Greetings from a very chilly Easton! The temps are low, the smoke is rising from chimneys, and hot coffee and hot chocolate are a welcome sight!
We have a very busy weekend coming up for you. Join us at the annual Artisan's Faire at Queset House on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a holiday tea, view the talented creations of many artisans, and visit our table on the first floor. We will have available Easton puzzles, Reminiscences volume 9, Mary Bodio note cards, and some of the Mary Bodio prints among other items.
On Sunday we will be open from 1-5 p.m. with a very special guest who will speak at 2 p.m. Join us as we present James Thomson, who will speak about his recent book on Boston Light. Below is a description of that program:
"Boston Light, the first established lighthouse in colonial American began lighting the way for safe navigation into the fledging maritime port of Boston in 1716 and a fog signal station established in 1719. Today, Boston Light is the last manned Coast Guard Light Station in the country located on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor. A power-point presentation comprised of illustrations and photographs chronicling 302 years of service will be provided by the lighthouse keeper’s husband, James Thomson. He has co-authored with his wife Sally Snowman two books: Boston Light - A historical perspective (1999) and Boston Light - Arcadia Images of America (2016). James connection to Easton goes back to birth. He graduated from OA High School in 1968 and was a member of the Easton Historical Society for many years. He graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Civil Engineering and worked for the Town DPW in the late 1970s as a Junior Engineer before working for the Town of Plymouth Engineering Division for over thirty years."
Join us for an interesting talk and refreshments, and pick up your gifts too!
We will have a drawing for several door prizes on Sunday also. Donations have been made of two dolls, an exterior light to decorate your home, and Emmy's Hair Salon has donated three gift baskets as well. We are grateful for the donations of these special items!
We now have four of Mary Bodio's prints available at the Museum as the Bodio family has donated the collage of Stonehill College to the Easton Landmark collage, the Easton Schools, and the Unity Close Garden print.
It is with great sadness that we also announce the passing of Dr. Robert F. Misiewicz. The words below, from Hazel Varella, best sum up what the Misiewicz family has meant to us over the years:
One of our totally dedicated members for more than twenty-five years has died, Dr. Robert F. Misiewicz, who passed away in his sleep at home Saturday evening. “Dr Bob” had initiated the very popular “Chowder and Chatter” with the Southeastern Regional High School twenty years ago and had been the major donor for the publication of our annual research magazine “Reminiscences” for its nine-year existence.
“Dr. Bob” was a Director from 1993 to 2000, First Vice-President from 1994 to December 1, 1995, when he became President until June 1997. A major event that his wife Carol and he organized occurred October 22, 1994 -- Easton’ s Founders Gala at Alumni Hall, Stonehill College. A delightful evening was enjoyed by a capacity crowd with a Grand March led by President Karen Hays and a Past President Kenneth Jackson. April 25th of the following year the Lions Club honored “Dr. Bob” and Carol for the very successful Tercentennial Gala by presenting them with the Outstanding Achievement Award.
During the late 1990’s “Dr. Bob” and Jean Churchill presented by cable an informative series of programs about historic places in Easton. Also, he was a strong supporter of Ken Martin and his commitment to Easton. Both in June of 2004 and April 29th (Arbor Day) of the following year when a tree was planted to the left of the Station in honor of Ken, “Dr. Bob” was one of the three guest speakers. In 2010 a capital campaign occurred to improve the conditions of the archives, and the Misiewiczs were very generous donors.
“Dr. Bob” and Carol were very special people. In addition to the many comments above, he would frequently contact members of the Society to learn what else they could do. He was always so proud when Carol would bring one of her specially baked pastries for us to sell or to enjoy. Our deepest sympathy is extended to her, and the memories of them are everlasting.
Best to all,