You may remember that during April vacation, after finishing the excellent biography of Anne Hutchinson (American Jezebel by Eve LaPlante), I took a little field trip to the memorial park in the town she founded in Portsmouth, RI.
Somehow earlier this month I learned of the multi-day tri-state celebration of Anne Hutchinson's 425th birthday. I went to two of the events in Portsmouth. The first was at Founders' Brook Park, where I'd gone in April. The medicinal herb garden was now in full summer bloom. The man responsible for planting and caring for it, a Hutchinson descendant, artist, and herbalist who I found out happens to live in my town, spoke on the properties of the herbs midwife Anne would have used. There were several other speakers, and we had a picnic lunch.
The second event was at the Portsmouth Library, where we learned more Hutchinson and Portsmouth history, and a gallery of Anne-inspired art was on display.
by Valerie Debrule
by Michael Steven Ford
I didn't catch the name of this artist, but she based the sculpture on the mourning theme of Anne Hutchinson's place setting in Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party.
Oh and you could even become part of the exhibit if you wished, and channel Anne.
In lily news, peak is past but many are still blooming.