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The Barnum Museum celebrates the 150th anniversary of "The Fairy Wedding," an event that captured the nation's heart when celebrities Tom Thumb and his bride Lavinia Warren tied the knot amidst great fanfare. The Museum's tea on Sunday, February 24th, will feature music of the period, including the wedding waltz arranged in honor of the little couple, an illustrated lecture about the lavish wedding and Lavinia Warren's influence on American fashion, and an exhibition of original artifacts that belonged to the famous, tiny couple. Join us for tea and cakes and learn about a celebration so big it pushed news of the Civil War off the front page of the papers. The music of the day, including the "Fairy Wedding Waltz" will be performed by the Weston High School orchestra under the direction of Erik Paul. This piece has been carefully arranged from the original sheet music in the collection of The Barnum Museum. In addition to the sheet music, a slice of wedding cake, photographs, Lavinia Warren's bridal wreath, and other artifacts will be on display. Using the bridal accoutrements and her research on 19th century fashion, historian Mellissa Huber will present an intriguing talk to discuss how Lavinia, the woman describe by P.T. Barnum as an "accomplished, educated, beautiful and perfectly developed woman in miniature", was a fashion plate for women in New York City. Tickets are $15 each. You may order tickets online at fairyweddingtea.eventbrite.com, or call The Barnum Museum at (203) 331-1104, ext. 100 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.