The Mansion’s Costume Ball October 19, 7:00 pm

Image by Miggs B. Design

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will hold, “The Mansion’s Costume Ball,” on Oct. 19, 2024, 7 p.m., at the Shore and Country Club, 220 Gregory Blvd, Norwalk, CT.

The Museum will put its unique spin on a practice that Victorians were obsessed with, including Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, who hosted several costume balls during her long reign. Alva Vanderbilt’s costume party in 1883 was known to be the most extravagant of the Gilded Age. The Mansion’s ball will draw inspiration from these celebrated events to raise funds for its educational and cultural programs. Tickets for the event are $300.

Charles T. Mathews, dressed for a costume ball, c.1890s


The Mansion’s Costume Ball is co-chaired by LMMM Trustees Lynne Byington and Lawrence Cafero, Jr. and will feature special presentations, music, live and silent auctions, and dinner at one of the most beautiful clubs on the Gold Coast with stunning views of the waterfront.


In collaboration with Melissa Truelove owner of The Dance Pointe, based in Greenwich, CT, the Mansion will feature a Gilded Age dance performance highlighting the school’s top students who are also part of The Dance Pointe’s international youth dance company. Ms. Truelove is a Greenwich native with a BFA in dance from the University of Massachusetts’s five college dance department and whose work includes performances with such artists as Jin Win Yu, award-winning dancer and choreographer Janis Brenner, and Leslie Partridge.