Lewisburg Study Club

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Lewisburg Study Club recently met at the historic home of Elaine Whitaker in Lewisburg. This spacious home, once belonging to Elaine’s grandparents, has been beautifully and lovingly restored. Guests enjoyed seeing the architecture of the home as well as the historic furnishings. Along with Elaine, hostesses Edna London, Emily Gordon, and Jennifer Pearson welcomed members and their guests to the light-filled sunroom. Providing the perfect location for the theme, “The World of Beatrix Potter”, vintage tablecloths, fresh flowers and antique china completed the setting for the English-inspired tea. Guests were served a traditional English Cream Tea. Fruit scones with clotted cream and jam, apple crisp, crackers with English cheddar, Branston pickled chutney, and a choice of hot teas completed the delicious refreshments.

The program “The World of Beatrix Potter” explored the life and legacy of author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter. Edna London told of her interest in Potter’s illustrations and shared the book, The Art of Beatrix Potter. Edna shared that Potter, born in 1866 to an upper middle-class family in Victorian England, had a childhood of shyness, physical illness and limited socialization with other children. Her playmates were a menagerie of wildlife and plant life. Her imagination and artistic ability blossomed through her exploration of the English countryside. Animals and plants were the subjects of her sketches and watercolors. Her first stories and drawings were sent to her governess’s children. In 1901, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published and was widely received. In 1908, items surrounding her stories began to be marketed and were popular. Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, Squirrel Nutkin, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddle-Duck were among the charming characters whose tales are still loved by children today. Elaine Whitaker and Jennifer Pearson added to Edna’s presentation by sharing personal recollections about the impact of Potter’s works.

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Hostesses pictured from left: Jennifer Pearson, Elaine Whitaker, Emily Gordon, and Edna London.