Saturday, November 15, 2014

It has been a long time since I tried my hand at creating a website. After logging into several free sites, I closed down my first real website to save the money. I always missed having that chance to be creative in my thoughts and photo display. There is just so much you can do with the free bloggers and site.
Well, I am very proud of my new creation. I hope you will stop by and let me know what you think. "Leave you calling card", as a true Victorian woman would say

Lady Estelle    The Victorian Lady of Providence

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

 This past October, Hearthside was set up to re-create the Victorian mourning customs and practices during the time when Simon Thornton passed away.

Hearthside was all draped in black, giving all who pass by the message that this is a house in mourning. 
We mourned the passing of  Simon E. Thornton, former owner of Hearthside,  who died on May 2, 1873.  
It was told to us that his body was prepared at the house by the undertaker, who would come with his equipment and a portable embalming table to do his service.
The coffin was in the Drawing Room where visitors would come and pay their respects.
 Each room in the house had displays of mourning clothing, jewelry, artwork, stationery displays, post mortem photography, and other funerary exhibits.
 When a home goes into mourning, all the servants went into mourning also. 
I portrayed the cook mourning the lost of my dear master.
 I handed out Funeral Biscuits to all who came to pay their respects to the family.
According to Victorian customs, following the ceremony, the coffin would be carried out of the house, feet first, and into a waiting hearse to bring it to the grave site for burial.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I had the privileged to see RI Opera Diva Sissieretta Jones' concert gown being displayed, this Wednesday, October 8th at the Redwood Library, in, Newport.
 A wine and cheese reception at 5:30 pm was followed by a talk by Ray Rickman at 6:00 pm.
Sissieretta Jones became the first African-American opera star to achieve global fame a century ago. Her silk champagne colored concert gown, fragile with age and beautifully restored by Deidre Windsor of Windsor Conservation, was on display for the first time this century and then goes into storage.

The champagne colored gown, beautifully restored by Deidre Windsor, who restored Jackie Kennedy's Newport wedding dress and much of her wardrobe housed at the Kennedy Library, was laid out in a private viewing room.

Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Sissieretta Jones April 28th

Sissieretta Jones being entered into RI Hall of Fame.
 April 28th 
Monday, October 20, 2014
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The Providence Journal did a wonderful coverage on our 2nd Annual Girl's Tea,
On May 17th, 2014, at the Governor Henry Lippitt House in Providence, I hosted a lovely young girl's tea to introduce them to CHRISTIANA BANNISTER, an abolitionist and businesswoman of the late 1800's.
As Christiana, I was able to introduce them to tea etiquette and proper manners to be used at the tea table. .
We also got a chance to talk to them about proper ways to introduce yourself when in public
It is very important that these lessons be taught to them while they are young. It will help them in years to come.
I am sure I have made an impression on them and they would want to take this knowledge with them throughout their lives.

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