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Holiday Fun Arrives at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Cuneo Hosts a Handful of Holiday Festivities at the Estate Starting on November 25
CHICAGO, November 14, 2011 — 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 November 25, Cuneo will present a performance of the classic Velveteen Rabbit, followed by its first Holiday Open House on December 16, 2011, and more.
From November 25 through December 31, 2011, 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 adaption 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 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.
About the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Construction on the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens began in 1908 and stopped during the first World War.It was completed in 1918 as the home of Samuel Insull, the creator of Commonwealth Edison and a leading businessman of the 1920s, and designed by Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall in the Italianate style. Its gardens and landscaping were designed by world-renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. In 1937, John Cuneo Sr. bought the home. He and his wife, Julia, had two children, John Jr. and Consuela, whom they raised on the estate. John Sr. owned and operated Hawthorn Mellody Farms Dairy, the National Tea Company, and the Cuneo Press. The mansion, which opened to the public as the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in 1991, now called Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, houses the Cuneo family collection of fine antiques, paintings by world-famous artists, tapestries, sculptures, silver, and porcelain. In December 2009, the Cuneo Foundation, the family foundation of John Cuneo Jr. and his wife, Herta, donated the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens and its nearly 100 surrounding acres, an extensive collection of art and furnishings, and an in-kind distribution of funds to Loyola University Chicago, establishing the estate under Loyola’s ownership.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.