Start your Thursday morning off right, with a little ‘giddy up in your cup’ at one of America’s finest neoclassic country mansions, with the best view Lake Otsego has to offer. Revel in the beauty of Hyde Hall with a mini-house tour while enjoying a cup of coffee donated by Stagecoach Coffee as well as bagels and pastries provided by Hyde Hall.
Textile experts, aficionados, Hyde Hall staff and volunteers all greatly benefited from the expertise of Rabbit Goody and Dr. Jill Maney at the Textile History Forum held at Hyde Hall on April 29th through May 1st. Participants spent the weekend examining period fabrics, trim and gilt valances with the aim of determining the best plan to restore the incredible window treatments that graced the windows in Hyde Hall’s magnificent Drawing and Dining Rooms in the early 1830s.
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One of the highlights of our program this weekend are our mansion tours that will feature some of our newly installed Brussels carpet, consistent with the colors and designs that were popular in the 1830’s. The image above shows the new carpet in the drawing room which incorporates some of the room design elements in the pattern. Over the past two years, new ingrain carpeting has been installed in other areas of Hyde Hall including the Family Dining Room, the Main Staircase, and the Tiger Maple Staircase.
Visitors to our Celebrate Mom! Garden Party this weekend (Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm) will have the opportunity to view and learn all about the new carpets that are currently installed and our plans for continuing the project in additional rooms. Guided tours will leave the East Portico every half hour throughout the event until 4pm.
This free event is open to the public and includes our tours, displayed artifacts and collection items, maypole dancing, tea and treats in the dining room, live music with Eight is Enough, dramatic readings, book signings and more!
Click the play button below to listen to Alta Trinita Beata, performed by Eight is Enough for a sample of what you will hear at the event!