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July 2016
Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park

19 Black House Drive, Ellsworth ME 04605



The Woodlawn News 

It's July and Woodlawn is bustling with activity.  Daily walkers, croquet players, community gardeners, tour guests and program participants are filling our days with visitors and fun. 

Our popular Tea Time Tours return for the summer on Wednesday afternoons, 3 to 4pm, and the Ellsworth Antiques Show is just a month away. Enjoy the articles below. We are excited to share all that is going on and look forward to seeing you here at Woodlawn soon!

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University College at Ellsworth held Storytelling event at Woodlawn   
Authors, Daniel Mahoney, Sanford Phippen, Rich Lamasney

In June, the University College at Ellsworth (UCE) held its premier book reading and storytelling event with three of its local faculty authors: Dan Mahoney, Sanford Phippen, and Richard Lamasney.

According to Lynne Witham, UCE Director, "We had 20-25 audience members, and the Sleigh Barn at Woodlawn was the perfect venue to provide a comfortable and personal experience for both the authors and the audience." For information on renting the Sleigh Barn for your upcoming event, click here.
Weekly videos to showcase Woodlawn

activities and events

When Joanna Weaver, a 2016 graduate of College of the Atlantic with a degree in videography, joined our staff as our seasonal guest attendant we quickly put in place a mechanism to utilize her skills
. Check out our first, A Week at Woodlawn video, and we invite you to become a follower of the Woodlawn YouTube channel. 
A Designer Showcase

with Decorator, George Terbovich

The Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn 

We are pleased to announce the addition of a Designer Showcase to its booth displays at this year's Show. The Showcase will be impressively created by renown decorator George Terbovich of
George Terbovich Designs, inc.
Kansas City and

summer visitor to Downeast Maine. 

Terbovich will select pieces from the twenty-seven dealer booths at the show and stage the pieces in a Designer Showcase booth.  According to Woodlawn executive director, Joshua Torrance, "We are delighted to have a decorator of George's reputation and caliber.  His showcase is sure to be a highlight for our guests this year."  To learn more about George Terbovich, read more.
Woodlawn Invitational Croquet Tournament - Fun in the Sun     

The competition was top-notch and so was the weather for the Woodlawn Invitational Croquet Tournament on Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 19.  Players from across Maine and New England put their best mallets forward to be named champion and have their names engraved on the Chapman/Gould Memorial Trophy.  The trophy is named in honor of long term Woodlawn croquet supporters and participants, Marcia Chapman and Mary Gould. Watch the coverage by our media partner, WABI TV and for tournament details, read more.

Machias Senior College Visited for

Tea and a Tour in June      

When Ruth Thurston from the Sunrise Senior College in Machias called us back in January to see if we could accommodate their group for tour and tea in June, we responded with a hardy, "Absolutely!" 

What fun we had with the 24 senior college students from Washington
County.  For many of the students, it was the first time they had visited Woodlawn. Executive director, Joshua Torrance, presented the history of the estate and the Black family as the group enjoyed the magnificent view from the front porch.  A tour through the mansion followed by tea and cookies elegantly served in the Sleigh Barn completed their visit.

To learn more about the Maine Senior College Network and to find a senior college in your area, click here. 
Live Music, Wine and Beer Tasting, Antique Auto Rides
Add to the Fun of the Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn  
Wednesday, August 17 through Saturday, August 20

The planning committee for the Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn has an exciting line-up planned for this year's Show. Under the tent will be twenty-seven dealers of national, international and regional renown with booths offering a diverse array of beautiful antiques.  Each evening, lively music and food events have been added for your enjoyment.  Reserve your tickets today!

Opening Night Party and Dinner (Wed. Aug. 17, 5 p.m.)

Grammy Award winning artist, Paul Sullivan returns to the Opening Night Cocktail Party  with the fun starting at 5 p.m. The evening includes hors d'oeuvres prepared and elegantly served by Chipper's Restaurant. Party goers will be the first to taste Woodlawn's first microbrew, John Black Stout, specially brewed for the event by the Airline Brewing Company from Amherst, Maine.  After the Party, stay and enjoy the festive Opening Night Dinner catered by Chippers Restaurant. Seating is limited to 75. To purchase your tickets, click here.

The following Thursday and Friday Evening Events are included in your regularly priced admission ticket!

($10 for the Show, $15 for the Show & Black House Tour)

Thursday Evening at the Show (Aug. 18, 3 - 6 p.m.)
If you like jazz ,wine, and beautiful things you won't want

to miss this very special evening under the tent. The smooth sounds of the Night & Day Jazz Trio and a wine tasting  of select red and white wines will have you relaxing after a hard day at work, or a great day of play on the Maine Coast.  This is sure to be a summer evening not to be missed. Purchase your tickets online today for this fantastic evening event!  

Friday Evening at the Show (Aug. 19, 3 - 6 p.m.)

The Show tent will be the place to kick off your weekend as the talented musicians from the Acadia School of Traditional Music fill the air with rollicking tunes along with a beer tasting with Airline Brewing Company. You will be among the first to taste Woodlawn's premier microbrew, John Black Stout created by Airline Brewing from celebration of this year's Show. Purchase your tickets online today for this fantastic evening event!  

Antique Auto Rides Thursday and Friday ( Aug. 18 & 19, 3-6 p.m.)

During the Thursday and Friday music events, your ticket

includes a ride in the Seal Cove Auto Museum's 1915 Detroit Electric. This snazzy little car is sometimes referred to as a lady's car as Henry Ford bought his wife Clara a new Detroit Brougham every two years from 1908 to 1914 since she refused to drive a gasoline powered car

Purchase your tickets online today for these fantastic Evening Events! 
From the Woodlawn Collection  
Axel and Irma Eliason

In July and August, we offer Tea Time Tours on Wednesday afternoons starting at 3 p.m.  We are often asked when the tradition of serving afternoon tea began. 

While the original owner, John Black was an Englishman and likely enjoyed a cup of tea, it was the last caretakers at Woodlawn that established the ritual of tea time in the 1930's.

Irma Eliason and her husband Axel were hired by Nixon Black as year round car
Historic photo of the

 Woodlawn Tea Garden

e takers in 1919.  While they were paid well for their work and had a comfortable home in the wooden Ell of the Black House, it is believed Mrs. Eliason established tea time to supplement their income. She was known to bake some of the best cookies in town and she enjoyed taking folks on tour of the Black House and sharing her memories of the Black family.  In the summer of 2015, Mrs. Eliason's style of tea time tours returned, much to the delight of our summer guests.  Space is limited for these unique staff led tours and tea.  Reserve your ticket today for your Tea Time Tour at Woodlawn.

Sign-up for July and August programs and events today! 
Visit our calendar page at woodlawnmuseum.org and read about all the exciting programs scheduled in coming weeks. 

Whether you enjoy drawing, jewelry making, or learning historic crafts we likely have a workshop for you. For those who enjoy exploring nature topics sign up for identifying edible flowers, medicinal mushrooms, seabirds of Maine and whales. You can even  learn how to teach your dog manners at Woodlawn! 

Visit our website today for all the programs and details.  You can easily register and pay online, just click on the "Details and registration" link in each listing.
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