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Worcester Art Museum Medieval Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, November 02, 2016


The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) announced new holiday season festivities and programming, centered on its collection of medieval art, arms and armor. 

The new programing "Medieval Holidays: A Month Long Celebration of the Season," features a full schedule of musical performances, family programs, and art making from November 27 through December 21. 

“The castle, the decorations and many of the performances are new this year. For example, we’re using greenery that you would find in medieval gardens — ivy, wheat, holly, boxwood and berries — in very ornamental ways.  Our staff came together to think about programming that is unique to WAM and collection focused,” says Megan Blomgren Burgess, public events coordinator at the Museum.

New Programming 

The Museum’s new celebration of medieval art includes the reopening of the newly redesigned Medieval Galleries on December 17. 

Closed for nearly two years, the galleries will present works of art from the Museum’s medieval collections beside pieces from the John Woodman Higgins Collection of arms and armor, considered to be among the best in the country.

Many of December’s events will be held in the Museum’s grand Renaissance Court, decorated for the season with new medieval-styled decorations. 

Among the notable programs is the Medieval Family Weekend, filled with activities, tours, performances and interactive arts projects. A medieval-style castle installation, decorated for the holidays, welcomes adventurous children keen to explore and provides a photo backdrop fit for a king or queen. 

WAM’s annual Gingerbread Castle Competition invites professional, Business Partner, amateur, and youth submissions.  

Holiday concerts include perennial WAM favorites, the Salisbury Singers and Merrimack Valley Ringers, as well as new additions, including Saint Joseph’s Abbey Choir and the Worcester Hills Recorder Society.

For more information on all events, click here. 


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Get up to the Pumpkin Festival and help them out. 


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