Monday, August 25, 2014

September Events at Wistariahurst

September Gallery Exhibition – Look for the Name: A Series of Skinner Advertisements

For over 150 years, the Skinner name was synonymous with silk of the finest quality. William Skinner & Sons produced products ranging from threads, silks, satins, dress goods, sewing notions, to lingerie and bridal gowns. It was a brand associated with excellence, quality and reputation. A variety of advertisements from the 1880s to the 1950s for silk, satin, rayon and taffeta products will be on view in the gallery demonstrating the William Skinner & Sons marketing style and confidence in a superior product. Admission to Gallery $3 / Free for members

Sunday, September 14 at 3:00 p.m. – Tour the Wistariahurst Mansion with a Skinner Descendant

Allerton Kilborne will return to Holyoke to offer a very special tour of his grandmother’s home and share his memories of living at Wistariahurst. When Allerton enters the home on Cabot Street, it is like entering a time machine. Allerton lived at Wistariahurst with his grandmother, Katharine Skinner Kilborne, and a full staff, whom he remembers in detail and with great affection. Join Allerton Kilborne in a journey back in time as Wistariahurst comes alive with his memories. Reservations suggested. Admission $10 

Monday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. – Historical Lecture Series: Threads that Bind – Textiles in the Connecticut River Valley: A Trip Through Time and Space at WEBs

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, WEBs began as a home-based venture developed by Barbara Elkins and a friend. The project could have failed, but instead, WEBs has become the largest independent yarn retailer in the country. Through visuals and a presentation by both Barbara and Art Elkin, the history of the company will be illustrated. $7 general / $5 members

Saturday, September 20 at 9:30 a.m. – Terrariums Workshop

Don’t let the thought of impending winter get you down. Learn how to make lovely miniature indoor gardens under glass. If you create these gardens in the early autumn, the plants will have matured in time for holiday gift giving and you can share a bit of greenery with friends and family. Attendees will each make a terrarium. Presented by Master Gardener Shari Petrucci. Reservations necessary. Workshop is $50 per person; all supplies included. Proceeds to benefit the garden restoration at Wistariahurst. Garden workshops are presented by Wistariahurst Museum Gardeners and the Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association.

Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. – Historical Lecture Series: Threads that Bind – Textiles in the Connecticut River Valley: Fashion and Frugality: English Patterned Silks and Connecticut River Valley Women’s Fashion in the 18th Century

Ned Lazaro, of Historic Deerfield, will explore the ownership and survival of three elaborate 18th-century brocaded silk gowns worn in the Connecticut River Valley. Woven on a draw loom, patterned silks like brocades took weeks or months to make, and were extremely costly. A significant investment, these garments continued to be worn and altered as fashions changed, enriching their stories even further for 21st Century fashion scholars and enthusiasts. $7 general / $5 members

Saturday, September 27 at 12:00-4:00 p.m. – Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!

Wistariahurst will grant free admission for one person plus a guest for an historic house tour with a Free Admission Card. Visit our website for tour schedule. Participates are encouraged to schedule tours in advance as group sizes are limited. For more information and to obtain free admission card go to

Sunday, September 28 at 3:00 p.m. – An Afternoon Concert with Bella Voce

Join Bella Voce in a tribute to the American Songbook as they present selections from Opera and Broadway, taking you on a journey from La Scala to 42nd Street to Tin Pan Alley! Works by Mozart, Humperdinck, Bizet, Jerry Noble, Krieger, Bernstein, Porter, Gershwin and more! Bella Voce is Lisa Woods, Teri LaFleur and Jerry Noble as accompanist. Tickets are $12 general / $10 for members and seniors

Monday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m. – Historical Lecture Series: Threads that Bind – Textiles in the Connecticut River Valley: Rivals of William Skinner: The Cheney Brothers of Manchester, CT

Dennis Gleeson will tell the story of the Cheney Brothers and their transition from selling trees into making silk thread and the influence of the sewing machine on their business. He will discuss the growth of the company to 1923 when it had almost 5,000 employees and then its decline due to wars, tariffs and depression. $7 general / $5 members

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