANTA VISITS THE WILTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY 11:00 – 1:00
See the trains before or after a visit with Santa! Leave time to decorate a gingerbread cookie!
Drop-in! GINGERBREAD COOKIE DECORATING WORKSHOP 11:00 – 3:00
A sweet project for the holidays! Workshop charge: $5.00 per participant.
HAVE A SILHOUETTE PORTRAIT MADE!
ARTIST DEBORAH O’CONNOR CREATES HEIRLOOM SILHOUETTE PORTRAITS 11:00 – 3:00
Renowned silhouette artist Deborah O’Connor will create individual portraits cut entirely freehand from paper, using scissors as her only tool. Subjects pose for silhouettes, created in a matter of minutes, which they can take home–the perfect holiday gift, and a future cherished family heirloom. “Cutting silhouettes is basically drawing with a pair of scissors. The only difference is you can’t make any mistakes, as there is no erasing,” Ms. O’Connor says.
Please call 203-762-7257 to book your reservation — a deposit is required.
And for gifting, don’t miss the Betts Store Museum Shop
The Museum Shop, like the original 18th-century Betts Store, always features locally-made and one-of-a-kind items, many hand-crafted. The store is freshly stocked for holiday shopping, and is brimming with an eclectic and interesting collection of affordable finds and follies! At the Betts Store you will discover beautiful gifts for holiday giving, including jewelry, scarves, books, puzzles and letterpress note cards plus nifty toys, games and crafts for kids. There is an excellent selection of home accessories and hostess gifts…unusual candles, honey and jam, artwork, mugs, bowls, cups and tea towels, including a good selection of Wilton-themed items featuring local landmarks. The store is committed to supporting local craftsmen and businesses; all items are made in the U.S.A.
Saturday, December 21
SONGS WITH SANTA! FEATURING MUSIC ON THE HILL 11:00 – 12:30
A singing Santa at the Abbott Barn! Join Music on the Hill with their cheerful hand bells and holiday songs! Perfect for kids, parents and grandparents. Plus a fun jingle-bell craft. No charge.
Saturday, December 28
COLONIAL COOKERY AND CUSTOMS FOR KIDS: To Be Announced
11:00 – 12:30
Colonial Cookery and Customs for Kids workshop at the Wilton Historical Society teaches kids a “reciept” (recipe) used in the Connecticut region. While the food is prepared, they hear about Colonial manners, morals and way of life. The monthly workshops feature relatively simple dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients, adapted for modern kitchens. All participants will sample their own cooking and take home recipe cards – as well as any leftovers! The children will learn how a Colonial kitchen would have operated, in order to appreciate the modern conveniences we take for granted. Previous sessions have made bannock cakes, pease porridge, pickles, an amulet of green peas, apple tansey, fairy butter, pumpkin bread, cranberry shortbread, New Year’s “cakes”, New England chowder, hand pies, cheese and ramp soufflé, and pea and watercress Rappahannock, blackberry maslin and thirded bread.
Suggested for ages 6 – 12. Members: $10; Non-members $15. Space is limited — please register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-762-7257
More great programs to come! Check our Calendar for more fun activities related to the Great Trains Holiday Exhibit!