Autumn Days to Bring Back that 'Old Time Feeling'

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Published on September 28, 2010 with No Comments

Autumn Days to bring back that ‘Old Time Feeling’

Autumn Days is the brainchild of Kay Bennett, owner of the Cornerstone Mansion, which is located in the historic business district of Lowell. The festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9. Crafters, antique dealers and artists will be displaying their goods and skills from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and the Cornerstone Mansion will be serving a very special Boarding House Meal from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The Cornerstone plans to serve meals approximately every two hours beginning at noon.

The Cornerstone Mansion was built in 1870. This was a time in history when Boarding Houses were popping up all over the country. Most of these elegant Victorian homes were turned into boarding houses out of necessity. They were open and operated by women who had lost their husbands and needed a respectable way to support themselves and their families. These brave and enterprising women opened their homes to occupants, often referred to as boarders.
Each boarder was given a bedroom and shared the common areas, such as the living room and dining room of the house with the host family and the other borders. The homes’ owner provided meals as part of the rent and to earn extra income. Most of these women were excellent cooks and provided legendary home cooked meals. The borders and families bonded over the dinner table and would often grow to be one big family.
Kay Bennett and her daughter Beth Guests will be sitting at a table of eight, just like the historic boarding house dinner did. This will be a unique experience that should not be missed.
The festival will also feature a weaver, spinner, photographer and sculpture, along with hand crafted jewelry, antiques and more. There are still spaces available for artist and crafters to set up on the mansion lawn and along the streets of old downtown. Musicians will be playing and guests are also invited to visit the unique shops that line the downtown historic district.
The cost of a meal is $15, with proceeds going towards advertising expenses. Walk-ins will be welcomed, but those interested in obtaining a space at the table can make a reservation by calling Kay Bennett at 219-696-700, or Sharon Speichert at 219-696-5778.

This article was supplied by Louise Roys on behalf of the Autumn Days festival.

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