written by courtney kasianowicz
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 DESIGN NEW ENGLAND 135
FEAST Food, Wine, and Mansion Hopping
Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, The Elms, Rosecliff, and
Marble House, Newport, RI; newportmansions.org. September 20–22.
In its eighth year, this two-day celebration includes guest chef
appearances, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, and a colossal
tasting with wine from all over the world on the lawn of the Marble House.
The exclusive “Wine & Rosecliff” opening gala, a refined evening of music,
food, and, naturally, wine, is at the Rosecliff mansion Friday at 7 p.m.
UP THE AN TE A Swell Soiree
Downton Abbey-Inspired Garden
Party, Elm Bank, 900 Washington
Street, Wellesley, MA; masshort.
org. September 15.
The post-Edwardian PBS drama
Downton Abbey is the inspiration for a garden party fundraiser
supporting the Massachusetts
Horticultural Society and its
garden-to-table program, which
provides fresh, organic produce
to families. Best costume and
best hat prizes will be awarded,
between the cricket match and
pinkie raising, of course.
LOOK + LEARN Craftsmanship and Forestry
Vermont Fine Furniture, Woodworking & Forest
Festival, Union Arena, 496 Woodstock Road, and
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical
Park, 54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT; vermontwood
festival.org. September 28–29.
The 10th annual festival honors both innovative
woodworking by Vermont craftsmen and the state’s
lush, beautiful forests. Participants can survey fine
furniture and carpentry at Union Arena, then head over
to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical
Park to take a park tour and learn about caring for the
forest and protecting its future.
GO ORGANIC Fair Trade
Common Ground Country Fair, 294
Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME; mofga.
org/thefair. September 20–22.
The Maine Organic Farmers and
Gardeners Association pulls out all the
stops for its 37th annual fair, which brings
crafts, folk art, food, gardens, farmers’
markets, and livestock and agricultural
demonstrations to town.