VILLA FINALE: MUSEUM & GARDENS

Calendar of Programs & Events at Villa Finale

Upcoming at Villa Finale
Please call Visitor Services during regular business hours at (210) 223-9800 for all program reservations or more information.


(Payment must be made for all programs with an admission price at the time of reservation) 

December

3 - King William Holiday Home Tour (11:00am - 5:00pm)
The King William Association (KWA) is planning to “Kick-Off” the celebration of its 50th Anniversary with a Holiday Home Tour & Fair on Saturday, December 3, 2016. In a nod to past years when the Home Tour and Fair were held on the same day, we are adding a Fair to this year’s biennial tour of five King William Historic houses. The first floor of Villa Finale Museum and the San Antonio Art League Museum will also be included on the tour.

The Fair will take place around the gazebo in King William Park on Turner and King William Streets. The hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. In addition to food and craft vendors, KWA will be selling collectable holiday ornaments and a 50th Anniversary commemorative medal and T-shirts. The Fair is Free to attend, while the Home Tour has an admission fee. 

The five residences on the Home Tour will be conveniently located near the fair on King William Street. Pre-sale ($15) and day of event ($20) tickets will be available for the tour. 

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8 - Music for Your Eyes - Holiday! (6:30pm - 7:30pm)

Guests to Villa Finale will see beautiful sights and be treated to unique sounds during our special tour, Music for Your Eyes.  This evening experience highlights the music machines in the museum’s collection with demonstrations of unique music boxes, antique turntables and more.  During this seasonal version of the tour, museum staff will share comical and little-known holiday anecdotes about the pieces, their inventors, songs played and Christmas traditions around the world.  The tour ends with a fifteen-minute concert of traditional holiday songs played on Mr. Mathis’s automated 1921 Bechstein-Welte reproducing piano, located inside one of the home’s lavish parlors.  Guests will be treated to a glass of champagne as they sit back to enjoy the beautiful music of the season!  Space is limited.

$20.00 non-members
$15.00 members

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10 - Villa Finale presents a live outdoor performance of Dickens' abridged
A Christmas Carol (Gate opens: 4:30pm; Performance 5:00pm - 6:00pm)

Experience this abbreviated version of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, as you’ve never before seen it: performed live with a Victorian home as its backdrop.  See Scrooge look down from Villa Finale’s historic balcony as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future remind him of the importance of being kind and loving to his fellow man.

This unique presentation is a collaboration with San Antonio’s Classic Theater, the King William Association, Bonham Academy, and G. W. Brackenridge High School.  Directed by Diane Malone, the play features performers from within the community and young talent from the two local schools. 

The audience will be treated to delectable holiday refreshments both before and after the performance.  Dress warmly and be prepared to embrace the spirit of the season!

$20.00 non-members
$15.00 Villa Finale & King William Association Members
$10.00 children 12 and under

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13 - Music for Your Eyes - Holiday! (6:30pm - 7:30pm)

Guests to Villa Finale will see beautiful sights and be treated to unique sounds during our special tour, Music for Your Eyes.  This evening experience highlights the music machines in the museum’s collection with demonstrations of unique music boxes, antique turntables and more.  During this seasonal version of the tour, museum staff will share comical and little-known holiday anecdotes about the pieces, their inventors, songs played and Christmas traditions around the world.  The tour ends with a fifteen-minute concert of traditional holiday songs played on Mr. Mathis’s automated 1921 Bechstein-Welte reproducing piano, located inside one of the home’s lavish parlors.  Guests will be treated to a glass of champagne as they sit back to enjoy the beautiful music of the season!  Space is limited.ed.

$20.00 non-members
$15.00 members

Click here to purchase tickets online!

January 2017


26 - Power of a Word Lecture Series - Lecture #2: Associate Director for Editorial and former Director of Trinity University Press, Barbara Ras.
 (6:00pm - 7:30pm)


Following the success of the Power of a Dream lecture series, we are featuring four speakers in the lecture series Power of a Word in the salon-style Napoleon Parlors at Villa Finale. Seating is limited.  We have four dates and distinguished lecturers to choose from.

Other dates and speakers:

April 6, 2017 - Lecture #3
Freelance filmmaker, producer, journalist, author and first Mexican-American Rhodes Scholar, John Phillip Santos.

May 4, 2017 - Lecture #4
A widely known Chicano art expert, Tomás Ybarra-Frausto is a scholar, art historian, and author.

Admission:
$30.00 individual lecture
$75.00 for the series 

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February

10 - "Isn't It Romantic?" at Villa Finale featuring the vocal talents of crooner Ken Slavin (6:30pm - 8:00pm)


Come experience the romance of Villa Finale in honor of Valentine's Day with an intimate concert performed by Ken Slavin with live piano accompaniment by Barry Brake. Mr. Slavin will perform an array of popular love songs in the parlors of this grand historic home. Ideal for sweethearts, "hopeful" romantics, and lovers of romantic melodies, the concert will enchant the audience with songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Bing Crosby and more. Enjoy Valentine-inspired refreshments prior to the concert and at intermission. This will be a truly magical evening!


Admission:

$30.00 non-members
$25.00 members


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More exciting programs coming soon - please check back with us!

 

Villa Finale's
Meusebach House

414 King William Street

Located directly across the street from Villa Finale, the Meusebach House was first built by Smith Ellis and his wife Josie in 1886, before they built and moved into the grand two-story house now located next door.  This cottage was sold to Otto Meusebach in 1889.  The
Meusebachs lived in the home until the early part of the 20th century.

Walter Mathis purchased the home in 1974.  He received an award from the San Antonio Conservation Society in 1976 for his restoration of the Meusebach House.

Today, the house is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is used by Villa Finale for meetings and special presentations.