June 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and Fellow Members:

My sister and I used to make a great many excuses in years gone by when we were out of touch for a time.  My favorite thing to say was “my heart has written you many times, but my hand has not.”  That’s my excuse for this delayed June Newsletter.

Unfortunately, I begin this newsletter on a sad note, to let you know of the passing of one of our membership, Sally (Aldrich) Adams.  Sally departed our world on April 18th, at the age of 95.  It was my joy to communicate with Sally via emails, and then finally in person at her home in Medfield.  Her son Roger made a visit to the Smith-Appleby House possible for her, and it was a very happy day for all of us.  Sally helped at one of Maria (Myra) Appleby’s famous May Breakfast in the 1930’s, and shared with me how she discovered a purse that had been thrown away on an embankment on the property, and how she found several coins inside.  Sally wrote to me with her family connection:

“My father, Frank Shaw Aldrich, was the son of Cora Shaw Aldrich.  Cora was the daughter of Waity Appleby and Job Shaw of Smithfield.  Waity was the daughter of John Appleby and Patience Harris.  John was the son of Thomas Appleby and Waite Smith.” 

Sally’s son Roger has made it possible for a great many items belonging to the family to become what will be a very important collection for the Smith-Appleby House.  For this, and for the amazing person Sally was, we are very grateful.

To other matters pertaining to the museum, I think there is always time for tea, and that was the case on Sunday, April 7th, when Smithfield Troop 922 joined us for a Martha Washington Tea.  We entertained 10 Daisies, who were resplendent in 18th Century clothes, and dined on Martha Washington’s cookies and candies and an array of sandwiches and other desserts.  I believe we helped make a very special memory day for these little girls.  After the tea, they had a visit with Martha Washington, as portrayed by our Historical Society President, Deb Cote.

Our 40th Annual May Breakfast was a sold out event again this year, and as I have said in the past, there is little or nothing accomplished at the museum without the help and support of all our members and volunteers, and that is appreciated!  Many thanks for all the willing hands that made this past May Breakfast a success.  While thanks are being expressed, I am including some information from our Treasurer, Bob Sherman from his May 9th Treasurer’s Report:

“In the past nine months, Peter Giammarco has raised more money individually ($2,015) and has put in more hours toward these fund raising events than any other single Historical Society member.  Peter’s events include Saturday afternoon Open House that raised $1,100.00, Tavern Night that raised $775.00 and What’s Cooking that raised $190.00.  In addition to investing his time to raise these funds he purchases and donates all of the food for each event.

Thanks to Peter and his friends, including June Giammarco and Mike Korba.  The Smith-Appleby House is the only Colonial Museum in New England open every Saturday afternoon during the entire winter, beginning December and ending in April where visitors can experience period dressed interpreters, open hearth cooking and house tours.”

I certainly would like to add my voice regarding Peter’s fund raising efforts, but also to express thanks for the magnificent gardens that Peter and June are maintaining on the property.  It is something that people constantly comment on.

Other events at the house have included two school groups:  William Windsor, and Anna McCabe where 90 school children were entertained and educated with weaving, stenciling, candle dipping, silhouettes, writing with quill pens and games – two busy, happy days!

We hosted a wedding on June 22nd, an 18th Century themed wedding, and on June 29th the first of our four open houses this summer season. The remaining open house dates are:

  • July 27 – Open House Rhody Ramble – with old time games
  • August 17 – Open House Rhody Ramble – we’re making cornhusk dolls
  • September 28 – Open House – Smithsonian Day – scherenschnitte & thaumatropes
  • November 8 & 9 – Colonial Dinner – A Pirates Bounty
  • December – Christmas Open House, December 8 (members Christmas party December 14)

Lastly, we are still collecting email addresses (saving a stamp); so if you have not already done so, send me your new email! (smithappleby@aol.com

Warmest wishes,

Maggie Botelho

Program Director



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