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5th Annual Autumn Pie & Arts Benefit at Norlands
5th Annual Autumn Pie & Arts Benefit at Norlands


Step into the Past with mansion tours, a Victorian fashion show, concerts, and pie sale.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

1:00pm – 4:00 pm

Against a backdrop of 445 acres of rolling fields and woodlands at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore, Maine, history, art and music for all ages will fill the autumn air along with the delicious aroma of fresh baked homemade pies.

Afternoon activities include a pie sale, musical guests Neil James and the Every Other Sunday band, a Victorian fashion show, and tours of the elegant 1867 Washburn family mansion.  New this year is a student poster display and a print craft activity for children. The Norlands’ gift shop will also be open.  Admission is $5 per person and free for ages 12 and under.

Come enjoy a pleasant afternoon at this fifth annual fundraising event for the Norlands.  All proceeds benefit the living history center’s programs.

The day starts at 1:00 p.m. with a pie sale and tours of the 1867 Italianate Washburn family mansion.  Whole pies will be for sale ($12 each) while supplies last.  Pie slices will be served up with real whipped cream for a donation. Guided mansion tours will occur on the half-hour, starting around 1:15pm.  Step back into the post-Civil War years and learn about the remarkable Washburn family of Livermore.  Tours will highlight the art work of Cadwallader Lincoln Washburn (1866-1965); known internationally for his drypoint etchings, some of which are on display in the mansion’s dining room. 

Throughout the afternoon, children can follow in the footsteps of Cadwallader Lincoln by making simple and fun reverse prints using paper and paint.

Starting at 1:30pm, professional musician and teacher Neil James and his student Joey McGrath will open the show with traditional tunes played on the violin.  Afterwards, enjoy the rockin’ tunes of Neil James’ Every Other Sunday band.  Music has changed, but the contrasting moods of songs and the ability to place them well in a set has not.  This band prides itself on providing a well-rounded show with the right amount of slow and fast songs, ranging from traditional, classical, and jazz to modern and contemporary music.  Something for everyone!

Neil James, influenced by his father, began his musical profession with guitar at age of 6.  Ever since then music has been the siren’s call from other studies and professions. Neil graduated from USM with a Theatre major and Music minor and has added musical expression of all sorts to his repertoire.  Proficient on many instruments, Neil’s principle performance is on violin which he has played with AVCO and the Bates orchestra.  You may hear him on piano, woodwinds, bass, drums, viola da gamba, classical guitar and lute.  He includes theatre, musicals, plays, dancing, solo concerts and ensembles in his multifaceted performance life.

At 3:00 p.m., enjoy a fashion show performed by Norlands’ own interpretive staff.  The show features the Women’s Victorian Era.  Watch and learn as interpreters, dressed as Washburn women and their help, demonstrate how one outfit may be transformed with 19th-century style accessories.  Witness the secrets and the many layers of 19th-century dress code.

During the afternoon visitors can view a display of posters, drawn by third graders from Jay Elementary and Livermore Elementary schools.  After a field trip to the Norlands this spring, students were asked to illustrate their favorite activity at Norlands.  Student names will be entered into a drawing and the top three winners will be awarded a special prize.  Each child will receive a certificate of appreciation. The drawing takes place at 3:45 pm.

A $5 admission grants you to all of these afternoon activities from 1 pm to 4:00 pm., when you may see the slant of fall sunshine peaking through newly painted leaves, feel a light wind teasing at your collar, enjoy a great piece of pie tempting your taste buds and lose yourself in the tranquility of the Norlands.  

Activities take place rain or shine.  In case of cold or damp weather, the afternoon concert will be moved into the meeting house. All of this takes place at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road, Livermore, Maine 04253.  The event in sponsored, in part, by Axis Natural Foods (Auburn, ME) and Marden’s Inc. (Waterville, ME). For more information, visit www.norlands.org or call 207-897-4366. 

WE MAKE HISTORY FUN!  The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is a multifaceted museum offering in-depth experiences in 19th century rural life.  Our mission is to preserve the heritage and traditions of rural life in Maine's past, to celebrate the achievements of Livermore's Washburn family, and to use living history methods to make values, activities, and issues of the past relevant to present and future generations. 


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