Fall

October 2016
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A Glimpse Inside
Saturday, October 8th

Curious about how A Glimpse Beyond comes together? Join us for a special look inside this year's production. Mingle with the artistic team, watch a dress rehearsal, and participate in a casting call to select performers for this year's line-up. An official event of ArtWeek Boston, this special behind-the-scenes event is free for Members of the Friends of Mount Auburn. 

Learn more and register online
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A Glimpse Beyond
October 22nd & 23rd
 
Now in its fifth year, A Glimpse Beyond returns to Mount Auburn for another inspired performance of music, dance, art, and poetry. Join us for this unique walking tour and reexamine your beliefs about life and death, joy and sorrow. 
 
Led by Artistic Director Denise Pons, Music Director Nate Tucker, and Producer Lauren MacCarthy, this year's production will lead the audience through an entirely different part of the Cemetery and features a mix of new and returning musicians, choirs, choruses, dancers, and poets.  

Support for this year's production is provided by the Cambridge Arts Council and the Watertown Cultural Council, local agencies of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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Friends Receives Federal Grant to Support Plant Collections

The Friends of Mount Auburn recently received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)  to support mapping an active planting area surrounding Washington Tower.

The results of this project will be used to develop protocols for future mapping of the Cemetery's grounds.   Learn more
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Mount Auburn Night at Stellina
Sunday, October 16th 

Join us for author's night at Stellina. 
Festivities begin with a tour of  Mount Auburn.  After the walk we will meet at Stellina for an Italian dinner while local authors Stephen Kendrick, Melissa Banta and Meg L. Winslow discuss their books about the Cemetery. 

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Horticultural Highlight: Chinese chestnuts,  Castenea mollissima

True chestnuts are in the genus Castanea, which worldwide includes only eight or nine different species of deciduous trees and shrubs. Here at Mount Auburn we grow Chinese chestnuts, Castenea mollissima

Chinese chestnut trees grow forty-feet tall and may be equally as wide. The alternate, 3-to-6-inch long, lustrous green leaves have a serrated margin, many culminating with bristle like teeth. Autumn color ranges from yellow to light bronze, and the leaves may persist long into the season.  

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Wildlife Highlight: Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks often appear around the edges of Auburn Lake in the fall.  T hey usually will flush when approached and give a plaintive whistle as they fly off. The scientific name of the Wood Duck is Aix sponsa. Learn more about this handsome duck
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History Highlight: Story elected first President of Mount Auburn
 
In 1835, four years after the founding of Mount Auburn, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story was elected the first President of the Cemetery.  He was a logical choice as he had been greatly involved in ...  read more
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Eternally Green: Gray Treefrogs 

Gray Treefrogs are now the third re-introduced amphibian species, following American Toads and Spring Peepers, to breed in Mount Auburn's Consecration Dell vernal pool within the past 5 years!   Read about this  exciting project...
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Harriet Hosmer
Person of the Month: Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908)

American sculptor Harriet Hosmer experienced great success in a field once dominated by men and  was part of a creative circle of talented women including  author Lydia Maria Child and actress Charlotte Cushman.

Hosmer's work was very popular in Europe, where she sculpted portrait busts of ideal subjects like Daphne, Medusa and Puck. Her most famous work,  Zenobia in Chains, was shown at the London International Exhibition of 1862 and her bust of Puck  attracted the attention of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, who bought a copy of the sculpture...  learn more
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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community


Thursday, October 6th 
with  Dr. Diana Korzenik,  Professor Emerita 
Massachusetts College of Art
Location of lecture: 
Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters
105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Time: 6:30 PM

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Friday, Oct. 21st at 5:30 PM 
Serendipity Cafe
1 Nason Street,  Maynard, MA 01754

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Saturday, October 22nd 2PM
Watertown Free Public Library
 
Edgar Allan Poe portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella, will read a combination of Poe's well-known and lesser-known works. 

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Saturday, November 5th 
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street
with Joe Martinez, Curatorial Assistant Herpetology Department 
Museum of Comparative Zoology
$40 members/$50 nonmembers.
Advance registration required

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