Monday, September 14, 2015

Wistariahurst Events week of 9-14-15


Thursday, September 17, 6 p.m. The Ted Wirt Quintet
The Music Room at Wistariahurst will feature the Ted Wirt Jazz Quintet. The group will draw on dixie, swing, bebop, cool, gospel and soul traditions of jazz to create a sweeping musical experience to fill our halls. Ted Wirt has been performing and teaching music for decades and is the director of New England Live Music.com. Tickets are $15 or $12 for Museum members

Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m. Bicycle Tours of Holyoke: The Mansions
Cycle around the elegant homes built by the Holyoke industrialists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Ride through the highlands and the Fairfield Avenue Historic District with their grand Victorian houses. Learn about the families, architects and builders of these magnificent homes. This route will begin at Kennedy Park and tour around Fairfield Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Madison Avenue and River Terrace with the option of visiting Jones Park near the river. Each tour will begin with a review of basic bicycle safety. Please come prepared with your own helmets, water, bicycle and enthusiasm for history.

The tours will be led by Craig Della Penna, a local Holyoke historian and real estate broker. He is the author of five books and numerous op‐ed pieces/guest editorials on the value of rail trails and greenways in the context of residential real estate and smart growth development. Tickets are $15.

Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m. Bicycle Tours of Holyoke: The Mills
Grab your bike and join us for this tour focusing on the history of the nationally recognized historic district around the canals and nearby mills. Learn about the city’s industrial history and canal landscapes as Della Penna shares his insights into manufacturing industry in Holyoke. The tour route will begin and end at Holyoke Heritage State Park and will include stops on Race Street, Bridge Street and Lyman Street. The tours will be led by Craig Della Penna, a local Holyoke historian and real estate broker. He is the author of five books and numerous op‐ed pieces/guest editorials on the value of rail trails and greenways in the context of residential real estate and smart growth development. Tickets are $15.

Sunday, September 20, 4 p.m. Stories from a Skinner Descendant
Allerton Kilborne, the last living Skinner descendent to have resided at the historic estate, will share his memories of living at Wistariahurst with his grandmother, Katherine Skinner Kilborne, and a full time staff. An historian himself, Mr. Kilborne weaves his personal memories into the broader narrative of Holyoke. Mr. Kilborne will lead a personalized tour of the house following his talk. Tickets are $12, or $10 for Museum members.


IN THE GALLERY
Changing Landscapes: From Michigan to Massachusetts by Janet Stupak
On view through September 29


Gallery hours are Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Admission to the gallery is $3 General / Free for Museum members


Janet Stupak has captured scenes from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she grew up, and many other states where she has lived, from the historic stone ironmaster’s house of Charming Forge, Pennsylvania to the round barns and tobacco barns of Illinois. Currently Stupak lives in Holyoke and is painting local landscapes, including the wondrous brick factory buildings.

In her own words, “I paint for the way it makes me feel. When I am engaged in art making, I am fully caught up in the medium, my tools and my mission. I’ve learned not to think about the piece that I will end up with because the time spent engaged in the creative activity is what is most important to me. I enjoy feeling detached yet completely engaged. The process brings me such joy; the product is a bonus!” Stupak works in acrylic, mainly painting on canvas. Some of her paintings are mixed media, and some include components such as threads.


HOUSE TOURS
Saturday, Sunday & Monday with tours beginning at 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:15 pm.
Tour admission is $7 adults, $5 Students & Seniors (65+), Children ages 12 and under are free (must be accompanied by an adult). Gardens & Grounds are open daily until dusk.

RESEARCH ARCHIVES

Archives are open to the public Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by Appointment. To schedule a research appointment, please email Penni Martorell martorellp@holyoke.org or call 413-322-5660 ext. 5169.

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