Saturday, July 27, 2013 — WINSTON-SALEM – Reynolda House Museum of American Art will celebrate the 2013 holiday season with decorations throughout the historic house, after-hours candlelight tours, a performance by the Carolina Brass, and a play by Truman Capote.
From Nov. 26 through Dec. 31, the historic 1917 home of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds will be decorated with magnolia leaves, nandina berries, and other natural greenery inspired by the decorations that Katharine Reynolds might have used. Holiday greeting cards from the museum archives will be on display, and carols will be played on the original Aeolian organ Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons at approximately 2:45 p.m. Group sales for tours of the museum for eight or more visitors are available at a discount admission rate. Call 336.758.5394 to arrange a guided tour during the holiday season; advance scheduling recommended.
Candlelight tours of the historic house will be Thursday Dec. 5, Friday Dec. 6 and Saturday Dec. 7. Tours begin on the half-hour from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and are guided by museum staff and docents, and feature stories about the Reynolds family holiday traditions, period decorations and an organist playing carols on the historic home’s original Aeolian organ. Katharine Reynolds’s monogrammed china, rarely displayed in a table setting, will be on view in the dining room.
The ticket price for the candlelight tours includes light refreshments and live entertainment each night by the Grimsley High School Madrigals (Thursday), the Central Carolina Children’s Chorus (Friday), and RJR ACappella (Saturday). Tickets for the candlelight guided tour are $12 for members and students (18 and under) and $18 for non-members. Advance purchase is recommended.
Reynolda House will present the popular Carolina Brass for a holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. From the elegance and grace of classical pieces to the hard-driving sound of the Big Band era, Carolina Brass takes audiences on a musical sleigh ride through favorites of the season. Formed in 1997, the group engages the audience through humor and virtuosity infused throughout their performance. Admission is $15, $10 for members and students.