Results of This Great Weekend of Events!

I had a full and exciting weekend . On Saturday (my birthday) we had "Open House at Hearthside"
The turn out was excellent for our Antique Appraisal Day, featuring the  nationally-renowned antiques expert, author and appraiser Paul Royka . He did an excellent job and our guests had an amazing time.

That same day, in the evening, I was given a surprise birthday party at my dear and good friend Thomas Ferguson home.

It was held in his back yard. We had a elegant sit down dinner with 3 courses.

The table was perfectly set and the service was well done. I was very much impressed.

Being I work in the hotel in banquets, my friend wanted to wow me on this special evening. Well, he did.
This lovely birthday cake tea pot set was made for me, by our hotel baker.
I was truly impressed. It was so well done that no one want to cut into it. I will save it for viewing for a couple of days.

It was truly a wonderful evening and I feel very fortunate to have such great family and friends.
I wish all who have a birthday this month, a happy and blessed one.

On Sunday my son Alex, who is in the National Guards, invited the family and friends to the

Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show in Quonset State Airport .

"Thunderbirds U.S. Air Force 2010"
It was an amazing event.To watch the air plans take off and entertain you with their fancy flying, It was breath taking.

This Great Weekend of Events!


Lincoln: Antique Appraisal, Hearthside House

Ever wonder what that unusual vase that belonged to your great-grandmother is worth? How about that old Tiffany lamp? Is it real or is it a reproduction? Nationally-renowned antiques expert, author and appraiser Paul Royka will be at Lincoln's 1810 Hearthside Homestead for Antique Appraisal Day. Come learn more about your antiquities and their worth. 10am – 2pm, Hearthside House, Great Rd, Lincoln, 726-0597,


North Kingstown: 20th Anniversary Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show

Never has looking up for hours at a time been so much fun. This year's show will feature the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Snowbirds, many other first-class flight demonstrations, the "Shockwave" Jet Truck, aircraft displays, and much more! Donations for parking benefit local charities. 9am-4pm, Quonset State Airport, 1 Minuteman Way, North Kingstown, 275-4110 or 886-1478, or visit the Rhode Island Air Show website for more information.

A Victorian Summer Picnic

In the dog days of summer, one often desires a happy excursion to whittle away the hours with family and friends. What better way to do so than to arrange a Victorian summer picnic?

The word "picnic" first appeared around 1740 and was derived from two French words: "piquer" which meant "to pick at food" and "nique," meaning "something small of no value." But they were even popular before Georgian era.
During the Medieval era, picnics were included as an important part of hunting parties. They featured rich foods such as cooked hams, roasted meat, poultry, pies and tarts.

Picnics became most popular during the Queen Victoria's reign in England. Victorians delighted in picnicking and made it quite fashionable. Picnics were held at families' homes or other scenic locations. Although servants often attended wealthy families on picnics, they were casual gatherings, and only a few servants were required to be present.

Victorian etiquette prescribed that careful consideration should be taken in choosing an appropriate site for a picnic.
Even though a view near a cliff may have been quite breathtaking, such spots were considered to alarm the
ladies present. 
Gentlemen had to be careful not to seat their guests near ant hills or places without proper shade. 
Before you send your invitations out, make sure you find a pleasing site with sufficient, but not too much, sunshine
for the time of the picnic; plenty of air movement for cool breezes, and healthy grass.
Location can make or break your outdoor summer event!

During the 19th century, each guest often brought along a dish for a picnic, but eventually, it became customary for one family to organize and provide the food for the picnic. Armed with baskets filled with dishes and utensils, Victorians believed picnics should be just as civilized as eating in a dining room.
And the food was just as sumptuous: iced champagne rolled in wet newspapers to preserve the chill, lobster tails with homemade mayonnaise, cold poached chicken with cream sauce, trifle (chunks of pound cake, fresh fruit,
rich custard and cream) and whiskey punch to wash it all down.

And Victorian picnickers did not dream of eating outdoors without a kerosene burner to boil their kettles for tea. Thus, the true mark of a Victorian picnic is to make sure your food is more than cold cuts and chips. Prepare your menu as if you were hosting a proper meal in your home. And your dishes need not be overly rich or time-consuming to prepare.

After the last dessert was served, those with musical talents were expected to entertain the party. Games like croquet, tag and blind man's bluff were played.
Ladies often conversed with each other. Some would explore the area and look for flowers or wild mushrooms.
Men and women followed rules of propriety. It was not looked upon favorably if they wandered away from the
party alone for too long. 

Therefore, when planning your picnic, allow your guests sufficient time to enjoy the surrounding area, and come prepared with some leisures activities in mind (frisbee rather than croquet, for example).

Finally, remember to keep your guests well hydrated, as any thirsty child or adult is more likely not to enjoy an otherwise well-planned outdoor event. Depending on the time of day that you host your picnic,
sun and heat exposure can make any guest somewhat listless and irritable. During the Victorian era, drinking lemonade on one's porch was a popular pasttime in the summers. A "ladies-only" light luncheon may also have been served.
Lemonade was a drink enjoyed during the 19th century. Consider serving your lemonade in an antique style, glass footed pitcher and tumblers. Victorians believed the violet-hued glass preserved good tidings within their homes.

So, enjoy your summer days and stay cool

Parish Picnic

The Friends of Hearthside was invited to join in on the closing of a year 175 year celebration of the Christ Church's history. They had put together a 1830's picnic and asked if we could attend in our period attire to add to the festivities. It was an educational experience.
I had never attended the serves and have passed by it many times. I had no idea of it grandeur. It's is a magnificent structure with a beautiful historic design. I was in orr of the hand carved alter podium. Such detail.

This is an update photo of this historic church building,which I found online. It was consecrated on June 12. 1884. The first building, on the same site , was consecrated in 1835 and burned down in 1883.
There on the Church grounds is the most peaceful and very old cemetery. I am a lover of historic cemeteries.
They had many gravestones dating back to the 1700's. As I walk thought the grave site I paid honor to those who's memory  are still here.
I want to thank the Christ Church for letting us join them in their 175 year Celebration and their Feast of Dedication!

                         DINNER PARTY AT HEARTHSIDE

The winning ticket of the Lions Club Raffle for a "Private Dinner Party for Six at Hearthside" was drawn on May 19th and the winner was Lou Crispino of Lincoln.  The gourmet dinner was held on Saturday, June 5th, complete with music provided by  

Carolyn Sloat and Audrey Godin on the antique dulcimer, 
and hosted by costumed interpreters
Lady Peg Lariviere 
and Lady Estelle Barada.
  An elegant menu was prepared and served by chefs
Francine and John Scanlon that consisted of  Chilled Lemon Infused Gazpacho, Summer Salad, Blood Orange Sorbet, Shrimp Scampi with Fresh Grape Tomato over Spinach Linguine, Grilled Tenderloin of Beef, Roast Red Pepper and Vidalia Onion Marinade, Mixed Grilled Vegetables, Custard Flan and served with a Berringer Moscato.   

Although it was a sweltering night, the guests were thrilled with their experience at Hearthside.  Lou's wife Patti summed it up the next day. "What a wonderful evening we all had on Saturday night.  Everything was just perfect from the food to the tour to the music.  My group couldn't stop raving about it!  Everyone was so friendly, and they all helped to make our evening so enjoyable."

The raffle was sponsored by the Lincoln Lions Club and raised $1,250 for the continued restoration of Hearthside.  The Lions have already expressed interest in running another raffle later this year.  Watch for an announcement in the coming months!  Thanks to all who sold, and bought, raffle tickets!  Your support is truly appreciated.

June is my birthday month!

June is National Iced Tea Month and my birthday month.

June is my favorite month. Not just because it is my birthday month, but because it was always the first day of summer vacation, when I was a young girl.
It was time to enjoy not getting up so early, public pools were open, wearing shorts and all the out door activity.
I love to swim and go to the beach or parks.
I did not mine the heat, I loved it.

I always returned to school in September a bit wiser and a tad older.  HAPPY JUNE!

The Memorial Day Parade in Rhode Island 2010

This is my Anniversary with Hearthside House. One year ago, I had my first event walking in the Memorial Day Parade. I am happy to be here again at this great event.

Our Float!
A truck provided by Gaudette Machine Moving of Lincoln, was secured that could be used for the Hearthside float. It was a 40 foot trailer with a 20 foot cab----more space than was ever imagined. There was no missing the Hearthside float as it came down Smithfield Avenue during the parade....the floatila must have been some 100 feet long! It truly was our finest showing! So it was only fitting that the Hearthside float was awarded 1st place! It was especially meaningful that it happened during our 200th anniversary year.

200TH Anniversary
Our entry included the Hearthside 200th Anniversary banner, "Celebrating Lincoln's Heritage: Past, Present and Future" announcing our arrival on the parade route, as well as being on the front of the truck, Civil War soldiers, ladies in hoop dresses, a cutout of the Hearthside roofline on top of the truck cab. The trailor was decorated with red, white and blue banners and bunting, and a statement along the side, "Bringing Our History to Life." The trailer was quite colorful with all the various scenes and costumes on board that depict the various activities conducted by Friends of Hearthside: an antique sleigh filled with gifts and a Christmas tree, Native American representatives, our blacksmith with his anvil, grinding wheel and work table, a school desk and bell with two children, a spinning wheel and yarn winder with two ladies, and two ladies at an afternoon tea scene. The feature of the float though was the Hearthside replica, complete with stone path and decked out with bunting.

Some of us couldn't get enough with one parade and went on to the North Providence parade immediately afterward, but without our float. While we planned to walk, we had the good fortune of being invited onto the Sunset Stables float which had elegant antique carriages aboard. It was a perfect match to have us in our costumes riding in those beautiful carriages!

Friends of Hearthside will be honored at the next Town Council meeting. Thanks to all who helped decorate, participated in the parade, and unassembled the float. And special thanks to Gaudette Machine Moving and to Sunset Stables! The replica is now being weatherized and is going to be seen at the front of Town Hall during the summer months so it can be appreciated by all the town's residents!

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