First Day of Fall- Family Fun & Fitness
Join Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, as we kick off Fall, and a new school year, with a healthy day of fun and fitness for the whole family! All activities are free for Members, or included with regular mansion admission for Non-members. We welcome all guests to enjoy a their own healthy picnic on the grounds in-between activities!
Is Your Hair Made Of Donuts? – Story time, healthy food taste challenge, and a book signing with award-winning local author Joy Feldman
Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? is no ordinary adventure story. Adoringly absurd and filled with laugh-out-loud appeal, this delightful picture book will amuse and educate.On this delicious journey toward healthy choices, kids will learn that "they are what they eat." Your appetite for this charming story, Is Your Hair Made of Donuts? will be insatiable.
With each delicious “bite of knowledge,” author Joy Feldman empowers young people to take control of their own diet and health. She will invite children to take part in a “Yum or Yuck” healthy food taste challenge, and then, through an interactive learning program, teach kids to juice fresh fruits and vegetables.Copies of her books will be available for sale/signing after the program. To learn more about Joy Feldman, go to
Family Sensory Garden Walk
A garden is a feast for the senses! Blithewold invites the whole family to experience the beauty and life of the garden—not only with their eyes, but with their ears, fingers, toes, and nose! Join us in celebrating the wonderful world of plants — their fragrances, sounds, colors, textures, tastes, and movement.
In our Sensory Walk around the grounds, horticulturists Gail Reed and Tricia Bailey will help us uncover all of these horticultural sensory delights. Participants will be able use all five of their senses as they touch and smell and explore the many plants, trees, and shrubs that we will encounter on our walk.
The tour will begin at the Rose Garden, please wear comfortable walking shoes. We will explore our sense of taste by enjoying some fresh-from-the garden refreshments at the end of our walk.
To register for First Day of Fall - Family Fun & Fitness please click here.
Wednesday, May 15
- Wednesday, June 19
Introduction to Watercolor
Thursday, May 23
Tree Mob at the Arnold Arboretum
Saturday, May 25
Behind the Scenes Tour
Marjorie’s dove tree turns 40
(May 16, '13)
It’s a lucky visitor whose gaze turns east along the path between the mansion and the Enclosed Garden, instead of west across the blooming North Garden and Great Lawn to Narragansett Bay. The western view is a compelling one to be sure and even I am caught up short by it every time I walk ...
The Costume Collection
(Jan 07, '13)
Many of you already know about the fabulous collection of gowns and accessories belonging to Bessie Van Wickle McKee that came home to Blithewold last year. Forty-one dresses with accessories, coats, and hats, had been given to the Colonial Dames … Continue reading