Winterlights: Celebrating the Season
Thu., December 7 at 7:00 pm
- ASL Interpretation
About the Show
Museum tours Dec. 1-31, 2017 (Tues.-Sun. 1:00); Purcell-Cutts House tours Nov. 25 – Dec. 31, 2017 (various times; weekends only; no tours Dec. 24).
At Mia, winter holidays encompass Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Dewali, New Year’s, Eid al-Adha, Bodhi Day, and more. Celebrate the season with objects from the permanent collection that tell the stories of festivities around the world. Also, the Prairie School–style Purcell-Cutts House will be decorated for the holidays to reflect the upper-middle-class, “progressive” lifestyle of the Purcells around 1915. Forty-five–minute tours led by costumed docents will emphasize the gifts, toys, food, and social traditions of the period. Many people had begun to reject Victorian knickknacks in favor of useful gifts that reflected modern aesthetic values of simplicity and function. Decorations include a Christmas tree decorated mainly with handmade paper ornaments, some in the Japanese style. Shuttle service between Mia and the Purcell-Cutts House leaves Mia 15 minutes before scheduled tour times at the house.