2014 GARDEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Have a green thumb? Want to meet others who love heritage plants and gardening? Come join garden-loving volunteers at the Sargent House Museum who work 1-2 hours a week making the garden shine. Volunteers receive a free tour of the fabulous home of Judith Sargent Murray, first feminist writer in the New World. Please come join us between May – August on Thursdays 11 am-2pm, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays noon-4 pm. Flexible schedule. Contact coordinator, Jo-Ann Michalak, by messaging us here.
Middle Street Walk. December 14, 2013
Middle Street Walk. December 14, 201311:00AM-4:00PM. View our flier. Come to the Sargent House to see—and purchase—fabulous decorations by local florist Blue Gate Gardens, decorator Katerina Gates, and others. Don’t forget to check out the museum store for holiday gifts. Snack on holiday treats and enjoy our programming. From 12:00-1:00PM listen to a chamber music concert provided by Rockport High School musicians, led by director Nathan Cohen; then, from 2:30-3:00PM take in scenes from Judith Sargent Murray’s 1795 play “The Medium,” staged by the North Shore Folklore Theatre Co.
PLEASE NOTE: Seating will be limited for both performances. Please RSVP for one, the other, or both events. Suggested donation for each performance is $10.00 per person. These are benefit performances: proceeds will be split, and will support the performers as well as the Sargent House Museum.
• Members of the Rockport High School orchestra, band, and chorus will be touring to Ireland this April. Funds raised at this performance will help students pay for the trip. The tour will include Limerick, Cork, and Dublin, and will give students performance and workshop opportunities.
• In their 2014 season, North Shore Folklore Theatre Company will be reviving Judith Sargent Murray’s 18th-century comedy, ‘The Medium’ (a.k.a. ‘Virtue Triumphant’). Judith’s plays were the first plays written by an American—male or female—to be staged in Boston. They have never been performed in Gloucester, and have rarely been exhibited since their original debuts at Boston’s Federal Street Theater in 1795. Audiences will witness history in the making!
Stay tuned for more ways to support these two wonderful initiatives, and thanks as always for your continued support of the Sargent House.
Harvest Festival. November 23, 2013. $10 per person for day’s events; $20 for families; Members FREE (Join today!)
-From 10:00AM-12:00 NOON – Tour the Museum and see John Singer Sargent watercolors!
-12 Noon - Meet the new Mrs. and be dazzled by the rich colors of Copley’s portrait of Judith Sargent Stevens as a new giclée print is unveiled.
-12:30PM - Hear about Judith Sargent Murray’s take on the American Revolution ranging from her aspirations for the New Republic to gossip about her neighbors.
-1:00PM - Learn about Gloucester women during wartime from Mary Rhinelander McCarl as she describes “The Girl I Left Behind.”
(Lecture reserved seating SOLD OUT.)
-2:00PM - Annual Meeting of Members
-ALL DAY – Enjoy seasonal foods and cider with old friends and new during open hours.
Downtown Gloucester BLOCK PARTY, 2013. Check out the map and schedule of events for this year’s Downtown Gloucester Block Party. Dates were:
- Saturday, July 20th
- Saturday, August 17th
- Saturday, September 21st
The Party on Main Street ran from 6pm until 11pm; pedestrians strolled freely from Pleasant Street to Washington Street and enjoyed al fresco dining and entertainment.
Each of the nights, from 6-8pm, the Sargent House Museum hosted a “special Federal Period guest” roaming the garden, an historic lawn game, and first floor Open House. Visitors brought a blanket to picnic on our scenic lawn.
On September 21st at 6:00pm Henry Allen’s North Shore Folklore Theatre Co. reprised two acts from Judith Sargent Murray’s play “the Medium (1795)” on the Block Party stage. View pictures of the September performance. Judith’s plays were the first plays by an American woman to be staged. They have never been performed in Gloucester, and have rarely been exhibited since their original debuts at Boston’s Federal Street Theater. The audience witnessed history in the making!
View pictures of the August 17th Block Party when North Shore Folklore performed two acts from Judith Sargent Murray’s 1795 play “The Medium” in the garden. A good time was had by all as we watched young Eliza’s story come to life.
Check out our photos of the July 20th event when North Shore Folklore Theatre Company provided an historic performance act five of Judith Sargent Murray’s 1796 play “the Traveller Returned” in the garden. Boxed lunches by Beach Gourmet were for sale.
Trails & Sails, Sat. 9/21/2013. Check out the Sargent House listing for the 2013 Essex National Heritage Commission Trails and Sails event. Date: Sat. 9/21, 12:00pm-6:00pm. Open Door Event. (House was open for paid tours during this time.) Visitors explored the fascinating world of early American feminist writer Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) and her husband Reverend John Murray (1741-1815), the founder of Universalism in the Country. Event included historic children’s games and activities in the garden that bring Judith’s story to life. View photos of the event here.