Make plans to join us for our second annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 26th from 1-3 pm on the grounds of the historic John Jay French Museum! Bring your camera and take photos with the Easter Bunny, make a craft, tour the first floor of the French home, and of course, enjoy the egg hunt with three separate areas divided by age group! What a fun way to experience this Beaumont historical treasure! Tickets are $5.00 per person and all proceeds benefit the John Jay French Museum and our mission of historical education and preservation in Beaumont.
March 21st proved to be one of the rainiest days in some time, but the deluge would do nothing to dim the beauty of our grand lady, the Chambers House, on the evening of our 3rd Annual Moonlight Masquerade Ball. She stood in her finery, receiving guests for this grand occasion, and was admired by everyone who ventured into her rooms. The Ball gave us the opportunity to showcase this wonderful home in a unique manner, transporting guests back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, a time when the Chambers Home was in her heyday.
There are many I wish to thank, without whom our event would not have been a success: Giglio Distributing Co., for their continued support of our preservation efforts and their donation of the majority of the liquor and all of the beer; Deco Designs, Janey Phelan, located at Burns Antik Haus, for her gracious donation of the Sorrelli jewelry raffled at the event; It’s All ‘N the Presentation, for assistance with the fabulous décor; AAA Rentals, who minimized guest exposure from the elements by providing additional covered walkways; Debb’s Liquor, for the donation of ice and use of their ice chests; Bando’s staff, for serving their delicious food in less than ideal weather conditions; Controlled Fluids, for the use of their parking lot; the Night and Day Orchestra, for performing the perfect music to enhance the event; Remi Kate Kimball “Ginger” and Porter LaPray “Fred”, for selling raffle tickets; our volunteer docents, and the many Board members who sold tickets and/or volunteered their time. A special thank you to all those who attended. I sincerely hope you had a memorable time and gained a new appreciation of this special Beaumont treasure!
Just two weeks after the Ball, we held our first Easter egg hunt in decades on the gorgeous grounds of the John Jay French Museum. The weather cooperated, and we had a great turn-out on a beautiful day. I wish to extend a special thanks to Terra Bella Stables for graciously underwriting this event. Also, thanks to Susan and Roger McCurry, M&D Supply, and Market Basket for their in-kind donations. Everyone met Mrs. Easter Bunny and “John Jay French.” It was a wonderful family event, and one which we plan to hold annually so keep us in mind for next year!
We at the Beaumont Heritage Society love the French Museum…and apparently the local raccoons do, too! Our aging, cedar shake roof provides the perfect opportunity for exploration by area wildlife, and with it, comes leaks. I am pleased to announce that with a generous grant from the Chambers Charitable Foundation, we will be replacing our roof with new cedar shakes in May. We are very appreciative of this grant, and wish to thank Capital One and the Foundation for their assistance with the preservation of this important Beaumont historical landmark.
The 3rd Annual Moonlight Masquerade Ball was a huge success, in spite of the weather! The Golden Age of Hollywood came alive for a lovely evening on the Chambers House grounds. Guests dined on delicious food, sampled period cocktails (the Gin Fizz was a favorite!), and enjoyed the beautiful music of the Night and Day Orchestra. Tons of fun was had learning period dances led by Rebecca Woodland including the Grizzly Bear and the Frankenstein! Even “Ginger Rogers” and “Fred Astaire” were in attendance! The first floor of the Chambers home was open for tours during the Masquerade Cocktail Hour. Thank you all who were able to attend!
The Easter Bunny hopped on over to the John Jay French Museum on Saturday, April 3rd, to the delight of area children! Comfortably seated in a rocker on the porch of the historic home, children visited the bunny before taking part in an Easter egg hunt on the vast, beautiful grounds. The kids also decorated pots in Heritage Hall and were given soil and rye grass seeds to plant when they got home. Plan on bringing your kids or grandkids next year!