The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

July 27, 2013

Holidays at Reynolda Feature Candlelight Tours, Carolina Brass Concert, Historic House Decorations


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.

Finally, a longstanding Reynolda House holiday tradition returns, the one-woman play “A Christmas Memory” on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Children and adults are sure to be warmed by Truman Capote’s tale of his own humble childhood holiday traditions. Admission is $15, $10 for members and students.

Advance purchase to all holiday events is recommended; tickets are on sale starting Nov. 1 by calling 336.758.5150. Visit for more information.

  1. About Reynolda House

Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its collection.   Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events.   The museum is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a spectacular public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails. For more information, please visit or call 336.758.5150.