Autumn Pie & Arts

Saturday September 14th, 1:00 PM

Community: Livermore, Maine
Venue: Washburn-Norlands Living History Center


$5 for afternoon activities, $12 including dinner

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is pleased to be a venue for the Crossroads International Celtic Festival on Saturday, September 14th. Against a backdrop of 445 acres of rolling fields and woodlands, history and music for all ages will fill the autumn air. Come for the whole day, or just the afternoon or evening. The choice is yours!

The day starts at 1:00 p.m. with a pie sale and tours of the 1867 Italianate Washburn family mansion. Whole pies will be for sale ($12 each) while supplies last. Slices will be served up for a donation. Step back into the post-Civil War years and learn about the remarkable Washburn family of Livermore. Mansion tours will highlight the art work of Cadwallader Lincoln Washburn (1866-1965); known internationally for his dry point etchings, some of which are on display in the mansion’s dining room. Tours of the mansion will be offered from 1 pm – 2 pm; and again from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

At 2:00 pm, folk singer Bill Berlinghoff performs on the front lawn of the historic house museum. A folksinger in the Pete Seeger tradition with more than 45 years of performing experience, Bill has appeared in almost every east coast state from Maine to Virginia and as far west as Colorado and Oregon. In his rich, flexible baritone accompanied by banjo or guitar, Bill sings a wide range of songs, spanning the traditional mountain music of Tennessee, the popular folk music of the ’60s, topical songs of quiet coffeehouses, and rowdy singalongs of the Irish pubs. His first album, A Time for Getting Wiser, got regional and national airplay, and he has appeared on cable television in both Connecticut and Maine. Come and listen to or sing along with the timeless folk music of three generations.

At 3:00 pm, enjoy a Victorian fashion show performed by Norlands’ own interpretive staff. Come and see the many layers, including undergarments, worn by fashionable Victorian women. Imagine what it would be like to wear a cage petticoat made with metal hoops under a skirt made of four yards of fabric! Or, what it would be like to be squeezed into a corset. See how one outfit may be transformed into separate outfits by accessorizing, 19th-century style!

The mansion will be closed for tours during the afternoon concert and fashion show.

A $5 admission grants you to all of these afternoon activities from 1 pm to 5 pm., when you may see the slant of fall sunshine peeking through newly painted leaves, feel a light wind teasing at your collar, enjoy a great piece of pie tempting your taste buds and lose yourself in 1870.

From 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, a delicious homemade dinner of corned beef, potato and vegetables, bread, and apple crisp will be served up in the historic farmer’s cottage. Tickets for dinner ($12) must be purchased in advance, by September 6th, by calling or emailing the Norlands (207-897-4366, The dinner ticket price includes all afternoon activities. Dinner guests may also enjoy a guided tour of the Washburn mansion between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm.

At 7:00 pm, in partnership with the Crossroads International Celtic Festival, we proudly present Northfield, Edith & Bennett, and The Gawler Family in the historic meeting house at Norlands. Northfield is an a-cappella choir. The program has been created to include several rousing early American shape note tunes, in addition to a variety of French, English and Italian songs of love and fun. Work songs of the 1800s and first part of the 20th century are a specialty of Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni. As a duo, they play old-time fiddle and banjo music, Swedish dance tunes, and sing farmer's ballads and hollers. We end the evening with the first family of Old Timey and dance music in Maine, The Gawler Family. Words will not describe the dynamics of family harmonies and a lifetime spent together making music. It must be experienced and Norlands is the best place in Maine to do it. Tickets for the evening concert are $15 and must be purchased either online at or at the door (available one-hour before show time, cash or check only).