Mark your calendars now! This is the 100th year since President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day an official holiday in the United States in 1914. For this centennial anniversary, the Earlville Opera House (EOH) and the Oneida Community Mansion House (OCMH) will collaborate on two distinct and very special exhibits to celebrate Mother’s Day throughout Central New York.
The EOH exhibit will present photographs of the special women from the past who were the mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers of the families of Central New York, accompanied by a brief narrative describing the person and what made her so special. You are invited to submit photographs of the women of your family. Submission details can be found at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com, or call 315-691-3550. The submission deadline is April 18. Here are the details of the intake form.
The OCMH exhibit will present a history of the mothers and children of the original Oneida Community, a utopian community of more than 300 people that for 33 years (1848-1880) under the leadership of John Humphrey Noyes challenged contemporary social views on property ownership, gender roles, child-rearing practices, monogamous marriage, and work. For more information on the OCMH exhibit, visit www.oneidacommunity.org.
Both exhibits are free and will open to the public on Saturday, May 10, the day before Mother’s Day.
Also on May 10, EOH is hosting an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatters Tea Party from 1-3 pm, with prizes for the most creative, most whimsical, and prettiest hats. Organized by EOH board member Dode Page from Black Cat Antiques, the menu will feature English tea and raspberry lemonade, cucumber sandwiches, and a wonderfully delightful assortment of cakes, cupcakes, tarts, and cookies. The Tea is by reservation only, with seating for 32 people. All proceeds help pay for the EOH “Free Family Series” programming.
Mark your calendars now, and join us as the Opera House and the Mansion House pay tribute to the remarkable women of our past on this very special Mother’s Day in Central New York!