Saturday, September 17, 2011


Last night Roy and I went to gallery museum event at a local historical venue. The Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum is a Greek Revival Mansion built by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Henry Baldwin in 1841 and is located in Meadville Pa, where I was born and grew up.
This venue was selected to showcase artworks and museum pieces from surrounding major cities. We were delighted to see an original Matisse and an original small piece by Picasso. Various well know artists from the area were also represented along with displays of historical interest, such as period furniture and tools and many household items representative of the day. I almost lost Roy in the antique tool room! One room housed several large glass-fronted display cases which held about 200 hand carved wooden birds local to the area.
In addition to the main house, the grounds are also home to 100 year old Japanese maples, gardens, a spring fed pond and stone patio.
Not far from the house is an 1878 sandstone ice and milk house and a rural doctor's house that had been relocated to the site from a nearby county village. Here you can see a display of medical and dental tools, pharmacy and early medical library books.
Roy was a dashing date in his charcoal pleated dress slacks and navy blazer. I wore a long dark brown velvet skirt, white top and turquoise and lace open tunic. Of course, I also wore some vintage necklaces in honor of the location and occasion. For some reason, I have fallen into the "Victorian velvet and antique jewelry" period of my life. It feels like I am dressing up in my Grandmother's clothes! What fun! Sorry, no photos of the dashing couple..maybe next time!
It was a wonderful event, with live music and refreshments, not to mention being totally immersed in a bygone era.

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