Calendar of Events 2014
2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS*
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jonathan Warner’s death in 1814, and the Warner House will celebrate Warner’s life by honoring the bicentennial of his death with special talks, programs and exhibits. Join us as we pay our respects to the man Charles W. Brewster called one of the last of the cocked hats. All events are at the Warner House unless otherwise noted.
Be fabulous to the Warner House in May! Shop all month long at the Fabulous Find, 139 Route 1, Kittery, Maine, and all the proceeds will benefit the Warner House, Portsmouth Athenæum and Wentworth-Lear House. In the midst of spring cleaning? Bring your items to the Fabulous Find for another way you can help support this worthy cause! The money raised will go toward the Warner House LCHIP fund.
The Fabulous Find describes itself as a “boutique style” thrift store, with higher quality clothing, home accessories, music and books.
For more information on the Fabulous Find, check out its Facebook page, and while you are there, please become a fan!
JUNE 1, SUNDAY, OPENING DAY
Welcome to the Warner House's 82nd season as a museum. The Association first opened the house in 1932.
JUNE 14, SATURDAY, MARKET SQUARE DAY
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore the first floor of the Warner House for free.
JUNE 15, SUNDAY, FATHER'S DAY
Fathers enjoy a complimentary tour of the house.
JUNE 21, SATURDAY, COSTUMED TEA
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
JUNE 22, SUNDAY, MEMBERS' PARTY
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Tour the Warner House with Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair Kerry Vautrot as she presents the scope of the forthcoming LCHIP project. Click here for more on the LCHIP grant. Get hands on as Kerry guides you directly to the much-needed work. You will go from the bottom to the top of the Warner House, so bring your flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. On the tour, you will see some of our most pressing needs such as the basement piers and the cupola windows.
Refreshments will be served. Free to members. Not a member? Click here for more information.
While the Members' Party is a way for the Warner House Association to express gratitude for the continued support of our members, the LCHIP is a matching grant, and it is crucial the work be completed. Following the tours, we will be accepting donations toward the LCHIP project, so if inclined, please bring your checkbooks!
In an amazing display of generosity and love for the Warner House, a member who wishes to remain anonymous has already pledged a matching grant of $25,000 to the LCHIP matching grant! This incredible gesture will help the Warner House reach its goals; however, fundraising efforts must be matched to the penny to receive this remarkable gift.
July 10, Thursday, macpheadris gravestone rubbing demonstration
5 p.m. at point of Graves
Join Cassandra and Paulette from Gravestone Artwear of York, Maine, at Point of Graves cemetery, Mechanic Street, Portsmouth, NH. Learn the history of tombstone art, the stone carvers & ways to preserve these valuable monuments of history.
Available for purchase will be new Warner House t-shirts, designed by Gravestone Artwear & inspired by the Macpheadris gravestone. These are a must have! Proceeds support the Warner House. RAIN DATE is July 12, 4:00 p.m.
JULY 19, SATURDAY, THE DEATH OF JONATHAN WARNER: LAST OF THE COCKED HATS
Starting at 11 a.m.
Step back to the springtime of 1814 and experience the retelling of the last days of Jonathan Warner in the intimate setting of the Warner House.
$10 members / $15 non-members
JULY 31, THURSDAY, MEMENTO MORI: THE ART AND SENTIMENT OF MOURNING JEWELRY
5:30 p.m. AT DISCOVER PORTSMOUTH CENTER
Laura Johnson, associate curator, Historic New England
From coffin-shaped rings to watch chains made from human hair, memorializing the dead changed dramatically in New England from 1700 to 1900. Such intimate keepsakes helped the living to grieve and to sympathize. Laura Johnson will discuss the many ways New Englanders remembered their loved ones through a wide range of ornaments.
Last of the Cocked Hats lecture series
AUGUST 15, FRIDAY, ANNUAL TWILIGHT TOUR OF PORTSMOUTH
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Celebrate Jonathan Warner's birthday, born in 1726, and see the Warner House at dusk. The "candles" are lit for a unique experience in one of the earliest houses in Portsmouth. Sponsored by the Portsmouth Historic House Associates, the Twilight Tour allows you to visit several historic houses in Portsmouth including the following: Warner House, Pitt Tavern at Strawbery Banke Museum, Gov. John Langdon House, Rundlet-May House, John Paul Jones House, Moffatt-Ladd House, Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion and Wentworth Lear Historic Houses. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the participating museums.
$18 adults, $8 children (advanced price); $20 adults, $10 children (day of event).
AUGUST 28, THURSDAY, Putting the Cocked Hat to Rest, the Rise of Industrialism in the Piscataqua Region
Peter Michaud, National Register, Preservation Tax Incentives & Easements Coordinator, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources.
Jonathan Warner’s death in 1814 marked the transition period between the demise of the old 18th century economic order and the rise of the Industrial Revolution and 19th century capitalism. Peter Michaud will look at the shift of the Piscataqua economy from the old town by the sea to newly developed industrial towns and cities inland from Portsmouth.
Last Of The Cocked Hats lecture series
UPDATE: Due to scheduling conflict, please note the change of date from newsletter for this program from Aug. 21, 2014 to Aug. 28, 2014.
SEPTEMBER 4, THURSDAY, Take the Portrait & Run
James Smith, research assistant, Portsmouth Athenaeum.
Find out more about the heirs of the Warner fortune like Elizabeth Pitts Caseaux, Jonathan Warner's niece who after receiving a bulk of the estate including Warner's portrait moved to France.
Last Of The Cocked Hats lecture series
SEPTEMBER 21, SUNDAY, JoNATHAN WARNER'S MAGICAL MADRIGALS
Listen to the the delightful sounds of madrigals, a cappella music derived from Europe and brought to America in the late 1600s through the 1700s. Enjoy this rare treat as the performers are dressed in period costumes with the grand setting of the historic Warner House.
$30 for members / $35 for non-members. Space is limited. For ticket information, please contact the Warner House.
SEPTEMBER 27, saturday, "BOTH SIDES OF THE POND"
presented by the portsmouth maritime folk festival (PMfF)
12:30 — 2:00 p.m.
Musicians Andy Kenna, Ken Schatz, and John Roberts perform a musical comparison of sea songs from North America and Great Britain in the delightful setting of the Warner House garden. Bring your friends and family and enjoy this FREE, feel-good festival that is happening throughout Portsmouth. (In case of rain, the venue will change from the Warner House garden to the 2nd floor of the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street.)
October 4, Saturday, An Evening in "Old Fields"
4 - 7 p.m. at the Ichabod Goodwin House, South Berwick, Maine
Celebrate and support the Warner House at the annual Patrons' Party located in the 1797 Ichabod Goodwin House in South Berwick, Maine.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PATRONS' PARTY AND TO BUY YOUR TICKET ONLINE CLICK HERE: 2014 Patrons' Party.
October 8, WEDNESDAY, Expectations Dashed
5:30 P.M. AT DISCOVER PORTSMOUTH CENTER
Sandra Rux, curator, Portsmouth Historical Society
Both Jonathan Sherburne and Samuel Sherburne, sons of Jonathan Warner's sister, Sarah, had been, at different times deeded substantial parts of Jonathan Warner's property (later deeded back to Jonathan Warner). Samuel had been his son-in-law and Jonathan was his namesake. A diary kept by Jonathan Sherburne sheds light on why he was disinherited. Learn how they fared in the will and why.
Last Of The Cocked Hats lecture series
Other events and programs not yet included on the Calendar of Events include a curatorial tour, special hardhat tours, church tour, and the annual Patrons' Party.
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