Event Details

  • 07/05/2015

    Location: Little Studio | Map Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Fee Information: Included with normal entrance fee for the park, $5.00, ages 16 and over, children free Contact Phone Number: (603) 675-2175 x106

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH and the Trustees of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial will present Cornish Colony Family Picnic Day, on Sunday, July 5, beginning at 10:30 A.M. and concluding with a Dixieland Band concert by the Riverboat Stompers, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic, explore the home, studio and gardens of the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and discover the art, poetry and drama for children created by Cornish Art Colony artists Maxfield Parrish and Louise Saunders.  This special program of hands-on activities for children of all ages will include life-size figure-painting, poetry in the garden, "tableaux vivants" costume games, and a presentation of Saunders' comic play The Knave of Hearts at 12:30 PM. Young visitors will be invited to perform.

The Knave of Hearts will be performed as a "human puppet show" featuring Cornish, Plainfield and Fairlee elementary students with Upper Valley adult actors voicing the parts. The play is directed by Samantha Davidson Green of the Cornish Drama Club and costumes are designed by Amanda Posner. The "tableaux vivants" are inspired by Maxfield Parrish's iconic illustrations for the play. Figure painting activities will be directed by AVA Gallery instructor Julie Puttgen. Young actors are Charlie Cloud, Lily Barber, Emily Fielder, Norah Wishnefsky, Erin Fielder, and Duncan Green, David Cassidy, and Sofia O'Leary and adult actors are Michelle Carlson, Larry Wolkin, Robert O'Leary, Allison Brown, Justin Pomerville, and Noor Taher.

The Riverboat Stompers is a seven-piece jazz band specializing in traditional Dixieland jazz. Everything played is improvisational, adding spontaneity to each performance. Much of the band's repertoire was written in the 1920s;yet the group's renditions keep that music sounding fresh while staying true to the genre. Engagements have included outdoor concerts sponsored by a variety of towns in Massachusetts and across New England at both public and private events.

This is the second of ten concerts in the 2015 Saint-Gaudens Summer Concert Series, presented annually by the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Trustees. Concerts feature an eclectic series of programs drawing from classical, jazz, ethnic and musical theater genres. This concert is generously sponsored by the James Tasker Covered Bridge Fund, N.H. Charitable Foundation and Friends of Robert Meyers.


What:   Cornish Colony Family Picnic Day

a special program of interactive activities to introduce children of all ages to the Cornish Art Colony, in particular Maxfield Parrish and Louise Saunders, and their abundant creative works for children

Where:  Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire

When:  Sunday, July 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

with performance of The Knave of Hearts at 12:30 PM

followed by The Riverboat Stompers Dixieland Jazz Band at 2-4 PM

Cost:   Included with admission to Saint-Gaudens NHS ($7 adults;under 16 free)

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