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Holiday Happenings
Moody Mansion Hosts Annual Holiday Open House
News Release
Thursday, November 29, 2007


Amateur pianists who don’t normally get to play a vintage Steinway piano will have that unusual opportunity Sunday, December 9, when Galveston’s Moody Mansion holds its annual free open house.

“It’s a chance to gather the family ‘round a fine grand piano, play Christmas carols, enjoy cookies and punch and tour the museum,” said Betty Massey, Executive Director of the Mary Moody Northen Endowment.

“This is our first Christmas with the Steinway,” Massey said, “and we want to feature it as a major part of our annual holiday open house.”

The vintage Steinway baby grand piano was donated to the mansion last spring by the grandchildren of Thelma Hanslip in her memory. The instrument dates to the 1930s and is in excellent condition.

Anyone wishing to play Christmas carols on the piano should call the Moody Mansion at 762-7668 to schedule a time between noon and 3 p.m. Sunday, December 9.

“You don’t have to be a Van Clyburn,” Massey said, “and this isn’t Carnegie Hall. It’s just a pleasant way to spend a holiday afternoon. The house is decked with poinsettias, greenery and lights, we have Christmas exhibits of ornaments and collectibles, and we hope the community will enjoy playing and hearing carols on the antique piano.”

“We suggest that while they are at the Mansion, our guests visit the gift shop, to see if there’s a special gift for family and friends who love Galveston and her history as much as we do,” she said.

The Moody Mansion is the restored home of the W.L. Moody, Jr., family, one of the wealthiest and most influential families in 20th Century Texas. Located at 2618 Broadway, it is open for tours daily, and plans the annual holiday open house as a gift to the citizens of Galveston.

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