Lecture about Piscataqua Textiles in the 1700’s

Lecture about Piscataqua Textiles in the 1700’s


South Berwick, Maine- Old Berwick Historical Society will present an online lecture by textile historian Sandra Rux titled “Bed, Furniture and Window Curtain Textiles in Piscataqua Inventories, 1700-1800” on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm in the Whipple Theater at Berwick Academy.  


Inventories of wealthy citizens reveal many high-end fabrics used for bed coverings and curtains plus, as the 18th century progressed, an increasing number of window curtains. The inventory of Elizabeth Rindge Wentworth (d. 1794) is notable for its inclusion of a silk quilt paired with worsted damask bed and window curtains with window squabs. Middling and aspiring families such as Tobias Lear and Bartholomew Stavers owned bed and window curtains of furniture check. Rux will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of using inventories to help reconstruct the stories of the lives lived by early Piscataqua people.


Sandra Rux received a BA in History from the University of Connecticut and an MA in History from Trinity College, Hartford CT and is a graduate of the Museum Studies program of the Munson Institute, Mystic Seaport Museum. She came to Portsmouth in 2005 as the Synergy manager for the Portsmouth Historical Society, Warner House and Wentworth-Gardner and Lear Houses and then served as manager and curator for the Portsmouth Historical Society until December 2014. She served as Curator of the Warner House Association (2014-2019) and chairperson of the Portsmouth Athenaeum Exhibits Committee (2014-2021). A hand loom weaver herself, she has written about nineteenth-century carpet weaving for the Dublin Seminar and in Corsets, Clocks and Locks, a book about the industrial development of New Haven, CT.


Admission is free to members, donations gratefully accepted from non-members. The lecture is open to the public, no registration is required. The lecture will be recorded and posted to the society’s website. The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2022 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors.


The Counting House Museum is currently open by appointment only. The upcoming textile exhibit, “Material Culture: Domestic Cloth-Making in 18th-Century New England” opens on June 4th. More information is available by calling 207-384-0000 or visiting www.oldberwick.org.

A Royal invitation from Garrison Players Arts Center

A Royal invitation from Garrison Players Arts Center: Once Upon a Mattress by Marshall Barer and Mary Rodgers.

Get your tickets early as they’re going fast for this fun and silly musical based on the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” 


Performance dates are May 13 through 29.  Friday and Saturday performances at 8pm and Sunday performances at 2pm at Garrison Players Arts Center, 449 Roberts Rd, Rollinsford.

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for Students. Visit www.garrisonplayers.org, or email boxoffice@garrisonplayers.org, or call 603-750-4278.

Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center. For more information about auditions, volunteering, shows, or GPAC, visit the website at www.garrisonplayers.org

Garrison Players Arts Center Youth Ed’s Summer Camp

Garrison Players Arts Center presents our Youth Ed’s Broadway Musical Theater Summer Camp

Mary Poppins Jr!

Register at garrisonplayers.org. Spaces are limited so register early to receive our ‘Early Bird” special!

Camp runs July 18th – August 6th, 2022, Mon – Fri 9am-3pm for ages 8-16

Camp Director Melissa Manseau, Asst. Camp Director: Megan Davenport Karas

Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film.  Come be a part of this magical production

Performances: August 5th & 6th at 2pm and 7pm

Camp tuition: $550 due by June 30th. $495 Early Bird registration due by May 1st.

We are always in need of volunteers and helpers for our productions. If you are willing to support this amazing Summer Camp email: Youthed@garrisonplayers.org

Drop In Teen Game Night

Drop In teen Game night at the Dover Public Library. Join us on Monday, April 25 at 6pm for Game Night! Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to drop in and play some games on the Switch, try out some Jackbox games, or play some of our board and card games. Snacks will be provided!

Cornerstone VNA Hosts FREE Virtual Caregiver Event

Cornerstone VNA Hosts FREE Virtual Caregiver Event


Rochester, NH – Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health provider, is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Caregivers Connect, a special event that focuses on providing support to family caregivers. This free virtual event will take place on Wednesday, May 4, from 10:00am – 11:30am, and is generously underwritten by First Seacoast Bank.


Attendees will hear from funny motivational speaker, Kay Frances. At her energetic, upbeat presentation, family caregivers will be reminded to keep their sense of humor, manage their stress, and take care of themselves. The first fifty registrants will receive a copy of Kay’s book, “The Funny Thing About Stress” after their attendance is confirmed on the day of the event.


“We are incredibly happy to present our annual Caregivers Connect event, which will be virtual again this year to appeal to a wider audience. Our theme of ‘laughter is the best medicine’ will most surely resonate with our local family caregivers,” states Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO, Cornerstone VNA. Janice Howard, Life Care – Private Duty Director at Cornerstone VNA adds, “In addition to the supportive and lively discussion, this event will assist our caregivers to experience a sense of camaraderie. It can be very comforting to know you are not alone in your journey as the caregiver of a loved one.”


To register for this special event or to learn more, call 800-691-1133 x1109 or visit cornerstonevna.org/caregiver22.


Cornerstone VNA currently serves Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty, and Community Care. For 109 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

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