An Evening at the Opera

An Evening at the Opera, 1912 Bessie and William McKee spent their winters in Boston at their large, elegant townhouse on Commonwealth Avenue.  Among their favorite entertainments was the Opera.  They were members of the Boston Opera Company which performed at the Opera House, and they attended every week during the season – often twice a […]

A Trip to New Orleans

Have you ever marveled at the different ways men and women see historic sites?  Here at Blithewold, Docents have to be prepared to answer very different questions from visitors.  Marjorie Lyon, herself, was well aware of this disparity, and in 1917 she wrote an amusing ‘imagined’ conversation about a sightseeing trip she and George made […]

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Garden Club of America Celebrates 100 Years by Margaret Whitehead and Julie Morris 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Garden Club of America.  In April 1913 Mrs. J. Willis Martin and Mrs. Bayard Henry invited the 12 founding garden clubs to form an organization (first called The Garden Guild) “to overcome […]