A big thank you to the B.A. and Elinor Steinhagen Foundation for our new fencing. We appreciate the support! Come out and admire the beautiful new fence in front of the museum complex, along the side yard, in front of the cemetery, behind the blacksmith shop and along the parking lot at the visitor center. This addition not only beautifies the grounds, but also helps secure the property as well as defines the museum complex borders, adding privacy. We love it!
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.