Rumor has it that we'll be raffling off a vintage chair here at the Scriven Arts Colony Monday night, August 14, when art historian Kristina Wilson visits to talk about furniture designer Herman Miller. Arrive early to boost your chances of winning, if the raffle happens. The show starts at 7:30.
Join us in the barn as art historian Kristina Wilson considers how the Herman Miller Furniture Company incorporated ‘exotic’ tourist art from faraway lands in its advertising to give its products—including storage pieces, tables, and chairs—a global, cosmopolitan air. A lifelong Gilmanton summer resident, Wilson is a professor at Clark University, in Worcester, and the author of Livable Modernism: Interior Decorating and Design During the Great Depression, published by Yale University Press. She is now at work on a new book about the 1950s.
When I was on Google Maps the other day, I discovered that The Scriven Arts Colony is now somehow, miraculously, on the map.
The last Scriven Arts Colony event of the season, a Halloween haunted house, was ten months in the planning. My across-the-street neighbor, Charlie Townsend, and his son, Chas, an eight grader, dreamed up a theme--"How The Zombies Stole Christmas"--and proceeded to scour the town dump every week or so, on the hunt for broken toys they could use in a demented Santa's workshop where the elves destroyed, rather than built, toys. As Halloween approached, the Townsends enlisted the proud members of the Gilmanton School theater club, who magnificently ghouled up our barn and also put the word out all over town. A total of 172 people showed up to tour the barn. Nearly all of them quavered with fear. Not a single one died of a heart attack.
Six months in the planning, our farm-to-table dinner, Taste of Gilmanton, proved a transcendent experience last evening, with about 70 people braving the autumnal chill to gather in our rickety old barn for a special meal consisting only of Gilmanton made and grown food, cooked by Gilmanton chefs.
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Screening Robin Starbuck's film, Iichiilish Daik: Going to the Horses.
Robert Perreault spoke at the Peyton Place celebration on July 29. He gives walking tours of Grace Metalious' Manchester and can be reached at RPerreau@Anselm.Edu.
As promised, a post describing how to get to Grace Metalious' grave at Smith Meetinghouse Cemetery in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Thanks, Anne Onion, for the photos and the directions.
Start by getting yourself to Smith Meetinghouse on Meetinghouse Road in Gilmanton. Here's a picture of the grounds.
Friday night's celebration of the novel, Peyton Place, was a barn burner, with an overflow crowd of about 90 people showing up to celebrate the most famous book ever written in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. All the seats were filled. Some people were standing, others sitting on the floor and the workbench, and others lingering outside on the back patio, listening in. Wendy and Alan Berlind watches the proceedings while sitting in our circa 1850 sleigh. Along with his daughter, Thommie Dombrowski spectated from the precarious upstairs balcony of the barn. The vibe throughout was very Norman Rockwell, with numerous cragged New Englanders raising their hands to testify on (for instance) the time they had dinner with Peyton Place's author Grace Metalious and the time the clerk at the Gilmanton Corner Store refused to sell Grace a carton of eggs.
The star of the evening was Grace's daughter, Marsha Duprey, who began her presentation by holding up a news story about her mom's troubled rapport with Gilmanton. The headline read, "A Whole Town Hates This Woman." The clip was was out of date, however, and its message off key. Sixty years on, Gilmanton is proud to have been the home of Grace Metalious, and one attendee, Paula Gilman, who went to school with Grace's kids back in the fifties, drove this point home when she raised her hand to give Marsha a message: "We loved you guys then, and we still love you now."
Great piece about the Scriven Arts Colony in this week's Hippo Press.
Join us in the barn at 8 p.m. on July 5 as photographer Matthew Nighswander comes home to present photos of Gilmanton and beyond. A graduate of Gilmanton School and Yale University, Matt is now a multimedia editor for NBC News in New York.
Afterwards, audience members asked him to inscribe their books. Why did he sign in Swahili?
Click here to read a splendid piece that The Laconia Daily Sun did this morning on the Scriven Arts Colony. Writer Adam Drapcho got the story right, focusing on the Colony’s guiding spirit, my grandmother, Jane Scriven Cumming (1904-1998). Eighteen years on, we’re all still living in her shadow….
It snowed yesterday here at the Scriven Arts Colony, but (as the footsteps reveal) SAC staffers still showed up to whip the premises into shape for a stirring 2016 season.Read More
When it comes to selling refreshments, the Scriven Arts Colony only hires trained professionals such as Josie and Willa, aided here by their mother, Sarah Alford Onion. Customers John and Carolyn Dickey are modeling Scriven Arts Colony t-shirts, which are for sale at all SAC events and via mail order.