Royal Retreats: The Holiday Homes of Queen Victoria & The Prince Consort
Lecture by Ian Cox; Presented by the Victorian Society of America
4pm – 6pm, Lecture and reception following are free and open to the public, RSVP requested by November 7. 845.454.4500
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert held court at their official residences, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. However, during the early years of their marriage they yearned for private retreats where they could enjoy family life.
The royal couple would go on to acquire estates at Osborne on the Isle of Wight and at Balmoral in Scotland. Prince Albert would take a hand in developing suitable houses for the time they would spend in each of these special places—Osborne built between 1845-1851 and designed in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo, and Balmoral completed in 1856 in the Scots Baronial style.
Ian Cox’s lecture will explore the history, development and significance of both of these fascinating royal residences, and will conclude with a description of the summer study programs offered by the Victorian Society of America.
Ian Cox is a decorative arts historian with special interests in historic interiors, furniture and ceramics.
For many years he taught in the History of Art Department at Glasgow University and was Director of the Christie’s Master’s Programme in the History of the Decorative Arts.
For the last 15 years he has worked at the Christie’s London School of Education, first as Director of Studies and more recently as Director of Short Course Programmes and The London Art Course.
He is currently Director of the Victorian Society of America London Summer School, which this year is enjoying its 40th anniversary.
Join us today for final event in our summer Sunset Sensations wine and food pairing series. This month we feature guest chefs John and Cynthia Vergilii. Inspired by heirloom vegetables growing in the estate kitchen garden, the Vergilii’s will create three delicious samplings – each accompanied by a cooking demonstration and a song. Kevin Hall of South Side Wines, will pair each sampling with a different wine and Locust Grove’s horticulture staff will discuss heirloom vegetable plantings in the kitchen gardens between demonstrations. Tickets are $27/person in advance, and $29/person on the day of the event, if available. 5:30 – 7:30pm.
First Sampling: Dutch-inspired salad of fresh organic baby spinach, crisp local red pears, spiced brown sugar almonds and a ginger-pear dressing.
Second Sampling: Dutch stew with seasonal vegetables and potatos simmered in an herbed sweet potato stock.
Third Sampling: Pumpkin ice cream pie Speculaas spice cookie crust, topped with whipped cream.
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Guided mansion tours resume after our Thanksgiving break. Now is your chance to get out of the house and enjoy our spectacular holiday decorations, along with a chance to browse in our Museum Shop – packed with great gifts, many from local artisans. Tours offered 10am – 5pm, last tour departs at 3:15. $11/person
Extravagantly decorated for the holidays, our historic mansion is open for tours on December weekends, and also December 26th – 31st. This year, the mansion’s 25 rooms are themed after popular Christmas carols – try and guess them all! Our expert tour guides will take you through reception rooms, bedrooms, and the servant’s quarters as you enjoy one of the Hudson Valley’s most unusual interiors! 10am – 5pm (last tour departs at 3:15pm). $11/person.
Chef Charles Fells of The Artist’s Palate, inspired by historic menus from the estate archives, has created a special dinner for us to celebrate the holidays. Join us for appetizers, a preview tour of the mansion’s 25 decorated rooms, and dinner in the festive West Gallery. Proceeds from this dinner benefit Locust Grove’s school field trip programs. $125/person or $900 for a table of 8, all inclusive. Reservations required by November 30th.
Search the house for an eagle, an owl, a horse, and more! It’s a holiday menagerie at Locust Grove. On Sunday afternoons in December, children and their families are invited to step back in time and re-live the romance of Christmas past. Enjoy glittering holiday decorations throughout the mansion, and learn more about the historic house while searching for animals hidden in our outstanding art collection. After you’ve explored the mansion, join us for cookies, cider, and carols in the museum pavilion. Mansion open from 12pm – 4pm, carol times at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Arrive by 3pm to complete the hunt. $8/person.
Join us today for the holiday edition of our Sunset Sensations wine and food pairing series. This month we feature guest chef Ed Kowalski of Crave Restaurant. Inspired by heirloom vegetables growing in the estate kitchen garden, Ed will create three delicious samplings – each accompanied by a cooking demonstration. Kevin Hall of South Side Wines, will pair each sampling with a different wine and you’ll be able to tour the mansion’s holiday decorations before we begin. Tickets are $32/person in advance, and $35/person on the day of the event, if available. 5:30 – 7:30pm.
Join us today for the grand finale of our Sunset Sensations wine and food pairing series. This month we feature guest chef Laura Pensiero of Gigi Hudson Valley. Inspired by heirloom vegetables grown in the estate kitchen garden, Laura will create three delicious samplings – each accompanied by a cooking demonstration. Kevin Hall of South Side Wines, will pair each sampling with a different wine and you’ll be able to tour the mansion’s holiday decorations before we begin. Tickets are $32/person in advance, and $35/person on the day of the event, if available. 5:30 – 7:30pm.