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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, or click on the menu tab above at the right.

Click here to read Dogwood Lane Vol. 1, Issue Two - Horticultural Research at the Wakefield Estate, or click on the menu tab above at the right. 

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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
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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.
 


Holiday Open House Dec 6-9 - Opening Reception- Dec. 5th, 4-8 pm

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:01

We hope you will join us at our annual holiday open house December 5th through 9th. 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 Wednesday, December 5th from 4-8 pm with light refreshments and hot drinks; suggested donation for the reception is $10, $5 for members.
Holiday Open House visiting hours continue daily from Thursday, December 6 - Sunday Dec 9, 11:00 am-3:00 pm daily. Admission to the open house is a suggested donation of $5, members are free. Group rates are available. To rsvp for the Opening Reception or arrange a group visit, call 617-333-0924 x22.
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Wreath-making Workshop Nov. 29th

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 09:58

The Wakefield Estate will hold its popular wreath-making workshop Thursday, November 29th 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 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. The fee for this class is $40; $30 for members. Space is limited and registration is required; call 617-333-0924 x22.

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