09/26/14 8:00am

 

COURTESY PHOTO Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts, as seen from the gardens.

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Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts, as seen from the gardens.

Edith Wharton, born in 1862, is probably better known for her novels and Pulitzer Prize or as a friend of Henry James’ than for her gardens, but it’s hard to say in which one she took the greater pride. (more…)

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09/23/14 8:00am

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The autumn series of Movies at the Library epitomizes the slogan “known and unknown” as it presents two very well-known films, two that should be better known and two that are unlikely audiences will ever have heard of. (more…)

09/19/14 8:00am

 

COURTESY PHOTO | Portrait of Gertrude Jekyll by William Nicholson, painted in October 1920, commissioned by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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Portrait of Gertrude Jekyll by William Nicholson, painted in October 1920, commissioned by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

The two grande dames that come to mind immediately are Gertrude Jekyll and Edith Wharton.

Gertrude Jekyll was born in London in 1843. Her father was an officer in the Grenadier Guards and her younger brother was a close friend of Robert Louis Stevenson — so close that Stevenson felt free to borrow the family’s last name for his famous story, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” (more…)

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09/15/14 2:15pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Violinist Laura Frautschi and cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper with John Novacek on piano.

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Violinist Laura Frautschi and cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper with John Novacek on piano.

What drew a standing-room-only crowd to the Shelter Island Friends of Music concert on Labor Day weekend? (more…)