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Catch the Holiday Spirit Our Annual Holiday Open House Dec. 8th-14th

Monday, 28 November 2016 12:16

We hope you will join us at our annual holiday open house Dec 8th through 14th. It's a chance to get into the holiday spirit and see the historic Davenport Mansion decked out in beautiful greens and holiday decorations. The Holiday Open House will kick-off with a reception Thursday, December 8th from 4-8 pm with light refreshments and hot drinks; suggested donation for the reception is $10.

The holiday open house will continue daily from Friday, December 9 – Wednesday Dec 14, 11:00 am-3:00 pm. This year’s theme celebrates the “Animals of the Wakefield Estate,” both domestic (including Jack the Llama) and wild, and will have special appeal to families. A free wildlife ornament making activity is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th at 11:00 am, offering the perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the open house, visit the animals, and have fun. Handmade wreaths will be available for purchase throughout the open house hours to help get you started on your own holiday decorations. Admission to the open house is a suggested donation of $5, members are free. Group rates are available. To rsvp or arrange a group visit, call 617-333-0924 x22.

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Make a Holiday Wreath Workshop Dec. 1st

Friday, 28 October 2016 09:37

The Wakefield Estate will hold our popular wreath-making workshop Thursday, December 1st from 6:30-8:00 pm. Participants will create a fabulous holiday wreath for their door with locally-sourced fancy evergreens. This workshop will begin at 6:30 pm with a short demonstration by Landscape Director Deb Merriam on how to make a wreath base from locally sourced greens. After that, Lisa Ahern from Cedar Grove Gardens, will show how to embellish that plain base and turn it into a custom-made show stopper! All materials provided but feel free to bring your own decorations. If extra wreaths are produced, they will be sold as part of our Holiday Wreath Sale. The fee for this class is $35; $25 for members. Space is limited and registration is required; call 617-333-0924 x22. 

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Sign Up for Holiday Inspiration with Lisa Ahern Nov. 9th

Thursday, 13 October 2016 13:05

The recent cool nights remind us that soon the holidays will be sneaking up. That means it's time for "Holiday Inspiration with Lisa," our annual holiday decoration demonstration by Lisa Ahern, floral designer for Cedar Grove Gardens. On Nov. 9th at 6:30 pm, Lisa will share her tips on how to create beautiful and easy floral accents for the holiday home, emphasizing creative and fun ways to make your home and table "shine" during the holidays. Enjoy some light refreshments, mulled cider or a glass of wine while watching Lisa work her magic! Most of the arrangements created during the workshop are raffled among those present at the end of the evening. Price for the workshop is $25 per person, $15 for members. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 617-333-0924 x22.

Thanks to Richard O'Mara of Cedar Grove Gardens for donating all materials used at the demo and Lisa for donating her time and expertise. Cedar Grove Gardens is a great place to get all your holiday decorations.

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Help us celebrate (and save) bats Sat. Oct. 22nd

Thursday, 13 October 2016 12:09


We warmly invite you to join us for our event during Bat Week 2016, an annual celebration dedicated to sharing the importance of those flying, furry mammals we love-and need-so much. We're excited and you should be, too! On October 22nd, join us starting at 11:00 am for a program of activities that celebrates these valuable and enigmatic creatures. The program will begin with a brief presentation on the importance of bats in the environment; then build your own bat house to take home and finally help us improve bat habitat at the Wakefield for an hour of invasive removal so that we can plant native plants for bats!

This is your chance to learn about a fascinating animal, log some community service hours in a fun way, and really make a difference to your community and the environment.

Registration for this event is greatly appreciated. To register, call 617-333-0924x22.

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