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Meet our new llamas at Blue Hills Winter Soupfest 2/23

Friday, 25 January 2019 09:21

Meet our new llamas at Blue Hills Winter Soupfest - Homemade soups, craft beer, and winter family fun for all - Saturday, February 23, 1:00-4:00 pm

 Come and meet our new llamas, including 3-month old Betty, at the Blue Hills Winter Soupfest - an afternoon of hearty homemade soups, locally crafted beer and winter fun for the whole family. The Winter Soupfest is a fundraiser to support the estate's outdoor education program. Enjoy a winter afternoon at the estate with your friends, roast a marshmallow and make a 'smore, and enjoy soup, hot cider and beer, around the fire pit. Visitors will have a chance to snap a selfie with the llamas and join in a walk with the animals. Tickets are $20 per person; children under 18 free, but all must register. Ticket price includes a take-away Wakefield Estate mug with which you can refill for all-you-can-eat homemade soup, cider and beer. Tickets must be purchased in advance and on-line here. Snow date: Sunday, February 24, 1:00-4:00 pm. For more information, call 617-333-0924 or click here.

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Celebrating Jack the Llama, RIP sweet beast

Thursday, 03 January 2019 12:51

We are heartbroken to share the sad news of the passing of our beloved Jack the llama. He died as he lived his years here at the estate: surrounded by his flock of adoring sheep. He will be missed by many. Hundreds of visiting students were delighted to feed him out of their little hands and often said it was their favorite moment of their day-long field trip. We hope you had a chance to meet him. He'll be in our hearts forever.
Enjoy these, some of our favorite photos of that sweet wonderful beast or check out this slideshow or this recent photo montage on Jack the Llama's facebook page.

If you'd like to contribute to our getting a new llama this year, click here and note "in memory of Jack."

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Introducing "Dogwood Lane," our new quarterly journal

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 12:09

We are excited about the launch of our new quarterly journal, entitled "Dogwood Lane." Each quarter, Dogwood Lane will focus on a different aspect of our programs and work of the Mary M. B. Charitable Trust. The first edition provides a deeper understating of how we carry out our mission to "promote life-long participatory learning using the resources of the Wakefield Estate," with a focus on three of the estate's educational programs. We hope you will take a few minutes to read it and will enjoy learning more about our work. We'd love to hear what you think!

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 1, Issue One - Wakefield Estate's educational programs.

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 1, Issue Two - Horticultural Research at the Wakefield Estate. 

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 1, Issue Three - A Deeper Look at Wakefield Family History.

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 1, Issue Four - Focus on the Wakefield Estate's Horticultural Partnerships - Collaborations "In The Garden."

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 2, Issue One - Exploring the Wakefield Estate's Key Educational Alliances and Partnerships

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 2, Issue Two - How We Draw Inspiration From Earth Day's 50th Anniversary.


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2nd Annual Merry Historic Milton Progressive Dinner Tour Dec. 7th

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:11

2nd Annual
Merry Historic Milton Progressive Dinner Tour
A holiday tour & tastings at three historic houses
Friday, December 7; two starts - 6:00 and 7:30 pm
Sponsored by Fiduciary Trust Company
Dinner tour includes visits and courses at these three historic homes: Forbes House, Wakefield Estate, and Eustis Estate
On Friday December 7, join an exclusive progressive holiday dinner at three historic mansions in Milton: Forbes House Museum, the Wakefield Estate, and the Eustis Estate. Each house will be decorated for the holidays and feature one course and a signature drink, drawing inspiration from the holiday traditions of New England.  Proceeds support the educational programs of these three Milton non-profit organizations.

The tour begins at the Forbes House Museum with appetizers, drinks and live chamber music.   Next, enjoy a cozy fireside stop at the Wakefield Estate for the main course, then on to the Eustis Estate for a nightcap and dessert with live jazz.  New this year and included with your ticket, take home a professional souvenir photo to commemorate MHM 2018.

The tour begins at the Forbes House Museum. Transportation is provided between each site and will return you to Forbes House Museum at the end of the tour.  Contributors and donors to the event include Mariposa Bakery of Cambridge, Cypress Catering Company of Milton, Keating Brokerage and Kelley & Rege Properties, Inc.

Tickets are $110 for members of Historic New England, Forbes House, or Wakefield Estate; $125 non-members. 

Choose between two start times (tour lasts three hours):
  • 6:00 pm. Return to Forbes House Museum at 9:00 pm.
  • 7:30 pm. Return to Forbes House Museum at 10:30pm
Limited tickets available and advance purchase is required. Buy tickets online at this link or call  857-317-2511 to reserve your ticket. In the event of snow, the tour will be held Friday, December 14. For more information, call us at 617-333-0924.

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