Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer 2013 Activities

Music In The Garden
every Thursday evening
through August 15th

Refreshments for sale by local eateries start at 6 p.m.
Free Concerts from 7:00-8:00 by area musicians 
Bring lawn chairs.


July 18, 2013:
 Carla Niemeyer and Ron Hawley served delicious Springs Inn sub sandwiches at Music in the Garden tonight. The weather cooled off a bit as the Methodist praise band who call themselves "Ever Evolving", played beautiful music while the crowd of close to 70 people enjoyed the early evening in Shakespeare Garden.

June 20, 2013:
 One of the beautiful flowerbeds in Shakespeare Garden in Wessington Springs. This bed is sponsored by Sylvia Harden Wolcott in memory of her parents, Phillip and Maxine Harden. The Hardens lived in Anne Hathaway Cottage while Dr. Harden was president of Wessington Springs College in the late 1950's.
 (Source: Susan Arnott)

May 24, 2013:
Planting Festival at Shakespeare Garden this week.  

(Source: Susan Arnott)

Cecil White, a master thatcher from Washington state, scaled the Anne Hathaway cottage at Shakespeare Garden in Wessington Springs last summer. He returned to Wessington Springs to do a little maintenance on the only thatched-roof building in South Dakota.
(Source: Susan Arnott)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reunion Pictures

Some photos
and memories
from the 
Wessington Springs

It was a lovely weekend
for flowers and visitors...

There was a steady stream 
of visitors through the cottage and gardens....

Alumni paged through
the many photo albums
and school year books....

There were rare photos 
brought by guests...

And a special scrap book
painstakenly pieced together
by Hazel Carlton....

Here she is pictured
with a quilt given to Mrs. Shay
by her bible students...

and with the Blue Willow China
she graciously donated to the cottage

That afternoon local thespians
re-enacted the original play
written by Kay Kline in 1953
"Facing the Future Unafraid, 
The Lives of Clark & Emma Shay"

Mrs. Shay played by Gwyneth Dean 

the performance 
was directed by Kathy Dean

here she is with 

the play's writer and original producer...

Kathy Dean and Kay Kline

Many talented local people 
got involved in bringing this play
to the stage once again.

Left: Mr. and Mrs. Kline -
 top Right: Gwyneth playing Mrs. Shay -
 bottom Right: entire cast

that evening the celebration
came to an end with a very special

Decorations were provided 
by JoAn Corr

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wessington Springs Academy Reunion

It was a weekend of "Gathering"
in Wessington Springs


The Wessington Springs
College/High School & Academy
held their reunion
The Free Methodist Church
celebrated it's
125th Anniversary

over 230 people from all over the United States
registered for the event

the count is not official,
but the town was bursting with visitors!

The Community Room
at Hillcrest Heights served as the hospitality center...

with it's new sunroom and air-conditioned space,
it was a popular place for the participants
to sit and catch up with long lost classmates.

Hillcrest Heights was built on the old 
Wessington Springs College sight in the 1970's.

Just west of the apartments and community room
is the original Shakespeare Garden and Ann Hathaway Cottage.
Reunion visitors could cool off with some lemonade
and then stroll over to the gardens and cottage
for a trip back in time!

The cottage was built by Professors and students
of the Wessington Springs College in 1932
the original gardens are maintained today by 
volunteers of the community and funded by 
donations from members and friends from all over the world.

Academy and College students keep in touch
and contribute to this wonderful garden project
started 80 years ago!
What a fine tribute to it's founders
Professor Clark and Emma Shay!! 

The cottage was built for the Shays
as their home to retire in after many years
of teaching at the College...

this weekend it was filled with love and laughter
from the many students that benefited from the 
Wessington Springs Academy
and the teachings of Clark and Emma Shay...

There was even a play written by 
a former teacher of the college...

The play outlines the lives of 
Professor Clark and Emma Shay...

this weekend some of the talented folks
in Wessington Springs brought that play to 
the stage of the local historical 
Opera House....

The Free Methodist Church 
which was affiliated with the Wessington Springs Academy
celebrated it's 125th anniversary
with a banquet....

A FULL schedule of events
and a huge attendance made the whole
weekend a great success!!

This summer we will be posting more photos 
from all of these events...
I hope you will follow along!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spring 2012

Spring in Shakespeare Garden...

fresh and lovely as can be...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Annual Meeting Reminder

Annual Meeting

Sunday April 29th

1.30 p.m.

Board member elections will be held.

Tea will be served following.

All are invited to attend.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Event Update

We have some events coming up....

Grab your pen and check out our calendar page!

You don't want to miss out....

Annual Meeting

Annual Planting Festival


Academy Reunion

 Calendar Page under our heading
for dates and details.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Let's Have Tea

A Cup of Tea 

When the world is all at odds 
And the mind is all at sea 
Then cease the useless tedium
 And brew a cup of tea. 

There is magic in its' fragrance,
 There is solace in its' taste;
 And then laden moments vanish 
Somehow into space. 

And the world becomes a lovely thing!
 There's beauty as you'll see;
 All because you briefly stopped 
To brew a cup of tea.

                                        (J. Jonker, Amsterdam, c.1670)

Are you enjoying this mild winter?

Warm and cozy...
 inside your little cottage?

Dreaming of spring ...

and what seeds to order?

Maybe you are scanning cook books...

Dreaming about cakes and petifores

Maybe you're just bored and
need to visit with a friend....

Maybe some tea
and scones is 
what you need....

A cucumber sandwich would 
be a delight indeed....

Would you like to come 
over and have tea 
with me?