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History of Newport and the Mansions
Founded in 1639, Newport was an important port city, a center of the slave trade, a fashionable resort and the summer home of the Gilded Age rich.
What was the Gilded Age?
The Gilded Age was a period of unprecedented change in America. Fortunes were spent on luxuries such as the lavish "summer cottages" of Newport.
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Dining Room, 4 Entries
The dining table was where ideas emerged, and where the tales of those adventures would resurface.
Under sparkling chandeliers amid a canopy of flowers, this was the beginning and the end.
Staging: On a pedestal painted Rosecliff White measuring 42” H x 24” Square. Viewed from three sides. A photo of staging will be included in the Exhibitor Packet.
Class Consultant: Vera Bowen email@example.com (401-225-9680)
This class is now closed
Souvenirs from The Grand Tour were plentiful which created its own dilemma. No space for all the beautiful mementos from the trip! So, travelers became masters at finding small trinkets and treasures.
Classes 7 and 8 are both Miniature Design Classes. Class 7 is for Novices only. Novices are defined as someone who has not won a blue ribbon in the Floral Design Division at The Newport Flower Show.
Miniature designs may not exceed 5” in any direction.
Foyer, 4 Entries
Staging: Design staged on an L-shaped open niche (painted Rosecliff White) with a square back and base measuring 8” H x 8” W and placed atop a console painted Rosecliff White measuring 42” H x 36” W x 17-1/4” D. Back/Base of Open Niche may be enhanced/modified provided no damage. Viewed from the front. A photo of staging will be included in the Exhibitor Packet.
Class Consultant: Pat Fernandez firstname.lastname@example.org (610-291-3886)
Foyer, 4 Entries
Ballroom, 4 Entries
Months of travel required a mountain of bags and trunks.
*Layering technique defined as using groupings of materials overlapped to create a textured design.
Staging: On a pedestal painted Rosecliff White measuring 42” H x 18” Square. Viewed from three sides. A photo of staging will be included in the Exhibitor Packet.
This class will be staged in front of a vintage photograph of Alva, her family, and friends during their visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza
Staging: On a pedestal painted Rosecliff White measuring 40” H x 16” Square. Viewed from three sides. A photo of staging and a photograph of Alva at the Pyramid will be included in the Exhibitor Packet.
This class is now closed.
Ladies of the day used fanciful collars to add drama to their ensembles. Collars gave them many stylish options for a single dress on the long trip.
Staging: Collar to be created on a mannequin bust form with an elongated neck. Design may include dried plant materials. At least 25% of the plant material must be live. The mannequin form will be placed on a pedestal painted black measuring 42” H x 18-1/2” Square. Viewed from all sides. Photo of staging will be included in Exhibitor Packet. Mannequin form available for pick up from Preservation Society Headquarters.
Class Consultant: Vicki Iannuccillo email@example.com (401-465-1160)
This class is now closed
*All materials, tools, etc., provided to visiting judges. By invitation.
Gothic Room, 4 Entries
Blanc de Blanc refers not only to the region in Champagne famous for the celebrated grape,
but also references the marriage proposal made by the Duke of Marlborough in this room to the young lady of the house, Consuelo Vanderbilt.
Staging: On a pedestal painted Rosecliff White measuring 36” H x 18” W Square. Viewed from three sides. A photo of staging will be included in the Exhibitor Packet. Note this is a very dark room.
Hallway, 4 Entries
Staging: On a pedestal painted Rosecliff White measuring 44” H x 18” W Square. Viewed from three sides. A photo of staging will be included in the Exhibitor Packet.
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Parking is free onsite at all properties except for Hunter House and The Breakers Stable & Carriage House, where street parking is available.
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