Spring 2012

Spring & Summer 2012 Exhibits and Events

March 7 - May 31 The Clubs of Gardner

This exhibition will attract people from all walks of life since Gardner’s clubs represent people with a myriad of interests. Ethnic clubs, sportsmen’s clubs, fraternal organizations, veterans’ clubs and service clubs will be represented. Their artifacts and memorabilia will be artfully arranged in the display cases.

Hours 1-4 p.m., Wednesday – Sunday

Members free, non-members $3.

April 5 - "The Creation of Quabbin Reservoir" with J.R. Greene

This narrated slide program begins with a summary of how Metropolitan Boston’s water supply evolved into requiring a huge reservoir be constructed in Central Mass. The bulk of the program covers the four towns destroyed for the reservoir, and what life was like in them.

Wine and cheese reception from 6-7 p.m.

Slide program from 7-8 p.m.

Members $3, non-members $5.

April 19 - "Animal Invaders."

(Some animals walk on the ceiling, while others can fit through holes smaller than their bodies.) Children accompanied by a parent will be introduced to three live species of invaders. Using demonstrations of these animals’ abilities, a Boston Museum of Science educator will explain how some animals have adapted to live successfully among humans. Limited seating.

Reception with refreshments from 6-7 p.m

Demonstration with live animals 7-8 p.m.

Free program. Reservations required.

May 10 - "Beekeeping" with Roland Sevigny

Learn about keeping bees in colonies and how bees are sold by the pound. Roland Sevigny has 40 years experience and keeps 8 hives. View beekeeping equipment.

Wine and cheese reception from 6-7 p.m.

Lecture with DVD from 7-8 p.m.

June 7 - Hervey Bowden Speech/Essay Contest sponsored by Raymond H. Fredette

Students, members and friends are invited to attend this free event at which local and regional history topics will be explored. At 7 p.m. the finalist essays will be read. A $250 award will be presented.

Pizza reception from 6-7 p.m.

Reading of essays and award presentation from 7-8:30

Members free, non-members $3.

June 16 - Yard Sale

The Yard Sale will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations of antiques, jewelry and attic treasures are sought. To donate lightly used items call the Coordinator at 978-632-3277.

June 23 - Join us for Walking Tours, Open House and Afternoon Tea. Open House from 10 a.m. to noon: According to author Lewis Carroll, “it’s always teatime!” At the Gardner Museum, we have taken Carroll’s quotation to heart and are presenting “Tea and Comfort.” The exhibit will highlight antique and vintage tea pots, tea cups and tea accessories and hand-made antique quilts. Local quilters will be on hand to demonstrate their skills.

Walking Tours of the Gardner Uptown Historic District, 10 a.m. to noon. Tours begin outside the Museum. Free.

Tea Party (afternoon social) from noon to 2 p.m. A tea party social will feature beverages, finger sandwiches and desserts. There will be live music. Adults $6, Children $3.