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Adaland Mansion sets July events

July 14, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

July holds two new events for visitors to Philippi's Victorian mansion. Guests to the restored 1870 house on the hill will relish the cooling summer breezes while they savor the tasty finger foods of high tea, delight in an imaginary meeting of an American poet and philosopher, and enjoy a specially prepared summer buffet.

"We're celebrating the joys of summer with activities on the pavilion at Adaland Mansion during the month of July," says Executive Director Ann Serafin.

High tea on the pavilion starts the afternoon on Sunday. Traditional English tea finger foods, plus a tasty variety of Adaland's own twist on the English tea will set the stage for the one-act play that follows the tea.

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Old friends Karen Larry and Alma Bennett confer about the staging of the one act play, ‘Frog Songs’ by West Virginia playwright Jean Batlo. The two friends worked together years ago when the Covered Bridge Playhouse staged summer productions at the Barbour County Fairgrounds. Currently, Bennett is directing Larry and Clarksburg resident Shane Mitchell in Adaland Mansion at Philippi’s Matinee Tea and Live Play event scheduled for Sunday. The play tells of the imaginary meeting between poet Emily Dickinson and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. For reservations to the tea and play, call 304-457-2415 or 304-457-1587. For more information, visit

Local director Alma Bennett directs McDowell County playwright Jean Batlo's "Frog Songs." Bennett will combine both the reader's theater format and acting to bring to life the imaginary meeting between American poet Emily Dickinson and American philosopher Henry David Thoreau.

Bennett's two readers/actors are Clarksburg resident Shane Mitchell and Philippi resident Karen Larry. Mitchell is recreating the role of Thoreau, one he brought to life 18 years ago as a student actor of Bennett's at Alderson-Broaddus College. Larry, who worked with the Covered Bridge Playhouse, an early Barbour County Arts and Humanities Council undertaking, is now a volunteer at Adaland Mansion.

The second special event for July is the Summer Buffet on the Pavilion from 1 - 3 p.m. July 22. Lucy Williamson, who is widely known for her mouth watering meals, will prepare a buffet featuring much of early summer's fresh harvest.

Reservations for the Buffet on the Pavilion and the Matinee Tea and Live Play may be made by calling 304-457-2415 or 304-457-1587. Visit Adaland at for further information and for directions.



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