Open Mic Nite in the Parlor - New Year's Edition!

The Merchant's House Museum is kicking off the New Year with a celebration of the most modern of arts! Join us for a night of poetry, comedy, prose, music, old sea shanties, and more, at our first Open Mic Nite of 2016. Bring a friend or two and no more than five minutes of material; sign up at the door. Tickets are $13 ($8 for students/seniors; FREE for members). 

In the 19th century, literary salons gathered great thinkers, artists, and writers under one roof for a night of socialization and “improving conversation.” In that same spirit, the Merchant’s House celebrates the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians. Come to share your work or simply enjoy. Wine & light refreshments will be served. Writer and Three Rooms Press editor Constance Renfrow will host.

Merchant's House Museum. 29 East Fourth Street (between Bowery and Bleecker), New York. RSVP on Facebook.

 

Open Mic Nite on Friday the 13th

Join me at the Merchant's House Museum on Friday, November 13th for the next installment in our open mic series. It will be a night of readings, music, wine, conversation, and dramatic performances.

In the 19th century, literary salons gathered great thinkers, artists, and writers under one roof for a night of socialization and “improving conversation.” In that same spirit, the Merchant’s House is celebrating the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians with an Open Mic Nite -- this time in our beautiful parlor. Come share your work or simply enjoy. Wine & light refreshments will be served in the kitchen.

If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than 5 minutes of material. A sign-up sheet will be available upon entry.

Admission $10, Students & Seniors $5, FREE for Members. Reservations are not necessary.

Plus, for those of you who enjoy the supernatural, know that the Merchant's House was called "Manhattan's Most Haunted House" by The New York Times. Who knows what might happen on Friday the 13th! 

To learn more or RSVP, visit our Facebook page.

Seabury Tredwell's Funeral Reenactment in The New York Times

Roberta Belulovich (left) and I (right) as we begin the procession from the Merchant's House Museum.  (Michael Nagle for  Observer )

Roberta Belulovich (left) and I (right) as we begin the procession from the Merchant's House Museum. (Michael Nagle for Observer)

Last Sunday's funeral reenactment at the Merchant's House Museum has caught New York's attention. As has become my annual Halloween tradition, I donned nineteenth-century mourning and reprised my role as Gertrude Tredwell, the youngest daughter of the family that once lived at 29 East Fourth Street. Joined by Roberta Belulovich, who plays Gertrude's mother, Eliza Tredwell, and Carl Raymond, who served as the Revered Samuel Cooke, we recreated the 1865 funeral of Seabury Tredwell, patriarch of the Tredwell family. The event began with a service in the parlors and processed through the streets of the Bowery to New York's Marble Cemetery. 

As in previous years, the event was sold out, but this year, nearly everyone in the audience wore period or period-inspired clothing. This made the funeral procession a sight to behold, and as a result, it's been featured in the Observer and The New York Times!

In "Merchant's House Museum's Annual Funeral Rite Raises the Spectre of . . . Spectres," Kim Velsey begins her article:

The drapes were drawn and the oil lamps burning low when we entered the parlor of the Merchant’s House Museum Sunday afternoon to join the mourners at the funeral of Seabury Tredwell.  

Read the full Observer piece here.

Then, yesterday, the museum community and I were overjoyed to see our event had been featured in a video by famed New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. "Head to Toe Black" discusses New York's continued love of black fashion, beginning with its use as mourning attire in the nineteenth century. Watch "Head to Toe Black" here and share your thoughts in the comments!

 

Ghostly Happenings at the Merchant's House Museum

Merchant's House funeral reenactment, 2014. (Photo by Nathan Swan: http://nathanswan.com/blog/2014/11/27/funeral-reenactment-for-seabury-tredwell)

Merchant's House funeral reenactment, 2014. (Photo by Nathan Swan: http://nathanswan.com/blog/2014/11/27/funeral-reenactment-for-seabury-tredwell)

This weekend, the Merchant's House Museum continues its yearly tradition of offering candlelight ghost tours of the historic nineteenth century home. Eight people died at number 29 East Fourth Street, and some say their spirits still linger here today. In fact, The New York Times has called the Merchant's House Museum "Manhattan's most haunted house." I will be assisting with the ghost tours on Friday and Saturday, the 23rd and 24th. Tours are offered at these times: 

Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24
Super Spooky Tour (includes 4th Floor Servants’ Quarters): 6:30, 8 & 9:30 p.m. $35
Spooky Tour: 7, 7:30, 8:30, 9 p.m. $25
MHM Members $15 all times.
Wednesday, October 28; Thursday, October 29; Friday, October 30
Super Spooky Tour (includes 4th Floor Servants’ Quarters): 6:30, 8 & 9:30 p.m. $40
Spooky Tour: 7, 7:30, 8:30, 9 p.m. $30
MHM Members $15 all times.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Additionally, on Sunday, October 25th, I will be reprising the role of Gertrude Tredwell during our annual From Parlor to Grave: 1865 Funeral Reenactment and Graveyard Procession. I will be dressed in period mourning, as shown above on the left, as we reenact the 1865 funeral of patriarch Seabury Tredwell. Tickets can be purchased here.

To read more about Victorian mourning and dress, check out my article on LitroNY "Death Brought to Life at the Met."

Open Mic Nite in a Historic Garden

This Thursday, I'll be hosting an open mic at the Merchant's House Museum. Come join in the fun and perform five minutes of your best work. 

Our August Open Mic Nite was such a success, we’re doing it again. In the 19th century, literary salons gathered great thinkers, artists, and writers under one roof for a night of socialization and “improving conversation.” In that same spirit, the Merchant’s House is celebrating the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians with an Open Mic Nite in the Garden. Come share your work or simply enjoy. Refreshments will be served.

If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than 5 minutes of material. A sign-up sheet will be available upon entry.

Thursday, September 24, 2015. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Merchant's House Museum (29 East Fourth Street).

Admission $10, Students & Seniors $5, FREE for Members. Reservations are not necessary.
http://merchantshouse.org/calendar