Are you ready to hear some bel canto? Do you have your libretto? Well put your opera capes on! It’s time to enjoy “A Holiday at the Opera” at the Osborne Homestead Museum! Celebrate the holidays at the Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby, Connecticut and learn about some of the world’s famous operas. The holiday tours will run from November 24 through December 17, 2017. Tours will be offered Thursdays through Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM. On Fridays, December 1, 8, and 15, 4 PM to 7 PM, the museum will present “Twilight Tours” to display the shimmering glow of the decorations.
For more than thirty years, volunteers have created the gorgeous holiday decorations at the museum. These talented and committed volunteers are Derby Garden Society, Garden Club of Orange, Long Hill Garden Club, Naugatuck Garden Club, Olde Ripton Garden Club of Shelton, Oxford Garden Club, Jen Plasky of American Institute of Floral Designers, Roxbury/Bridgewater Garden Club, Women Redefining Retirement Milford, and Ye Olde Kellogg Garden Club.
This year’s holiday theme will pay tribute to Frances Osborne Kellogg’s love of the opera. She frequently attended the Metropolitan Opera, and her uncle Henry Krehbiel was a famous music and opera critic. As president of the Women’s Club, Frances invited many opera singers, such as Caterina Jarbora, John Brownlee, and Marjorie Lawrence, to perform in Derby. Because of her love of this musical genre, each room will represent operas seen by Frances and her family and friends.
Visitors will also get a chance to support local farms and small businesses at the Holiday Farm Market in the Kellogg Environmental Center located behind the museum. The Holiday Farm Market will be held on Friday, December 1 from 4 PM to 7 PM and Saturday, December 2 from 9 AM to 12 PM. Choose from a wide variety of products, such as CT Grown produce, meat products, beauty and bath products, scented candles, and much more!
Admission is FREE and donations are gratefully accepted. The Kellogg Environmental Center and Osborne Homestead Museum, operated by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, are located off Route 34 on 500 Hawthorne Avenue in Derby, CT. To register for group tours and for more information, please call (203) 734-2513, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ct.gov/deep/Kellogg