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I am a Docent and tour guide to the historic Hearthside House in Lincoln, RI. I have a passion for the Victorian era.

I am a lover of the art of drinking tea, having Victorian tea parties, and teaching young girls tea etiquette and proper manners in public.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hearthside in Memorial Day Parade

Yesterday, May 30th, I marched in the Memorial Day Parade with the Friends of Hearthside.

It was 88 degrees, which was a little high for this time of the year.
We decided to keep with the theme of the "150th Commemoration of the Civil War."
We decorated our float with  a miniature version of the Hearthside House, field tents, a riffle range.





We also had our soldiers from the Civil War Reneactor group march along side the float.
As my good friend James Dodge said "Happy Memorial Day to everyone! Please enjoy yourselves, but lets not forget why we do this- Honor the memory of those who have fallen and gone before in the service of their beloved Country. Off to honor the Civil War Soldiers in Blue - two parades today Lincoln & North Providence."

Monday, May 16, 2011

Historic sites along the Route

This weekend was a great adventure.I participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  I spent it walking 26 miles throughout some of Massachusetts historic cities and landmarks.
It is my 8th year and every time I see something new. They change the route to make it interesting for those of us who are return Walkers.
My favorite part of the walk was down Commonwealth Avenue, at mile 8.2.in the city of Boston. Nestled in the Back Bay area is built on a land fill that covers the area where the Atlantic tides once met the Charles River. The Mall is punctuated with statuary and memorials.
What caught my eye was the Boston Women's Memorial, with statues of Abigail Adams,
Lucy Stone, and Phillis Wheatley, sculpted by Meredith Bergmann. 2003.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Derby Day Afternoon Tea at Hearthside

Presented by the 'Friends of Hearthside"
Saturday, May 7th, 2011
Because  the event falls on the same day as the Kentucky Derby, it offers the perfect opportunity to look at the fashion statments made by the ladies who attend the Durby, in particular the hats.
The first Kentucky Durby was held in 1875 at Churchill Drowns in Louisville , Ky., and is the country's oldest consecutively held thoroughbred race and the most prestigious horse race in the world.
The fashions have created nearly as much interest as the racing event itself.
So, my featured presentation on "Hat Through the Ages" was quit timely. I shared my knowledge on how woman's hat have changed drastically throughout history along with an exhibit of some of my private collection of hats spanning from early 19th century up to the 1950's.
The gust were invited to wear their favorite hat and prizes was given for the "Most Historic Looking,' "Most Likely To Be Seen at the Derby" and "Most Unusual" hats.

It was a delightful afternoon. I can say I enjoyed it as much as my guests.
I hope all my dear lady friends had a "Gracious Mother's Day."

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Costume Contest USA Entry 29.) Dress: Historic Hearthside House Hostess Gown Victorian Costume Contest



Victorian Dress Costume ContestComment by JUDGE Lisa Schnapp: 8/15/2010

"Lovely, glowing creation blended of soft, feminine hues. A stunning gown that embodies Victorian style femininity..."








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