The highlight for the Programs Committee is the successful coordination and execution of a joint program with the Footlight Club. A Wilde Affair brought in close to 60 people who enjoyed a garden party on the North Lawn of LGH followed by a wonderful production of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Club.
Our mission is to preserve and maintain the Loring Greenough House from top to bottom. What you don’t see is as important as what you see. High humidity in the basement was causing deterioration of the brick and the possible formation of mold. We installed a commercial grade dehumidification system in the basement which has made a huge impact in lowering the humidity level.
We offered a slate of well-attended presentations that included Boston’s City Archaeologist Joe Bagley, who spoke about the effects of climate change on historic resources. Speaking during Massachusetts Archeology Month, Joe discussed the challenges to safeguarding our historical resources, especially the Native American and historical archaeological sites and landscapes of the Boston Harbor Islands. He also informed us that the Loring Greenough House is one of the 50 oldest structures in Boston. That’s quite an honor!
Our income is substantially lower than in years past, due to the cancellation or rescheduling of private events and the postponement of LGH events. At this point in the Fiscal Year we are operating in the red. Fortunately though the JPTC Finance committee can report that the Club is, on the whole, financially stable, due to years of fiscally responsible stewardship. We’re doing our best now by operating on an austerity budget and have applied for and received funds for employee salary through the Paycheck Protection Program to help us through the economic downturn.
The website was given a complete audit, which included updating critical backend functions, as well as refreshing photos, content, and navigation.
As an ongoing component of this work, search engine optimization continues to be applied in order to improve the site’s ranking in search results.
Thanks to a grant from the George B. Henderson Foundation we are in the midst of completing two landscape projects:
Installation of new bluestone stairs and pavers which were recently completed. Railings will be added soon.
Installation of the Native Border Planting, by Curtis Hall, which we hope to complete this summer. The impetus for this project came from our collaborator, Anne Hopps Morgan of the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association, which gave a small donation to get us started.
We worked with the Landscape Committee to secure a grant from the George B. Henderson Foundation. For the third consecutive year we produced Snuggle Up events for young children in February. Collaborating with local non-profits, attracting sponsors, and fund-raising are objectives of this committee.
The Loring Greenough House was the recipient of a portrait, by Cecilia Beaux, of John Greenough, brother of David Stoddard Greenough IV. Thanks to Jane Lewis for her generous donation. We’ve also received a painting and many other Greenough artifiacts from Charles Lewis, a Greenough descendant. More information about these acquisitions and their fascinating stories will follow in our newsletter.
Working in pairs, two each Sunday, docents hosted approximately 160 visitors between April and the end of November 2019. Vin Longo and Andy Hatcher took on several more tours by appointment.
Last summer more participants than ever enjoyed Thursdays on the Lawn. Our grounds buzzed with the sound of children running through the garden paths, with music from local performers, with laughter from friends sharing a good time. The Hive Beer Garden was immensely popular, perhaps the cause of the increased participation!!
Thanks to our sponsors – The Muncey Group and Boing!
From cellos to bluegrass, folk to international, this winter’s Concert Series demonstrated diversity, intensity, and so much talent! We are proud to be a venue to host Boston’s engaging, creative, and innovative musicians who bring so much joy to their audiences. The post-concert receptions were delicious and so well received, providing an intimate way for performers and audience to interact. While the music might have been contemporary, our historic house was always the perfect setting.
We developed an exciting and interesting series of programs and events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote, which we have had to postpone. Before the postponement, Rosalyn Elder, entrepreneur, registered architect and author, spoke about Massachusetts African American suffragists to a full-parlor crowd. Our celebration banner remains proudly displayed at Loring Greenough, and our planned events will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. In the spirit of the Suffragettes, we look forward to the day we can all celebrate together.
Thanks to our sponsor – Sazama Real Estate!
Current Board of Directors
Diane W. Spears, co-president
Carol Garfield, co-president
Lorie Komlyn, vice president
Jonathan Brush, treasurer
Nancy Leask, clerk