New England Fine Living Summer 2017

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New England Fine Living‌ On the Water


23 Spring 2017 / Volume 2 • Issue 4

2. Editorial Listing 3. Letter from Linda 4. Contributors and Masthead

Home & Garden 10. Gracious Living on the East Coast 16. The Revival of Captain Shubael Baxter’s Home 20. Inspired by Centuries-Old Textiles 22. Creation of a Moon Garden 28. Fine Living Finds

Entertaining 30. Seaside Entertaining Inspiration


32. The Making of Clambake Memories 34. Seafood Dinner Recipe 36. NEFL’s Watermelon Gin Fizz

Style 38. Regatta Style 40. Making Scents Last 43. Not All Oysters Come from the Sea

Travel & Leisure 43. Marblehead, Massachusetts

56. New England Australia: The Good Oil 58. New England is in Full Swing 62. Notable Mentions - Luxury Inns by the Water 64. Partner and Affiliate Information


P h o t o g r a p h y b y:

54. Boston Pops on Nantucket

Linda Davis

50. Newport, Rhode Island

A Letter from Linda Linda Davis - Founding Owner & Publisher

For me, summer is a catalyst that ignites fond childhood memories… catching fireflies on a warm summer night just to watch them sparkle in a jar, the simple anticipation of my winter bedding and window treatments being changed out for the summer season, to packing a picnic lunch and heading out on our boat on a hot summer day. Today, things have not changed very much. I still enjoy watching fireflies, my home goes through décor changes to make it more light and airy, and heading towards the water on a hot summer day is routine. During the summer our historic waterfront towns are bustling with activity; boats that were once in storage are now bobbing on the open water, and plans are underway to gather family and friends poolside. In this issue, “On the Water”, you will see and learn about two grand properties I toured, coastal-inspired entertaining ideas and recipes, nautical-inspired clothing and accessories, along with several travel and leisure destinations. PS: For those living in the country and not near the water… don’t despair, as our Fall 2017 Country & Equestrian issue will be for you! Happy Summer.

Linda Davis – Your Fine Living Muse Sharing fine living, simple pleasures and a life well-lived in New England and beyond.

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Summer 2017 / Volume 2 • Issue 4

Fine Living, Simple Pleasures, and a Life Well Lived Summer 2017 / Volume 2 • Issue 4 Publisher and Editor-in-Chief / Linda Davis Production Director / Phyllis Cohen Art and Photography Consultant / Shannon Calder Chief Advisor / Ben Davis Contributors / Elisha Alexina / Kristen Uekermann / Julianna Oats / Linda Davis Charlene Peters / Bettie Bearden Pardee / Janet Collazo / Penny Lyons Evangeline Moore Photographers / Greg Premru / Gerry Connover / Joyelle West JoAnne Slover / Janet Collazo / Linda Davis / Rick Ashley Kenneth Lindh / Brian Sager / Kim Lyn / Shannon Calder

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Gracious Living on the East Coast By: Linda Davis My early morning arrival at Kettledrum, located in Manchester – By – The –Sea, MA, gave me the opportunity to watch the blurred lines of the Atlantic coast come into focus as the sea mist rose slowly into the warm air.

“I’d rather have this overlooks bench than a piece jewelry” Bettie Bearden “As if taking on the role of a sentinel, Kettledrum Kettle Cove, Kettle Island, andof the open waters of the — Atlantic Ocean keeping Pardee watch on paddleboarders, kayakers, sailors, and lobstermen as they pass by.”



Photo by: Gerry Connover

The original home that stood on this site, then named Thorncliff, was purchased in 1953 by one of the current owner's parents. This property not only went through a name change to Kettledrum, it has also experienced a metamorphosis due to massive damage caused by frozen pipes and water.

Photo by: Linda Davis

Kettledrum stands proudly on the site of its predecessor, Thorncliff, incorporating the old foundation into the new home design. Utilizing as much of the old home as possible, the top of the old foundation is also used as additional seating while enjoying the back deck.


After realizing that the home was "beyond feasible repair", the owners hired architect Alex Coogan who was asked to blend many of the favored design elements from the original 19th century home into their new home. After combing through the Manchester Historical Society archives, Coogan found the original architectural plans for the 1896 home, drawn by renowned Boston architect, CK Cummings which was built for Buckley Wells. Coogan then used these plans as a reference for certain details to design the new home, blending a combination of old and new elements.


Photo by: Linda Davis

Over the years, Kettledrum’s family has enjoyed family gatherings, parties, and weddings, but the time has come to share this grand home with a new owner who wants to create their own memories and share the home and history with their family and friends. To read more about this property and the Carriage House, which is also currently for sale as a separate listing, please visit our website

Photo by: Linda Davis

The architectural detail of this stairway is evident, but unseen and sealed inside the lower newel post, one will find a time capsule secretly placed by the current family with hopes that someday, in the far future, others will find it.


Renovate, redesign, or reimagine - whatever your goal, Kristy Kay Design can help you realize your property’s potential. With over a decade of professional experience, Kristy has developed deep expertise across all aspects of residential design. Whether selecting finishes, embarking on a new construction project, redesigning your decor, or fully renovating your home, Kristy’s incredible eye and extensive experience will ensure a beautiful, well-planned, and successfully executed design. Interior and New Construction Design Services Boston, Nantucket & South Florida based 617.686.7914


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The Revival of Captain Shubael Baxter’s Home By: Linda Davis Listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance, this Federal style home was first built in 1829 for schooner Captain Shubael Baxter. Over the course of 179 years, the home has welcomed several owners, had its size increased, and even took on the role of becoming a convent school. Sadly, by the turn of the century, the home fell into significant disrepair and waited patiently for its next phase of life. Finally, in 2008, Martin and Elaine White purchased the home knowing they had a challenge ahead of them. Having already lived in homes that needed remodeling and updating, they took on that challenge of skillfully giving new life to their old Cape Cod home.


The old kitchen, now part of an open floor plan due to the addition, was updated with traditional looking amenities such as a La Cornue dual range with double ovens, a double farmhouse sink, a large marble-topped center island, and to top it all off... there is a separate caterer’s kitchen complete with its own sink, refrigerator

Photos by: Lauren Clough

and dishwasher, making this home perfect for entertaining and family gatherings.


Elaine took on the role of an interior designer, selecting all of the colors, fixtures, and furniture, to create beautiful and welcoming spaces. This holds true


Photos by: Lauren Clough

for the library that was once used as the school’s chapel.

Photos by: Linda Davis

With the house now complete, other than the attached garage for which they have architectural plans, Martin and Elaine are ready to pass the home’s keys to the next generation of homeowner. For more information and to see more photos of this home, please visit our blog at

To make the home more conducive to their family’s needs, the Whites had an addition, complete with farmer’s porch, added off the back of the home. What a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of iced tea or wine while watching passers-by head to the nearby beach. N e w E n g lnaenfdl m F iangeaLzi ivni n eg . c. o co mm





C E N T U R I E S - O L D


By: Ellisha Alexina Photography: Joyelle West


As a textile designer with a background in art history, it has always been important for me to create with purpose. It amazes me how our ancient ancestors had so much skill and talent, specifically in the textile world. Take the embroideries found from the 17th century of Turkey for example. There is such fine hand detail and thoughtfulness to their design and pattern. Each bead is hand-knotted and each stitch is perfectly in line with the next. It is that creative skill and dedication that inspires me to create my fabrics. As a young artist with the accessibility of technology, I feel it is too easy for us to find shortcuts in the creative world, so I prefer to create custom fabric designs with my mind and completely by hand.

After the pattern is created, I begin mixing a custom color palette for the design. I like using soft light colors that are reminiscent of certain vegetable dyes used in the 17th century. Rajah, for example, is a pattern I created inspired by a woven dress fabric from 1780. This historical piece was created using a brocaded technique. Brocade is created by a slow weaving process that allows the designer to manipulate the fabric by hand, adding different colors within a motif. This technique makes the colors shown on the face (front) of the cloth completely opposite than the back due to the hand color process. This technique not only inspires my colorway choices, but is also how I got the idea of the size and shapes within the Rajah print.

As a muse for my patterns, I use motifs found in historical textiles such as the 17th century Turkish embroideries and woven fabrics. I can’t get enough of how beautiful their patterns flow and make your eyes move seamlessly around the pattern as you look at them. From those inspirational fabrics, I create something entirely new... something that I believe speaks for me as an artist and flows organically.

All fabrics are printed on 100% Belgian linen and are made to order with a two-week lead time. Custom colors are also available.

Fabrics shown are from the new collection – Gobi.


“As the summer sun sets and makes way for a star-filled sky, an evening garden starts to glow in the moonlight.” –Linda




For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term moon garden or an evening garden, it is simply a garden or area planted with white and pale tone plants that seem to glow as it reflects the light of the moon or other surrounding artificial light. Not only is a moon garden beautiful both day and night, it also gives off an extra-rich and delicious scent that attracts evening pollinators such as the hummingbird moth. If you like the idea of planning and planting your own moon garden but do not have the space, window boxes and flower boxes work just as well. Some flowers and plants to consider for a moon garden: Evening Primrose – This pinkish-white flower releases a sweet aroma and opens at dusk making it perfect for a night-blooming garden. It is also a great perennial if you are looking for a quick spreading plant. Evening Stock – I wouldn’t say it’s the prettiest flower out there, but when they open at night they release a heavenly scent. The Moonflower – Somewhat like a Morning Glory, but larger, the Moonflower only blooms at night offering a soft lemony scent. Night Phlox – If you like the scent of sweet vanilla, Night Phlox is one to try out. Night Gladiolus – This flower is open day and evening, but seems to give off a stronger spicy scent at night. Petunia Axillaris – I would say this is an essential sweet-smelling flower for a moon garden. Butterfly Bush – Without fail, hummingbird moths, also known

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as hawk moths, have visited our Butterfly Bush each year. Keep in mind where you plant this bush since it can get quite large both in height and in width.

Trees, flowers, and feathers, too.

Our weathervanes have flown down from the roof and are now inhabiting all sorts of places. If you can think of an animal you’d like to see in your backyard, we can make it for you. It’s time to think outside the cupola. 978-815-6189



SOAK IT IN. Your home is a reflection of who you are. That’s why at Eric Haydel Design we offer a full range of design services that are always inspired by you. Together we are able to push the boundaries of style to create one-of-a-kind interiors. We believe design is a chance to tell a story. Your story.






There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it´s sent awayâ€? - Sarah Kay




“These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things in 2017” With over 25,000 Instagram followers on @Newenglandfineliving, these are a few of their favorite things too!






Summer is all about easy entertaining and outdoor living. What better way to enjoy the endless water views than setting a table waterside? Whether you are entertaining a large group or simply setting a table for two... play up the brilliant colors of the ocean when setting your table. Highlight the ocean's striking landscape by using shades of blue, green, and lustrous gold. Your gathering will be easily remembered as one of the most fun and stylish evenings of the summer.


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The Making of Clambake Memories By: Julianna Oates

Walking the line between comfortable casual and elegantly formal, a New England Clambake is the perfect way to spend a summer evening.

Seafood soaked in melted butter, the sound of freshly steamed

family. Yes, she is a gracious hostess who always manages to

shellfish being cracked open, and the “pop” before the

pull off a casually elegant meal, but for this event she pulls

pouring of something bubbly make New England Clambakes

out all the stops. The linens are pressed to perfection, not just

unmistakable. Summertime at my grandparents’ home is

because it's beautiful, but because there's nothing quite like

where the family gathers for a feast. Sounds of waves crashing

preparing an event for those you care about. When there is

outside the back door mingle with faint laughter to create the

passion in the party planning, it's a sure bet for the best soiree.

most perfect background noise. As a child, I loved the big

As with all the best events, it’s more than the food, drinks, or

family dinners, and my grandparents’ home was the perfect

decorations. The best parties, whether for a robust group of

setting. As a teenager, it seemed like an exorbitant amount of

100 or a small gathering of five, guests ultimately depart with

work for a messy meal that would inevitably end with hours

happy feelings and lingering memories.

of hand washing dishes. It wasn't until I started my own family that I realized the annual clambake was about so much

One day, when these annual family clambakes are a thing

more than finding the perfect centerpiece or expertly placed

of the past and fade into memories, each time I spot blue

lobster platters.

gingham napkins or wooden seafood mallets, I will think of the perfect summer evening by the sea, surrounded by family.

The days spent prepping food, choosing linens, and washing silverware remain a labor of love. Every layer of preparation

serves as an expression of my grandmother’s devotion to her

Photo by: Jo Ann Slover - Shutterstock

“When you are planning your next event, consider the memories guests will carry with them when the gathering is all said and done. Chances are, you are giving them more than a great meal; you are giving them a wonderful memory.”


F O R K S , C O R K S & C O C K TA I L S

SEAFOOD DINNER By Janet Collazo - Lifestyle Blogger Seafood boils are traditionally a one-pot meal with the corn, potatoes, sausage, onions, and seafood all boiled together to make a fun and tasty meal for a small crowd. This seafood boil takes about 30 minutes in the oven or covered grill. The best part about this recipe... there are no messy pots to clean up. All you need to do is season your seafood, toss everything together on a sheet pan, cover with foil, and bake.

INGREDIENTS 1 lb large shrimp (shells on) 1 bag mussels in shells (scrubbed) 2 lbs littleneck clams in shells (scrubbed) 1 lb crab legs 1 lb Andouille sausage (sliced on the diagonal) 12 oz mixed baby red potatoes quartered 3 ears fresh corn (cut into small pieces) 6 small onions 2 tbs olive oil 2 tbs of melted butter 3 tbs Old Bay Seasoning 3 tbs Mrs. Dash Pepper to taste 2 sprigs of fresh thyme 1 bottle of clam juice 1 lemon DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 450°F with 1 rack in the top third of oven and 1 rack in the bottom third of oven. 2. Create liquid seasoning: Pour clam juice in a deep bowl then add melted butter, Old Bay Seasoning and Mrs. Dash then set aside.

3. Toss together potatoes, corn, onions, oil, and season with salt and pepper and place on an aluminum-foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Spread evenly and roast in a pre-heated oven on the bottom rack until potatoes are just tender (about 20 minutes). Be sure the entire sheet pan is covered tight with the aluminum foil since steam will be needed to help cook this meal. Once done, remove the foil-covered baking sheet from the oven and add seafood, sausage, thyme and rosemary to the baking sheet of vegetables. 4. Drizzle the liquid seasoning all over the baking sheet to coat the seafood and vegetables. 5. Bake at 450°F on top rack just until clams and mussels begin to open (8 to 10 minutes). 6. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve immediately.


For your special occasion, we prepare each dish, fresh to order, using locally grown and procured produce, meat, seafood, and dairy to create a delicious custom menu. We prepare meals from various cultures with confidence, creativity, zest, and attention to the smallest detail to provide you with an event that will be a savory success.

Wenham, MA


The Perfect Pair: Being from the East Coast, Mary McAuley knows a thing or two about our traditional clambakes and then some!

Photo by: Ripe Life Wines

Simplifying the food and wine pairing process, certified sommelier and culinary school graduate, Mary McAuley, has created an un-oaked Chardonnay and a Rose specifically for clambakes. During our taste test in the NEFL kitchen, we truly enjoyed sipping a well-rounded Clambake Chardonnay that lacked the hint of oak, and the flavor notes found in the not-to-sweet Clambake Rose.


F O R K S , C O R K S & C O C K TA I L S

NEFL’s Watermelon Gin Fizz Enjoy the taste of fresh watermelon with one of NEFL’s refreshing summer cocktails/mocktails. This recipe makes three to four refreshing cocktails depending on the amount of ice and soda used to top off your cocktail.

Before adding the lime soda... Pour your mixture into a shaker full of ice and shake away! Pour into glasses filled with ice, add the lemon-lime soda, and garnish with a lime wedge or slice. *We used a Bullet to create our watermelon puree, before putting it through a fine strainer, but you should be able to find fresh pressed watermelon juice at a local specialty store.

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Photos by: Shannon Calder

Tablescape and Photo by: Janet Collazo

*1 cup of pureed and strained fresh watermelon 1 shot watermelon pucker (from the liquor store) The juice of one large lime 2 shots of your favorite gin (leave out if you would like a mocktail) A splash of lemon-lime soda





REGATTA STYLE By: Kristen Uekermann

Sunny Espadrille



achting season has officially begun - time to set sail with easy accessories. Classic nautical stripes are a great starting point -think of them as a neutral. Then take a different tack by adding bright racing flag colors and cheeky details for a look that is shipshape!

Buoy Napkin Holder $24

Alice Clutch in Diamond Swirls $138

Silk Twill Tulip Scarf $223.50

Luster Leather Bracelets $168




Long Chain Wishbone Necklace $74.00

Yacht-Master II $18,750

Infinity Sunglasses $210

Joules Haven Waterproof Jacket $138

Sailboat-Print Tubini Top $108

Brunch With Me Bag $68



Making Scents Last When it comes to getting the most out of your perfume, many of us are missing out due to committing faux-pas, whether it’s through preparation, application or storage. Discover the 10 commandments to perfume perfection.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

It is important to have clean and healthy skin prior to spraying or applying perfume. Focus specifically on the parts where you will spray it, for example your pulse points. Moist skin enhances the perfume, why not invest in a body lotion version of your perfume to use as a base? Apply the body lotion first, and then spritz the scent. If you don’t have a body lotion with the same fragrance as the actual perfume, then try an unscented lotion. Using light antiperspirants with perfume typically enhances the fragrance and doesn't conceal it. Identify your pulse points (usually the wrists, neck, and behind the ears). Make sure these points are clean and moisturize (ideally with complementary body lotion). After applying the scent on pulse points, spray the perfume into the air and step into it so it gently envelops your entire body. Scent travels upwards, so don’t neglect those pulse points! It's best to apply perfume or cologne before you get dressed so that the clothing does not lap up the fragrance. Also, keep in mind that lighter notes (like florals) disintegrate more quickly than stronger scents like musk, patchouli and sandalwood. Perfume on the skin becomes warmer and rises with your body temperature. Also remember that scent does expire: typically, after three to six months after the bottle is opened. This is because the alcohol and the aldehydes (the organic compounds) dissipate and change the chemical composition and nature of the scent. If you use scent past its expiration date, don’t expect it to last very long on your skin. Fragrances are typically classified according to the strength of their scent (typically based on the concentration of scent oils). “Parfum” or “Perfume” contains the highest concentration of these oils. Then come Eau de parfum, Eau de toilette, Eau de cologne and lastly body sprays and lotions. If you are using “Parfum,” it takes very little layering to make the scent stand out, so layer appropriately. Storage is everything! Leaving your perfume exposed to extreme temperatures or sunlight will break down the chemical bonds, affecting the color, odor and general appearance. Windowsills and radiators are the no-go storage zones. Find a cabinet or dry space which won't be exposed to steam for optimum bottle storage. Keeping the bottle upright in the original box and avoid shaking the bottle excessively. Believe it or not, bottle design could help your perfume go the extra mile. Darker bottles last longer than their clear glass counterparts as it delays their interaction with sunlight and therefore preserve it for longer.



Shy is the oyster, fervent is the clam, peaceful is the ocean floor rocked by the sands of time. - Bradley Chicho



Not All Oysters Come From The Sea Steeped in tradition, yachting nurtures the spirit of fair play and thrives on a congenial atmosphere known all over the world. Yet, when it comes to racing, it is fiercely competitive and demands mastery, split-second precision, resilience and teamwork. With many of the same values, Rolex harnessed the passion of yachting and forged relationships with influential yacht clubs and introduced their watches to hardcore racers, elite skippers, and sailing enthusiasts across the globe. Waterproof, robust and accurate, Rolex Oyster Perpetual chronometers are uniquely suited to life “On The Water”.

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Dial – White mother-of-pearl set with diamonds Diameter – 31mm Bracelet Material – 904L Steel Waterproof to 330 feet

Dial – White mother-of-pearl set with diamonds Diameter – 28mm Bracelet Material – 904L steel and 18 ct Everose gold Waterproof to 330 feet

Dial – Dark Rhodium Diameter – 39mm Bracelet Material – 904L Steel Waterproof to 330 feet


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Dial – White mother-of-pearl set with diamonds Diameter – 34mm Bracelet Material –18 ct white gold Waterproof to 330 feet

Dial – Blue Diameter – 40mm Bracelet Material – 904L Steel Waterproof to 330 feet


In 1905, Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf decided to make wristwatches that would suit the active and sporting lifestyles of the modern world. Nine years later, in 1914, Rolex was the first to harness the precision of the marine chronometer clock, a vital navigational instrument, to the wristwatch. By 1926, Rolex had invented the world’s first waterproof wristwatch, the Oyster. Then, in 1931, the first self-winding wristwatch called the Perpetual was created. These patented innovations and landmarks in watchmaking formed the foundations for today’s Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master and Yacht- Master II.

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& Leisure






Crooked, winding, hilly lanes and all-inspiring water views

Marblehead, Massachusetts By Charlene Peters

are within the 4.5 square miles of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Beyond the aesthetics of this quaint and historic town, there is a mind-boggling list of historical and natural, artistic attractions, including a quaint downtown historic district that retains a British village feel. Rising above Chandler Hovey Park on Marblehead Neck, the town’s lighthouse, Marblehead Light Tower, is a unique spot in town where the view possesses its own charm. For out-of-town visitors who stay in one of over 30 Bed-and-Breakfast options, a local immersion experience

Photos by: Linda Davis

is undeniable.



The Jeremiah Lee Mansion, a colonial Georgian home, was built by American craftsmen in 1768 when Lee was the wealthiest merchant and ship owner in Massachusetts. Preserved in its nearly original

“Today, residents and visitors alike stroll through the town’s streets year-round”

state, the house stands as a tribute to both colonial America’s strong ties to England and its independent commercial success. Many of the Mansion’s original decorative elements have been preserved, including rare 18th-century English hand-painted wallpapers – the only such wall treatments surviving in place. The house is furnished with an outstanding collection of early American furniture, including examples by Boston, Salem and Marblehead cabinetmakers. Guided tours of 18 furnished rooms on three floors give visitors an overview of the daily life, surroundings and occupations of Marblehead residents.

In the interest of statistical accuracy, Marblehead lays claim to 19.6 square miles within its recognized borders, but 15.1 of those square miles is situated in the Atlantic Ocean. Today residents and visitors alike stroll through the town’s narrow streets year-round, enjoying a rich offering of the arts, beaches, dining and shopping, as well as a lively string of community events. Summertime is bustling with Marblehead Festival of Arts, a melting pot of artistic showcases held at numerous venues that runs this year from July 1-4, culminating with the Fourth of July Harbor Illumination and Fireworks.

Abbot Hall on Washington Street is where you’ll find the original Spirit of ’76 painting by Archibald MacNeal Willard (1836-1918), who created the lighthearted illustration of the Civil War he titled, “Yankee Doodle.” The image of the elderly drummer symbolizes heroism during the Revolutionary War, while the young boy represents a patriotic future. In March of 1876, crowds came to see “Yankee Doodle” on public display in Ohio. That interest led to the painting remaining on exhibit, but with a new name, “The Spirit of ‘76,” to avoid any connection to the ditty that popularized the eccentric Yankee Doodle patriot. The painting

Marblehead’s History

found its way to Abbot Hall in 1880 through a donation by Gen. John H.

Since Marblehead’s 1629 incorporation, residents of this sailing and

Devereux of Cleveland, Ohio, a Marblehead native whose son had posed

fishing town have distinguished themselves as patriots, artists and

as the drummer boy for the painter.

entrepreneurs. As one of the oldest, continuously used town halls in America, the 1727 Old Town House often is referred to as “Marblehead’s

This coastal New England town is worthy of a summertime visit, if not

Cradle of Liberty” for the many pre-Revolutionary War meetings held

for its history, but for its welcoming community and arts aplenty.

there. This venerable structure is where Hollywood films have been made and where artists showcase photography during the Festival of Arts. Marblehead Arts Association makes its home at a most impressive address, 8 Hooper St., in the Hooper Mansion. Built in 1728 by candle maker Greenfield Hooper, the structure was updated by his son, Robert “King” Hooper, in 1745, with an elegant Georgian façade for the new front section. The MAA exhibited Frank Benson’s etchings in the 1930s.

Facing Page - Photos of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion by Rick Ashley Right - Photo by– Linda Davis


“I often refer to my books as my “Valentines to Newport.” Here, in the introduction to my recent/newest book, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style, I try to capture that feeling in words . . .”


Living Newport


By: Bettie Bearden Pardee To crest the Newport Bridge, with its bird’s-eye view of the stunningly vast Narragansett Bay and the church spires and ship masts seen in the distance, always makes me catch my breath. I thrill at what I know awaits me as I come over the bridge... velvety lawns along the craggy coastline of our ledge island, the emerald green meeting the blue horizon of water... the sandy beaches forming magnificent crescent bays... a deep natural harbor narrowing at is mouth as it slips past Hammersmith Farm and out into the open Atlantic... and enviable climate with welcome breezes for resident and sailor alike... majestic trees, their sweeping branches adding grace and shadows to the streetscapes and parkland setting of the storied properties. It is these properties, the many exceptional old-world homes, gate houses, garden follies, stables and carriage houses, with their sylvan landscapes, that bestow a deep comfort to living in Newport... a sense that the past and present seem equally alive. Since its founding in 1639, our fabled seaport has displayed an intriguing ability to evolve. And with each iteration, Newport has not only survived but thrived. It has built up a patina, generation upon generation, creating “good bones,” as my mother loved to say. What touches us is not how much Newport has changed but how, in an endearing way, it has appeared not to change. As if on cue, it is Newport’s sophisticated charm which is again attracting a vibrant new crowd and social energy to our shores, a “vibe” that heralds the next chapter in this town’s history. Come, see and fall in love with Newport this summer.

Photo By: Kenneth Lindh


Photos by: Meredith Brower

Living Newport: Taking inspiration from Villa Lante in Italy, the rill flows down the center of Bellevue House’s American Renaissance Water Garden.


Living Newport: The Teahouse creates a stunning backdrop for a garden birthday party at Bellevue House.


“Long ago on a faraway isle, the summer’s biggest musical bash was created.”

Boston Pops on Nantucket

By: Penny Lyons . Photography: Brian Sager

Kathryn Clauss, a woman with a vision, dreamed of a magical

Through the generosity of sponsors, Nantucket Island Resorts

evening of music under the stars 30 miles out-to-sea, to benefit

owners Stephen and Jill Karp and the thousands of volunteers

the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Against all odds, Clauss turned

and workers through the years, this tradition has contributed

her vision into a reality in 1997, with the first performance of the

greatly to the capital campaign whose goal has been to build

Boston Pops Orchestra on the prestigious island of Nantucket.

a new hospital. Today, that goal is within view as island residents proudly watch the construction of the new hospital.

Twenty-one years later, the Pops has become the biggest fundraiser for the non-profit Nantucket Cottage Hospital, raising $2 million each year, with 100% of the proceeds donated directly to the hospital.



The magic begins: On the given Saturday in August, it’s not unusual to be riding

The entertainment opens with the guest emcee who ignites

the ferry over to Nantucket alongside musicians holding

the night with laughter and introductions. Emcees have

their tuxedos or black dresses on hangers. Back at the island,

included former Nantucket resident, (the late) Tim Russert,

construction of the large stage and the ambitious lighting

Katie Couric, and Chris Mathews to name a few. Guest

design miraculously transforms a beautiful summer beach

performers are announced in late spring and have included

into a spectacular outdoor concert venue. Ninety exquisitely

Broadway and musical stars such as Carly Simon, Brenda

decorated tables are dressed to match the level of elegance

Peters, Kenny Loggins, Michael Cavanaugh, Joel Grey, and

of the 1,000 patrons who arrive for this soiree. Making sure

(the late) Natalie Cole, who have lit up the stage, bringing

that everyone can participate comfortably, various patron

crowds to their feet. This year, the stage and the audience will

opportunities range from underwriters’ tables, to reserved

be rock 'n rolling with the “good, good, vibrations” of Rock

seating tables, to reserved seating theater rows with perks

and Roll Hall of Famers, The Beach Boys.

that vary accordingly: reserved parking, cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, entrance to the AfterGlow Party and/or an

At the conclusion of the concert, bows are taken to encore

invitation to the kick-off party that happens in July.

rounds of applause, but the grand finale of the night is the spectacular fireworks display. The evening’s experience

The most popular ticket of the evening is the general admission

escalates with colorful sparks that light up the night sky

ticket. The majority of the 8,000 patrons enjoy a $30 admission

and illuminate the harbor. When it’s time to bid adieu,

to the greatest night of the summer. The gates open at 4:30 p.m.

guests depart under a smoke-filled sky, the air still lit with

to thousands who make their way with friends and families

excitement, as they exit the beach singing and dancing. And

carrying blankets, coolers, and beach chairs. The beautiful

for those patrons who stay for the AfterGlow Party, the

expanse of beach swiftly fills with colorful picnics of all kinds,

fun continues!

from the elaborate homemade fare to the variety of take-out options offered by local shops, restaurants, and fish markets. This is a great evening to throw a dinner party! I, personally, purchase 10 tickets and invite guests for a “LOBSTA’ at the POPS” picnic, with a call-ahead order for ten ready-to-eat lobsters from our favorite fishmonger. As picnics wind down

The Boston Pops on Nantucket August 12, 2017

and the sun sets, the harbor fills with sailboats and yachts of all sizes, swaying in the water, while guests on the beach settle in with wine in hand for an evening of musical bliss.



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First discovered by John Oxley in 1818 and opened for settlement in 1830, unlike our own clearly defined six-state region, New England Australia has no defined boundaries.


New England, Australia: The Good Oil By: Evangeline Moore

If you’re familiar with the phrase “The Good Oil” you most likely know we can’t claim to be the only New Englanders in the world. The fact is, those who use the phrase “The Good Oil”, meaning useful information, a good idea, or the truth, are from New England, Australia. New England Australia:

When New England Australia first opened for settlement in the early 1830s, it didn’t see much excitement – that is until their own gold rush of 1851, at Rocky River, causing an influx of people. In the following year, gold was also discovered in Hanging Rock and Swamp Creek, further increasing the growing population. Other than gold, large coal deposits, and tin, gemstones such as sapphires have also been discovered. One famous incident in New England Australia, was the criminal trail left in the 1860’s by famous bushranger Captain Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt robbed properties, mail coaches, and hotels throughout the region, before finally being caught and shot dead by Constable Alexander Binney Walker in 1870. Captain Thunderbolt was the longest surviving bushranger in Australian history. New England Australia, includes the local government areas of Armidale Dumaresq, Inverell, Walcha, Glen Innes Severn, Gunnedah, Guyra,

Gwydir, Liverpool Plains, Moree Plains, Narrabri, Tamworth Regional, and Uralla. All combined form New England, the home of Australia’s most persistent attempt to form a new state. Something that we do have in common with “those” New Englanders, is their love for scenery and the outdoors. Nundle, founded during the gold rush of 1851, offers 25 miles of rolling hills and farmland. Armidale, home to Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, is the place to enjoy walking, swimming, rock climbing, or picnicking, while surrounded by beautiful scenery. Another town, Uralla, established slightly earlier than Nundle, is home to old-fashioned gothic buildings, a museum that shares more information about Captain Thunderbolt, and places to stay or enjoy a meal. It sounds like New England Australia would be a beautiful travel destination, but one thing’s for sure, you’ll always have to come back to “our” New England to find the best clam chowder.





By: Linda Davis

New England is in Full Swing N

ew England is rich with historical facts, especially when it comes to boasting rights to so many “firsts” in this country. One, being our region, holds the title for having the first and oldest golf course in the country, The Country Club in Brookline, MA. Today, you will find many golf courses dotting the vast open areas of New England, but two of those New England courses are owned and managed by Southworth Development.

Facing Page: Willowbend Golf Course. Photo by Southworth Develepment

Located on Cape Cod, Willowbend, a luxury residential community of custom homes, townhomes, and villa condos, offers 27 holes of championship golf on three nines, attracting local members and professionals alike such as Gary Player and Rory McIlroy. It also offers the area's only stadium tennis court and three dining venues. North of Boston, in Haverhill, MA, Renaissance is a family-friendly private club that focuses on top-notch service as-well-as fun. Its championship golf course welcomes players of all abilities. The 30,000-square foot Renaissance Clubhouse, nominated by Golf Magazine for its National Clubhouse of the Year award, offers private men’s and women’s lounges for socializing, a grand ballroom for business or social events, club rooms for overnight guests, and a Grill Room. David Southworth, founder of Southworth Development, LLC, has been a leading force in residential resorts and luxury residential communities all over the world. I recently had the opportunity to ask David a few questions about his New England properties.


Here’s what David shared: LD: As a leader in international golf communities and properties, what makes the New England properties special and unique from those found in other parts of the world? DS: Golf has a rich history in New England and many New Englanders continue to remain passionate and true to the game. That, combined with good old-fashioned New England family values, makes for a dynamic combination that’s ideal for our type of sports and health-centric master-planned communities. LD: I understand Southworth Development has three properties in New England: Renaissance in Haverhill, MA, Willowbend in Cape Cod, MA and Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, two of which are golf communities; what drew you to those three areas especially the golf resort communities? DS: In each case, we felt that these three New England communities offered something special. Willowbend on Cape Cod was the first community I ever developed (we’re celebrating the 25th Anniversary this year!) – but more to the point, I believe Cape Cod is an iconic destination that will forever hold its allure and popularity. Renaissance was a special opportunity for us for two reasons: (1) The course setting, layout and design features are fantastic and (2) Boston’s North Shore is golf-crazy! We felt that adding a beautiful clubhouse and family-friendly amenities to a course of this caliber would be a winning combination - and it is! Lake Winnipesaukee is similar to Cape Cod in that it’s an iconic New England destination and has been a popular family gathering place for generations.

With Meredith Bay, we are very proud to be a part of what that community has become and its popularity. LD: Being a New Englander yourself, we both know New England can have its seasonal challenges. What challenges did you face and have to keep in mind for the golf communities? DS: Unpredictable and sometimes extreme weather conditions are just the way of life in New England. Like most New Englanders, we don’t think too much about those issues – we simply just deal with it. I would say the biggest challenge in operating our New England communities at such a high level is staffing. It takes a great deal of training to prepare our seasonal staff to deliver the professional and caring service we are known for offering. Fortunately, the operations are big enough where we have a great nucleus of year-round professionals and many of our seasonal staff return year after year. We also have the advantage of having other Southworth communities whose off-season falls in the summer, allowing us to bring in added managerial talent during the busy New England summer and fall periods. LD: Do you see the future of luxury golf communities growing in popularity here in New England? If so, why? DS: I’m not certain there will be too much growth in the foreseeable future simply because it’s difficult to find suitable locations and these types of communities have become very difficult to finance.

Willowbend Club House


LD: How healthy is the market currently in this region, as golf has gone through its ups and downs in New England over the years? DS: We’ve had a very busy three years at our New England properties. That being said, we spent millions of dollars improving these properties during the recession, putting them in a position to succeed once the economy improved. Willowbend and Meredith Bay were our number 1 and 2 producers of real estate sales last year and Renaissance set a company record of selling 52 new memberships in 2016. Thus far in 2017, we are pacing ahead of 2016 in those three properties. We are very happy! LD: Do you have any plans for future golf communities in New England? If so, where and when will they be ready to visit and enjoy? DS: We have no plans at the moment to expand in New England, but you never know when the right opportunity might present itself. We are a New England company, so any project we can do close to home is a plus.

Renaissance Ballroom

David Southworth Over the course of his career, David Southworth, of Southworth Development in Natick, MA, has become a recognized leader in the field of golf and hospitality projects. Specializing in residential resorts and hospitality-branded real estate communities, David has written his own success story by developing over $1 billion dollars’ worth of beautiful properties found all over the world, three of which are right here in New England.



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Lakehouse Inn, Lee, Massachusetts

C a p ta i n ’s M a n o r I n n , Fa l m o u t h , M a s s a c h u s e t t s

Close to luxury-brand shopping, golf, museums, and Tanglewood, the Lakehouse is a small luxury boutique inn we stayed at while visiting the Berkshires. Our personal highlights: An evening cocktail hour, luxurious room amenities, and a full breakfast in the dining room that started out with warm muffins and coffee delivered to our suite in a basket.

Located in Falmouth Village’s historic district, this luxury getaway was close and within walking distance to many great restaurants, shops, galleries and the beach. My personal highlights: Elegant décor and surroundings, cookies served at night, by room name, on individual glass-domed pedestals, a delicious breakfast, and early morning coffee on the wrap-around porch.

Th e Da n f o rt h I n n, P o rt l a n d, M a i n e

Grand Harbor Inn, Camden, Maine

Staying at The Danforth Inn offered a visual feast for the eyes. The interior was stylish, lavish, and modern, yet exuded historic architectural features and charm. My personal highlights: Fine dining at Tempo Dulu, creative custom cocktails in their lounge, and climbing stairs to the old and untouched attic to enjoy the view from the inn’s cupola.

The Grand Harbor Inn is a small waterfront luxury hotel that seamlessly blends interior styling reminiscent of a Tuscan Villa with classic New England style touches. Our personal highlights: Watching the sunrise over the harbor from our suite, a double-sided fireplace enjoyed from both the bedroom and living room, and it is close to restaurants and shops.


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