There is an ever-changing variety of special events at Hearthstone.

Please scroll below for details.


The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
— Thomas A. Edison


 
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summer on the veranda

Friday, May 3, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Relax in Victorian splendor while you stroll the veranda with a lemonade or mint julep in hand while listening to performances on our 1875 square grand piano. Ladies are encouraged to wear their best Kentucky Derby hat (the Derby is the following day!) or we will supply one. Gents can sport their own bowler or boater or wear one of ours. Our docents will be dressed up too and playing the roles of the Rogers family and their servants as they welcome you into their home.

The evening is about slowing down the pace of life while being immersed in the lavish surrounding of our beautifully restored 1882 Queen Anne Style home. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

Tickets are $10 and include tours of Hearthstone. All proceeds support the work of Friends of Hearthstone, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 public charity, that lovingly restores Hearthstone, a 1882 mansion and museum.

Please purchase tickets either at the door or on-line by clicking on the button below. Please note for on-line sales: No physical tickets will be sent out. Simply provide a copy of the confirmation email or the confirmation number and the purchaser’s name at the door.

Limited parking is available on-site. Additional free parking is available on State Street one half block east of the museum.

Unfortunately, M.A.P. passes cannot be used for this event.

Please note:  Because of the historic nature of Hearthstone, stairs are the only means of access to the second floor.  The first floor and lower level are wheel chair accessible via an electric lift.


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Mystery at the Mansion

Saturday, May 17, from 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Mystery, Mayhem, Murder! Join us for a live game of “Who dun it?” in the unmatched surroundings of Hearthstone’s beautiful interiors. Guests assume the persona of characters… think heiresses, playboys, millionaires, art dealers and authors (but some may not be what they appear to be!) in an Agatha Christie-type mystery to try to solve (or sometimes commit!) murder.

Guests will be sent identity packages via email one to two weeks prior to the event. Costumes are strongly encouraged (it’s part of the fun!). All tickets include hors d’ oeuvres, wine, and other beverages served by our docents in the roles of maids and butlers. One of our staff keeps everything on track towards a suspenseful conclusion. Prizes are awarded for best costume, best acting, and a grand prize for the first to guess the identity of the killer (or could that be killers?). It’s dinner and daggers (figuratively if not literally!) and danger surrounded by Hearthstone’s beautifully restored rooms.

All proceeds support the work of Friends of Hearthstone, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 public charity, that lovingly restores our 1882 mansion and museum.

Please note: Tickets are date specific. No physical tickets will be sent out. Simply provide a copy of the confirmation email or the confirmation number and the purchaser’s name at the door on the night of the event. Guests must be 21 years old or older to participate.

Limited parking is available on-site. Additional free parking is available on State Street one half block east of the museum.

Unfortunately, M.A.P. passes cannot be used for this event.

Please note:  Because of the historic nature of Hearthstone, stairs are the only means of access to the second floor.  The first floor and lower level are wheel chair accessible via an electric lift.


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Sunday is for Schubert

Sunday, May 19, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) lived a brief, impressive life: In 31 years he composed a canon of music that bridged the gap between the Classical and Romantic eras, and both his works for voice - most notably his 600-plus art songs - and instruments range from intimately approachable to fiercely virtuosic. In nineteenth-century Vienna, Schubert's friends and patrons would hold informal parlor gatherings in their private homes for performances of Schubert's music - often with the composer himself at the piano - alongside dancing, poetry readings, and other activities we may now associate with the literary salon tradition. On this May Sunday, the Hearthstone Historical House Museum carries on the Schubertiade tradition in an afternoon of the composer's solo and chamber works performed by Lorna Stephens (mezzo-soprano), Erin Bryan (soprano and flute), and Kris Bryan (piano).

Erin Bryan has been praised for her “deft” operatic characterizations and a voice that is “a lyric soprano of exceptional beauty.” Recent engagements include Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Anne Sexton/#2 (Transformations), and the Governess (The Turn of the Screw), and in the 2019 season, she joins Fresco Opera of Wisconsin as soprano soloist for their summer and autumn concert series. Currently in her second year on faculty at Central College, Dr. Bryan holds degrees from Lawrence University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lorna Stephens is a graduate of Lawrence University with degrees in history and voice performance. She is thrilled to marry her two passions by performing in a historic setting as beautifully restored as Hearthstone. Her most recent performances include the role of Ragonde in Lawrence University's 2018 performance of Rossini's Le Comte Ory and Second as Farce, her senior recital in the style of cabaret performed in Appleton, WI, and Berlin, Germany.

Kris Bryan holds a degree in music education from Lawrence University, where she studied piano, organ, and horn. Before her retirement, she taught instrumental music in the Little Chute Area School District. She has performed with the Fox Valley Symphony, Wisconsin Symphonic Winds, Serpentine Brass, and the Appleton City Band. She has also served as church organist/choir director and has, after a decades long break, taken up recorder playing. She is currently the brass instructor for the New Horizons-Fox Valley Band. She has been an active volunteer at Hearthstone for the past eight years, serving as docent, house manager, and various behind-the-scenes capacities.

Tickets are $18 and include tours of Hearthstone either before or after the performance. Tours begin at 1:00 pm. Recital begins at 2:00 pm. Tours will resume at 3 pm.

All proceeds support the work of Friends of Hearthstone, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 public charity, that lovingly restores Hearthstone, a 1882 mansion and museum.

Please purchase tickets on-line by clicking on the button below. Please note: No physical tickets will be sent out. Simply provide a copy of the confirmation email or the confirmation number and the purchaser’s name at the door.

Limited parking is available on-site. Additional free parking is available on State Street one half block east of the museum.

Unfortunately, M.A.P. passes cannot be used for this event.

Please note:  Because of the historic nature of Hearthstone, stairs are the only means of access to the second floor.  The first floor and lower level are wheel chair accessible via an electric lift.