2013 has been Villa Finale’s most successful year of programs and events to date. To close the year, we have a series of programs to celebrate the holiday season perfect for every member of the family. To begin, the house is now decorated inside, and out, for Christmas. Walter Mathis enjoyed decking out his home for the holidays and we are fortunate enough to have nearly all of his original Christmas decorations. To read a past blog post by curator, Meg Nowack about the Mathis decorations, click here.
The holiday programming begins this week with the first of our two scheduled dates for the holiday version of our popular Music for Your Eyes tour (both dates of the Music for Your Eyes – Holiday are sold out). Like our year-round version of the special evening tour, Music for Your Eyes – Holiday focuses on demonstrations and fun historic information on the music machines in Villa Finale’s collections but with a fun holiday twist. At the end of the tour, guests enjoy a fifteen-minute concert of traditional Chirstmas classics provided by Villa Finale’s 1921 Bechstein-Welte reproducing piano, located in the grand Napoleon Parlors. (The first date for the regular version of the tour is scheduled for February 6, 2014. Click here for details.)
On Thursday, December 12th, we will be hosting the second annual outdoor holiday concert, The Sounds of Christmas at Villa Finale featuring the San Antonio Brass for 2013. The San Antonio Brass will be playing upbeat favorites as well as classics from Villa Finale’s front porch. Admission to the concert ($25.00 non-members, $20.00 members) includes light holiday refreshments. Gate opens at 6:00pm and the concert will begin at 6:30pm. The setting for the concert provides a holiday experience like no other!
To “wrap up” the holiday offerings, Villa Finale will be introducing its new series Silver Screen Classics in the Garden with a FREE outdoor screening of the Frank Capra classic, It’s a Wonderful Life on Thursday, December 19th at 6:00pm. Bring warm blankets, chairs, and pets on leash … we did say something for EVERY member of the family! Villa Finale will have complimentary hot beverages and holiday treats available for purchase. The screening begins at 6:00pm, but if you arrive early, you can secure a place next to one of our heaters. Also, in the spirit of the film, we invite you to bring non-perishable food items as a collection for the San Antonio Food Bank. Or, you may bring a new, unwrapped toy as a donation for the St. PJ’s Children’s Home. (To see a wish list of items for St. PJ’s, click here.) There will be a follow-up blog post about the Silver Screen Classics in the Garden series in the near future, so be on the look out!
For more information about these or future programs, or to make a reservation for the 2013 The Sounds of Christmas at Villa Finale featuring San Antonio Brass, call Visitor Services at (210) 223-9800. Thank you for a wonderful year, San Antonio!