Old Fashioned Picnic

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Visit the Mansion on Saturday, June 10, 2017 for our twelfth annual Old Fashioned Picnic. Enjoy nineteenth century activities all around the grounds. Dress in Victorian clothes and have your photo taken. You will go home with a photo! Enjoy a game of croquet, participate in the scavenger hunt, and play ring toss. Mt. Airy resident, Jay Efran, will entertain you with a magic show. Relish hot dogs, root beer, ginger ale, and ice cream – foods popularized during the Victorian era. Win prizes. Have your face painted. Get to know your neighbors.

Saturday, June 10, 2017, Noon to 3:00 pm 

ADMISSION FREE – Pay as you go for activities

Victorian Musicale

“Song of the Wrens” by Arthur Sullivan with words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Broberg Keenze | Ebenezer Maxwell MansionEbenezer Maxwell Mansion is pleased to present operatic soprano, Rebecca Broberg, and accomplished pianist, Marvin Keenze, for an exceptional performance of “Song of the Wrens” by Arthur Sullivan with words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

George Grove, the secretary of the Crystal Palace, originally suggested a collaboration between Tennyson and Sullivan on a German-style song cycle, in English, but similar to Schubert’s De Schöne Müllerin. Grove was a friend of Sullivan’s and an early promoter of his music. An English-language narrative song cycle, like Schubert’s, was a novelty. On October 17, 1866, Grove and Sullivan dined with Tennyson at his home on the Isle of Wight, where they began to discuss the piece.

The songs were finally published early in 1871 and included twelve poems written by Tennyson, eleven of which Sullivan had set to music.

Songs in the cycle

  1. On the Hill
  2. At the Window
  3. Gone!
  4. Winter
  5. Spring
  6. The Letter
  7. No Answer
  8. No Answer
  9. The Answer
  10. When?
  11. Marriage Morning

 

Cost: $35, Member cost: $30

Call 215-438-1861 to purchase tickets.

Dickens Christmas Party

Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Dickens Christmas Party | Ebenezer Maxwell MansionCelebrate this holiday season by attending the Mansion’s Dickens Christmas Party. Santa Claus will be on hand from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm to hear wish lists from children. Take home a photo of your child with Santa as a remembrance of the afternoon. Children have the opportunity to create an ornament featuring a photo with Santa Claus.

Throughout the afternoon, Touch of Classics Victorian Carolers will perform holiday favorites such as “Sleigh Ride,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Winter Wonderland.” Musical interludes will be interspersed with Victorian Theatre presentations. At 2:00 pm, actress Megan Edelman as Louisa May Alcott will perform one of Alcott’s stories, “Tilly’s Christmas.” And then at 3:15 pm, Mansion favorite, Josh Hitchens, will perform his compelling one-man show of Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Hitchens premiered this one-man performance at the Mansion in December 2009.

Christmas cookies and punch will be served in the Mansion’s historic 1860s kitchen.

COST: $20, children 12 & under: $10 Call 215-438-1861 to purchase tickets. Reservations are required.