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News : Local Apr 9, 2009 - 2:57 AM

Record number of guests attends reopening of Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

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From Left: Mayor Richard Moccia, Christopher Cooke, LMMM's Chairman of the Board of Trustees (aka Mr. Legrand Lockwood) Connie Cozma (Mrs. Ann Louisa Lockwood) Former Mayors of Norwalk Frank Zullo and Alex Knopp and Executive Director of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Sheldon R. Gerarden
Legislators, political leaders, dignitaries, friends and guests attended the reopening reception of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum on April 1st. Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Christopher Cooke and Docent, Connie Kozma greeted the more than 200 guests in period costumes, as Mr. and Mrs. Legrand Lockwood.

The evening festivities featured harpist Katie Critelli, a sophomore at Darien High School, who was a harpist with the Norwalk Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra for 3 ½ years, played in the Western Regional Orchestra in 2009 and is a member of the Darien High School Orchestra.

Katie has received two prestigious Gold Cup awards for excellence from the American Harp Society at the Fairfield University Young Musicians Festival.

Master of Ceremonies and Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Executive Director, Sheldon R. Gerarden thanked all members and supporters and unveiled the exciting new programs and activities for 2009 to the more than two-hundred guests including state legislators and two former mayors of Norwalk.

“The Mansion is part of the fabric of the city of Norwalk, our history and our future…” Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia told the guests gathered inside the rotunda of the mansion.

Former Mayors Alex Knopp and Frank Zullo also spoke of the mansion’s historical significance and how this “jewel of Norwalk” is a national treasure and should be enjoyed by all Fairfield County residents and visitors.

Attendees included: Tod Bryant, President, Norwalk Preservation Trust; Anthony R. Daddona, Asst. Superintendent, Norwalk Public Schools, Senator Robert Duff, Common Council Majority Leader Bill Krummel, David Park, Chairman of the Norwalk Historical Commission, Ralph and Stacey Roe of Greenwich and Elizabeth Williams, Director, Cinnamon Kidz; Board of Trustees of the LMMM Doug Adams of Fairfield, Patsy Brescia of Norwalk, Linda DiMeglio of Norwalk, Port Draper of Norwalk, Mimi Findlay of New Canaan, Linda Glowienka of Norwalk, Debra Hanson of Norwalk, Doug Hempstead of Norwalk, Connie Nussbaum of Darien, Joe Passero of Norwalk, Victoria Vandamm of Greenwich with her husband Kevin Dailey; Press, TV and Radio John Breunig, Managing Editor, The Advocate, Joseph Pisani, Hersam-Acorn Press Columnist and Principal at The Dilenschneider Group, Nicole Rivard, Editor, Norwalk Citizen, David & Susan Smith and Naiden Stoyanov, Publisher, Norwalk and Stamford Plus Magazines.

At the front door of the mansion, the Lockwoods’ butler for the evening, Brian Fischer, LMMM’s Facility Coordinator, directed the guests to the newly restored library and first floor of the mansion where hors d’oeuvres and desserts were served courtesy of Outdoor Cookers and Garelick & Herbs. Additional sponsors for the opening of the mansion included: Camillo Tuxedos and Sophia’s of Greenwich, Sono Baking Company, Mike Mushak and David Westmoreland for flowers and landscaping, Minuteman Press of Norwalk for invitation printing, Music Box Society International, Photographer Jennifer Rose, The Hour Newspapers, Media sponsor, Off the Vine Wine & Spirits and Triple S.

The Mansion reopened to the public on April 1, 2009. It offers tours Wednesday through Sunday, educational programs and special events.

For information on our education programs, events and rentals please contact 203-838-9799 or e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com

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