Letter: Marking 100 years of the Gloucester Woman’s Club
Editor, Gazette Journal:
The Gloucester Woman’s Club is happy to announce that its 100th Year Anniversary Celebration is in full swing! A large banner has been hung on the front of Edge Hill House to commemorate the event. Our club was officially organized and had its first board meeting at the colonial courthouse on March 29, 1913, thus the timing of our celebration. Diligent planning and research, along with several fundraisers, have been done, with more to come. We have worked closely with our neighbors, The Fairfield Foundation, as we plan this special year.
The club’s first public event (in April) was the presentation by Bill Lawrence of his newest book, "The History of Edge Hill House, Home of the Gloucester Woman’s Club." It was printed by the Gazette-Journal, and is available for purchase at the Gloucester Museum of History, the Gloucester Visitor’s Center and at Edge Hill House. Our club members will celebrate privately with former and potential members at their annual May picnic, dressed in styles reflecting the last
The major celebration will be a free, community-wide Open House on Oct. 5. We plan to have costumed re-enactors interpreting the many eras of Edge Hill House. Initially, the house was a colonial residence, it became a store, a carriage, blacksmith, and wagon maker’s shop; a dressmaker’s shop, and finally 100 years ago the home of the Woman’s Club. Freshly-baked gingerbread cookies and apple cider will be served at what should be a festive and educational event.
On Dec. 13, a catered, colonial, candlelight dinner, with musical entertainment, will be open to the public, and Edge Hill House will be decorated for the holidays for our concluding event of 2013.
We look forward to sharing our historic building and its rich history with the community that we have served for many years.
Madelyn Weaver, president
Gloucester Woman’s Club