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Sembrich Studio Talk & Tea Tasting
Trunks and Travel... a 19th Century Journey with historian Mary Jeanne Bialas
The Sembrich, located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive in Bolton Landing, announces a studio talk and tea tasting: Trunks and Travel... a 19th Century Journey, scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $20.00.
This talk by Mary Jeanne Bialas brings to life the customs, sights and sounds of travel in New York in the late 19th Century. Topics include modes of transportation, rules and etiquette of the road, proper attire and the era's social expectations as trunks and satchels are packed and ready to go, filled with antique and vintage undergarments, outer-garments, shoes and valuable accessories.
Rather than being told that life was different back then, the audience experiences it firsthand, by unpacking the trunks and other luggage, and comparing the perceived needs and standards of the Victorian era to today's travel customs. The program includes an exhibit of post-Civil War travel outer garments and accessories for men, women and children. The talk is followed by a lakeside Victorian-style tea-tasting of select Harney teas under the Sembrich tent.
“Marcella Sembrich spent countless hours journeying from one performance venue to the next,” says Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “In order to offer a glimpse at what traveling during the Golden Age of Opera entailed and to highlight a special travel exhibit now on display at the museum, we're pleased to welcome Ms. Bialas for this lecture.”
About the Sembrich
The Marcella Sembrich Memorial Association, Inc. (MSMA), founded in 1940, honors international opera singer Marcella Sembrich at her former teaching studio and woodland retreat on Lake George, by continuing the tradition of musical performances. Each summer, renowned international musicians perform in The Sembrich Studio reminiscent of the chambers and salons in which chamber music was first played. For more information, visit www.thesembrich.org or contact The Sembrich at (518) 644-2431.
About Mary Jeanne Bialas
As director of Victorian Whispers, an educational program development agency, Mary Jeanne Bialas has made NY State history come alive for audiences of all ages. A graduate of SUNY Potsdam (BA English) holding graduate degrees, including a Masters and CAS in Educational Administration from SUNY Oswego, she completed further graduate work at Utica College of Syracuse University. As a secondary English/Drama instructor for 34 years, she developed extensive living history programs. Using her background in costume design and her love for antique clothing, she has designed traveling multi-media exhibits adding to her vision of 19th century life.