Celebrate the return of lilac season at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion on Saturday, May 25, from 10am-2pm. The grounds and mansion will be alive with blooms and activity for the whole family to enjoy! Immerse yourself in history and join us to celebrate this perennial favorite, brought to the United States by Royal Governor Benning Wentworth as early as 1750.
Explore the grounds in a scavenger hunt, bid on silent auction items, and purchase a lilac for your own property. The first floor of the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion will be open with guides stationed throughout to answer questions about the history of the families who lived there and items on display. Guided tours along Little Harbor Trail will leave from the welcome tent at 10:30am and noon.
The silent auction helps support the ongoing preservation of the property’s historic lilacs and gardens. Auction items include tickets to Bubbles and Jazz Brunch at Wentworth by the Sea, local hand-made jewelry by Daphne McDonald and Dyanna Smith, a lilac plant from Rolling Green Nursery, and a variety of lovely gift baskets.
This year, a new art exhibit opens during the Lilac Festival, as the mansion continues it’s long tradition in the arts by re-establishing the carriage house art gallery. The Plein Air Painting Exhibit, opening on May 25, is curated by local artist Tess Feltes, and features work by Denise F. Brown, Alison Huber Jewett, Pamela Lussier, Lennie Mullaney, and Darlene Furbush Ouellett. Selections from the Wentworth-Coolidge Collection will also be on display.
The mansion is located at 375 Little Harbor Road, off Route 1-A. Free parking is available. For more information, visit www.wentworthcoolidge.org.
The Lilac Festival is a free event organized by the Wentworth-Coolidge Commission, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion and its history. This year’s festival is generously sponsored by Piscataqua Savings Bank and Rolling Green Nursery.
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