Here’s the story from the Chicago Tribune:
Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens opens its doors with fun, art, and entertainment for all this holiday season. In addition to the estate’s annual Holiday Light Show, starting on Black Friday, Cuneo will present a performance of the classic Velveteen Rabbit, followed by its first Holiday Open House on Dec. 16, and more.
From Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, Cuneo’s Holiday Light Show invites you to take a drive-through tour of the estate decorated in brightly lit holiday figures, including animals, elves, Santa Claus, and more. The show will be held from 6–10 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
Cuneo will also host a staged adaptation of the family classic, The Velveteen Rabbit by Scott Davidson. This Kirk Players’s beautiful rendition of the beloved children’s book by Margery Williams will be filled with enchantment, song, and audience participation. The Velveteen Rabbit will premiere at Cuneo December 3, with performances scheduled on December 4, 10, and 11, from 2–3 p.m.
On December 16, from 6:30–9 p.m., the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens invites the local community to its first-ever Holiday Open House, held in conjunction with the Holiday Light Show. Community members are encouraged to attend and enjoy the holiday festivities and learn more about the mansion and estate.
“The open house will have visits with Santa Claus in the Great Hall, hot chocolate, cookies, Christmas carolers, craft stations for children, tours of the mansion, door prizes, beer and wine for purchase, and much more,” said Kevin Ginty Cuneo general manager. “Admission to the open house is $5 per person, in addition to the $10 Light Show entrance fee. We, the Loyola community and Cuneo family, hope this event opens its doors to those who have never experienced the mansion and its historic grounds.”
Adding to the holiday spirit, 15 to 20 international crèches from the Loyola University Museum of Art’s (LUMA) annual holiday exhibition, Art and Faith of the Crèche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan, will be displayed throughout the mansion from November 26 through December 31, 2011. The full exhibition will be shown at LUMA, located at 820 N. Michigan Avenue on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, from November 19, 2011 through January 15, 2012
For more information on these events, please visit http://www.cuneomansion.org. The Cuneo Mansion and Gardens will also contribute to the Toys for Tots fundraiser throughout the holiday season and visitors to the estate are encouraged bring any canned goods or unwrapped gifts for donation throughout the months of November and December.
- Nick Passarelli