WOBURN READS: High Tea with Isabella Stewart Gardner
March 26, 2014
6:00pm High Tea (for those who registered)
7:00pm Performance by Jessa Piaia (open to all)
Isabella Stewart Gardner, as portrayed by historical re-enactor Jessa Piaia, shares tales of art and adventure in this presentation. Most of us think of Isabella in the splendor of her home, which became a museum. How do we separate the woman from the myth?
Gardner is remembered as a great patroness of the arts, and strong supporter of our beloved Boston Red Sox. She was one of the first people to encourage American artists. The Gardners often traveled to Europe and the Far East and became collectors of art from around the world. When her art collection grew too large for her home on Beacon Street, a Venetian palace was built on the Fenway to contain her collections. After her death, this home became the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
On Wednesday, March 26, at 7 PM, you can meet “Mrs. Jack” at the Woburn Public Library. For those of you who registered for the high tea before this event, the doors of the library will open at 5:45 and the tea will begin at 6 PM. This will allow everyone more time to enjoy the ambiance of the library during tea.
Registration for the high tea is now closed. Friends, family, and others who are interested can still attend Jessa Piaia’s performance. Doors will open for that part of the program at 6:50.
Jessa Piaia’s character portrayals celebrate women of the past whose diverse lives span three centuries. In her poignant and inspiring dramatic vignettes, Jessa reveals the accomplishments, struggles, and contributions of these women to American history. Jessa depicts each woman’s life set against the historic events and issues of the day.
Ms. Piaia studied performance at London’s Oval House Theatre, graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and currently works at Harvard University.