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Blithewold’s ‘Fairy Festival’ postponed until August

Blithewold’s ‘Fairy Festival’ postponed until August

Blithewold’s popular Fairy Festival has been postponed from this Sunday, April 26 to Sunday, August 2. The long winter, coupled with heavy rain earlier in the week, have left the grounds unable to handle the heavy foot traffic from the thousands of people who attend Fairy Festival each spring. According to Blithewold Executive Director Karen


Opera Providence at Blithewold

The Opera Providence Ensemble will present “My Funny Valentine” as a part of its Blithewold Mansion Winter Garden Series.The performances, under the direction of Rene de la Garza, will take place in the Blithewold Mansion living room and will feature pieces from La Boheme, Babes in Arms, My Fair Lady, and more. WHERE: Blithewold, 101 Ferry Road,

Blithewold executive director Karen Binder points to the location of the new special events pavilion.

Blithewold’s vision grows with its gardens

It’s been two years since the management of Bristol’s Blithewold Mansion and Gardens solicited input from its board, members and the community-at-large to develop a master plan designed to guide the economic viability and sustainability of the historic Van Wickle home, and the diverse gardens that beautify its 33 waterfront acres. The capital campaign that


Blithewold’s tomato taste test Sunday

For the second year, Blithewold is inviting guests to help decide which tomato in their gardens is the tastiest of the season. After a visit to Blithewold’s vegetable garden to learn about each variety, you and your family will be able to taste each tomato and then place your vote for the best-tasting contestant. As

Professional golfer Billy Andrade hugs Bob Savoie whose $1,000 bid won a dinner date with the local celebrity.

Garden party, auction help Bristol Bloom

The bright flowers adorning the historic lamp posts along Hope, State and Bradford streets help beautify downtown Bristol, but they don’t come cheap. Bristol Blooms, the non-profit organization responsible for the hanging flower baskets, depends on donations from supporters, lamp post sponsorships and fundraisers to buy the flowers, pots and brackets, and maintain them with



Come stroll through Blithewold’s illuminated gardens and greenhouse, breathing in that crisp Christmas air or joining our carolers as they spread holiday cheer. Come enjoy music, cocoa, and roasted marshmallows around a roaring bonfire in Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden. Carolers will be singing around the bonfire from 6:30 – 7 p.m. WHERE: Blithewold, Ferry Road, Bristol.

Executive Director Karen Binder (left) and Capital Campaign Co-Chairwoman Joan Abrams are looking forward to a host of improvements that will expand and enhance the visitor experience at Blithewold.

Surviving and thriving

Occupying a struggling niche, East Bay house museums are bucking the national trend, growing endowments and making long-range plans for the future. At a time when house museums nationally are closing in record numbers, and others are repurposing their uses and missions to provide badly-needed revenue streams, properties in the East Bay are going strong.