Friday, January 30, 2015

Cottages, Castles, and Clotted Cream

"Afternoon Tea at the Cottage"

Thursday January 29th, 2015 
Linda Burg presented highlights of her trip to England and Wales

 The Tea Plate:

Sweet Breads and Scones with Currants

 Grandma's Scones with Currants,
made with real butter, heavy cream, and sweet currants...
 (Linda sent the recipe home with all of us!)

We were encouraged to eat them as the 
Welsh do...
top the scone with Clotted Cream,
on top of that a drizzle of fruit preserves


It's impossible to find "real" Clotted Cream anymore,
so Linda shared her recipe for Easy Clotted Cream:

1 cup heavy cream (not ultra-pasteurized)
1/3 cup sour cream
1 T confectioner's sugar

Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
Remove from mixer and hand whisk in the sour cream
and confectioner's sugar until just combined.
Store in refrigerator.

After giving our mouths a blissful 
tour around the tea plate,
Linda gave us all a delightful virtual tour
of their travels through small villages in Wales.
Several cousins from her family traveled together
to seek information and history from their
great-Great-Grandparents born in Wales.

Along the way they visited
ancient Roman barracks and an amphitheater,
world famous Tintern Abbey,
the Museum of Welsh Life at St. Fagans,
St. Davids, home to the magnificent 
13th century
Cathedral and Bishops' Palace,
strolled through countless courtyards
and charming market towns,
and toured the original Anne Hathaway's cottage
at Stratford-upon-Avon

By the end of the talk we all wanted
to call the closest travel agency 
and book a trip to Wales.
(Or even better yet)
to the place of our own ancestors birthplace.
Linda not only provided us with 
delicious foods and beautiful descriptions
of the picturesque villages she and her
relatives originate,
she also spoke of the meaning and the importance
to honor those who came before us.
Their story is where we came from
we should honor it and carry it forward.
She shared this...

The Story Tellers
We are the chosen …
In each family there is one
who seems called to find the ancestors;
to put flesh on their bones
and make them live again,
to tell the family their story
and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
Genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts;
instead it is breathing life into
all who have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe.
All tribes have one.
We have been called as if it were in our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us:
“Tell our story.”
And so we do … in them we find ourselves.


 Thank You to Linda and the Shakespeare Garden Society
for a lovely afternoon!
It's always a pleasure to share tea with you!

Mary Jane Dean Belz and Susan Arnott ready to serve tea.
To take home: a home made Welsh Biscuit and the recipes for Grandma's Scones and Clotted Cream

Monday, August 4, 2014

Music In The Garden Well Attended

Thursday evenings
you can hear the music
from most any corner of the 
north side of town....

follow what you're hearing
to the garden
and you will be delighted!

Normally the peaceful gardens are a place
for solitude and rest or quiet meetings
and quaint gatherings...

 but, summer Thursday evenings 
it transforms to a song-ful
toe-tappin' garden....

where anybody and everybody 
can enjoy music from Beatle's tunes
to Classic Music....

(even the butterfly's come out to dance among the flowers)

Last Thursday the Green Onions entertained
a record number of people 
with their 60's and 70's music...


KMIT Radio Station was there 
with a live broadcast to the station in Mitchell

If you missed last week's performance,
there is still a couple of weeks left 
in this summer's lineup of entertainment...

The gardens are spectacular....

 Summer goes by so fast...

 don't wait too long...

 If music be the food of love,
               play on.
~William Shakespeare


Thursday August 7 -  The Ever-Evolving UMC Praise Band
Food by Sweet Grass

Thursday August 14 - The Schimke Family
Food by Springs Inn

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

2014 Let the Work Begin

 All are invited to the Annual Meeting which will be held at 1:30 PM, Sunday, April 27 at Anne Hathaway Cottage.  Board member elections will be held.  Tea will be served following the meeting.

Our annual Planting Festival will be Wednesday to Saturday, May 21 to 24, 2014. We will begin planting on Wednesday morning and continue until Saturday. Anyone is welcome. Come at any time, for any length of time. No need to sign-up, just show up. Supper will be served to all volunteers on Thursday evening. 

 Anne Hathaway Cottage will be open to visitors weekly throughout the summer months. We welcome volunteers to host in the cottage. If you have an afternoon to help at the cottage, please contact a board member.  Visitors may enjoy walking through the garden anytime all summer long. 
Souvenirs are on sale inside the cottage.  For Cottage Hours Call 605-539-0026.

 The second season of "Music in the Garden" will kick off Thursday June 5 in the garden at 7 p.m. Various musical groups from the area will be performing for the public free of charge every Thursday evening from June 5 to August 14. Light suppers provided by local merchants will be available for sale before each program. This annual series, organized by Mary Jane Dean Belz, had its very 
successful inaugural run last summer. Come and enjoy music and fun in the garden. The cottage will be open during these events.

The Wessington Springs Shakespeare Garden and Hathaway Cottage is a non-profit organization that relies on the dedication of it's volunteers and the generosity of donors from across the country.
If you would like to be a part of keeping the garden and cottage the unique treasure it is to our town, please call any of the board members. They will be happy to help you find something you would enjoy. Opportunities for volunteers include:
Welcoming visitors to the cottage during afternoon hours this summer.
Baking or helping host cottage teas occasionally during the summer months.
Helping with weeding and upkeep of the garden this summer.

The Shakespeare Garden Fund, established in 2012 with South Dakota Community Foundation, is,as of 2014, making available the Fund's interest for use by SGS to help care for the cottage and garden.  Friends of Shakespeare Garden contributed funds which were matched by an anonymous donor to create this fund.  Anyone may make contributions to the Shakespeare Garden Fund by contacting South Dakota Community Foundation for information.
We are grateful to our friends for their contributions 
which will help protect Shakespeare Garden in perpetuity.

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