I found another shot of Rocky Pasture’s walled garden/study entrance on Bloomberg Businessweek’s feature “Best Homes in Maine“; this shot shows the balcony overlooking the walled garden. I don’t know why, but I really like this shot; it seems to highlight Roberts’ enjoyment of his garden.
As we get closer to the Rocky Pastures Designer Show House, the show is making the rounds in the news. Seacoastonline.com posted an article titled “Show House to be Summer Highlight” in which they highlight the event and point out that this is the first time the estate has been open to the public. IN addition they highlight some of the designers for the Designer Show House, particularly Bree Clark, of Wright Interiors in Kennebunkport and Cathy Rowe of Kennebunk’s Well Dressed Interiors, who will be designing the family room.
Again, the dates are June 23 – July 14, and visit the Kennebunkport Historical Society website regarding tickets. If you live in the area, don’t regret missing this event!
The Design Show House, sponsored by the Kennebunkport Historical Society, is only a month and a half away! The Show House runs from June 23 – July 14 and is open to the public at $20 per ticket. This is a great opportunity to see the estate of a great historian and author, so if you’re in the area, be sure to visit!
In addition to taking in the beauty of Roberts’ estate and viewing the various design rooms of New England-area designers, KHS is putting on several events related to Kenneth Roberts (note that the locations for these events are not at Rocky Pastures). Below are the events as listed on the Design Show House website:
- Monday, June 25 – The Colony Hotel – Lunch and Learn – Featured speaker is Joyce Butler, historian, archivist/curator, and writer. The topic is “Kenneth Roberts: The Man.” Guests will look at the talents and colorful personality of one of America’s most loved writers of historical fiction. Butler will chronicle his life at rocky Pastures and tell anecdotes of his family and friends. This intimate portrait is sure to delight all. Tickets to the show house are included. $45 per person.
- Monday, July 2 – The Colony Hotel – Lunch and Learn – Featured speaker is Sandy Oliver, renowned food historian and writer. The topic is “Kenneth Roberts’ chapter on food in his book, Trending into Maine. This chapter unleashed a torrent of reader response that intiated the cookbook, Good Maine Food, authored by his neice and secretary, Marjorie Mosser. Tickets to the show house are included. $45 per person.
- Monday, July 9 – The Nonantum Resort – Lunch and Learn – Featured speaker is etiquette specialist Andrea Pastore. The topic is “Navigating a Place Setting.” Andrea will present ettiquette situations and thoughtful, fun and useful solutions. For more information about Andrea, visit http://etiquettesolutionsbyandrea.com/. Tickets to the show house are included. $45 per person.
I find Joyce Butler’s Lunch and Learn rather intriguing! If you have a chance to visit any of these events, feel free to let me know how they went and what you took away from these events.
Keep your eyes open for forthcoming posts on Rocky Pastures as we lead up to KHS’s Design Show House.
While searching for tidbits on Kenneth Roberts and his love nature/hunting/fishing, I came across an article written by Tom Seymour of the Fishermen’s Voice, whose subtitle on the webpage states: “News and Comment for and by the Fishermen of Maine.” What’s of interest to this website is Tom’s article on Kenneth Roberts and the value of his works to American history and to the history of Maine (titled “Kenneth Roberts – Maine’s Contribution to American History”).
In this article, Seymour provides a general survey of Roberts’ writing career, particularly of the novels Roberts’ is most known for. However, in this article, Seymour provides some tidbits of Roberts that I found intriguing and humorous:
Kenneth Roberts had a habit, according to his friend Ben Ames Williams, another great, Maine author, of believing what people told him. That innocence nearly cost him his life when, going on the word of acquaintances that skunk cabbage was edible, he put the thing to the test. Skunk cabbage only presents itself as edible when in a 100-percent dry state, something that requires not only tedious processing, but also takes one year or more to achieve. Otherwise, the plant excites such a fiery sensation in the mouth and further down the esophagus, that it can, indeed, prove deadly.
This annecdote is a great glimpse at Kenneth Roberts the man, whose intensity is matched only by few (in my opinion).
Seymour speaks highly of Roberts and his ability (rightly so). He says of Roberts’ works:
Young people, from the 1930s to the present time, have cut their “history teeth” on the thought provoking, intense and suspenseful novels written by Kenneth Roberts, of Kennebunkport, Maine.
While I think it is true that students in the past cut their teeth on Roberts’ novels, I tend to think that it’s not so much the case any more these days as it’s rare to find someone who has at least heard of him, much less have read his novels. Nevertheless, Seymour rightly points out that Roberts’ works is still of value today in that:
Roberts’ contribution to educating the youth (and older people as well) of America lies in his unerring historical accuracy and an innate ability to make interesting and immensely entertaining reading of what otherwise might remain dry, historical side notes.
This is a great read, even if you already know of Roberts’ and his contribution. Thanks, Tom, for helping to keep alive the works of a great author!
An interesting article in WFMZ – 69 News website highlights an over 250-year old inn called King George Inn and it’s most current owner, Cliff McDermont (title of the article: “History’s headlines: King George Inn has been refuge for travelers and local folks since 1756.” The inn has hosted guest from the time of the French and Indian War on up today.
The article tells of when Cliff McDermont became interested in the inn. He had stopped by the inn in the 1960s while traveling on family trips, and fell in love with it.
The inn reminded McDermott of those described by historical novelist Kenneth Roberts in his books about the French and Indian War era. And that image was coupled with tales of the inn he heard from the owners about times there during the Prohibition era of the 1920s.
The novel the article refers to is Northwest Passage, though I am not sure where it is mentioned or under what name it is mentioned in the novel – any references are welcome. The article does note that the inn has undergone various name changes – the most used name being White Horse Tavern. You can visit the inn’s website at: http://www.kinggeorgeinn.com/. A great piece of American history that dates beyond the Revolutionary War, and a great mention of Kenneth Roberts by the inn’s current owner, Cliff McDermott!