We welcomed nearly 70 guests at our annual Opera at the Mansion joint benefit with Opera Maine on July 16. Guests enjoyed a mostly Mozart program highlighting Opera Maine's production of The Marriage of Figaro along with libations and hors d'oeuvres from exclusive Mansion caterers Blue Elephant Events & Catering. Proceeds from the event benefited Victoria Mansion's education and restoration programming and Opera [...]
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Mansion Curator Arlene Palmer Schwind gave a special tour to celebrity singer and actor Ron Raines when he visited Portland at the end of July. His career spans opera, operetta, musical theater, and television. From 1994 through 2009, he played the nefarious Alan Spaulding on the popular TV show Guiding Light, and earned three Emmy nominations. Raines [...]
We are excited to announce that nine pieces of the French porcelain tea service originally owned by Ruggles and Olive Morse have just been generously donated by a descendant of Ruggles's nephew. Last fall, Robert H.L. Lipsky, Ph.D. gave Victoria Mansion a number of wonderful Morse objects, including thirteen pieces from the red service. He [...]
Over 275 guests enjoyed great Allagash ales, mouthwatering food from Noble Barbecue, mead from Maine Mead Works, craft beverages from Green Bee, and live music from the Jason Spooner Band at our annual Allagash Victoria Ale Premiere on June 29. All proceeds, including a generous $11,000 check from Allagash, benefited the Mansion's educational programming and [...]
Step back in time with us this summer! Adventures in History campers will have the chance to go behind the scenes at both the Maine Historical Society and Victoria Mansion to learn about material culture and life in the Victorian era through an exciting mix of indoor and outdoor activities, special field trips, and hands-on [...]
This past May, the Mansion was mentioned in People Magazine's article 'Top 10 New Foodie Cities,' highlighting some great spots around Portland-- including our friends at Allagash Brewing. We look forward to welcoming those new visitors who might not have previously known about the Mansion and saw the article!
Join us for tastings of great Allagash ales, mouthwatering food from Noble Barbecue, delicious mead from Maine Mead Works, craft beverages Green Bee, and live music at our annual Allagash Victoria Ale Premiere on June 29. The event takes place on the Mansion's private side lawn from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and includes a complimentary Allagash glass and tours of the [...]
Join us for this special event on the Mansion's side lawn to learn about teas from around the world and enjoy samples offered by local purveyors Soakology, Nellie's Tea Co., Clipper Merchant Tea House in Bridgton, and the Tea Space in Ogunquit. Self-guided tours of the Mansion will be offered after the talk and tasting. Tickets are $40.00 for the general public [...]
On May 15, Curator Arlene Palmer Schwind will give a talk at the Winterthur Museum in a conference titled "The Properly Dressed Window: Curtain Design Over Time." Arlene will discuss "The Sumptuous Window Treatments at Victoria Mansion" and show images of the Mansion's remarkable collection of remnants of the original 1860 curtains, valances, and trims. [...]
Since February, Scarborough Boy Scout and Earle G. Shettleworth Junior Docent Erich Chase and his father Scott Chase have been spearheading a project to revamp Victoria Mansion's Cistern Room into an organized archival and meeting space. The project, by which Erich hopes to earn an Eagle Scout badge, is now nearing its final phases, as [...]