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On the Bright Side

May 13, 2013

Families honor moms in style at Hyde Hall

Mother’s Day was celebrated at historic Hyde Hall on Saturday with dozens of families treating their mothers to high tea at the historic mansion.

The event, which was free and open to the public, included serenades by local singing group, Ah Cappella! as well as mansion tours, tea and cakes, a hat-making station, and croquet on the lawn.

“This is a wonderful event,” said Christina Lawrence of Saranac Lake, who brought her mother to the event.

“My brother and I were looking at the things we could do, browsing local attractions and events, when we saw this event and thought it would be nice to take her to Hyde Hall,” Lawrence said. “It is beautiful.”

Lawrence’s mother, Sandy Gothard, was enthralled.

“This is what I like to do,” she said. “We love to tour historic houses. This is a fabulous event.”

The Mother’s Day Tea at Hyde Hall has been held annually for more than 20 years. The picturesque estate sits upon a bluff overlooking Glimmerglass Lake and is a National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site. It is a part of Glimmerglass State Park.

“I am playing mother,” said Felicia Blum, Hyde Hall board member, who was serving tea. “This is my grandmother’s tea set.”

Blum served tea for visitors in the formal drawing room, with its lofty ceilings featuring ornate architectural accents, period furniture and reproductions of the art collected by the Clarke family.

Shirley and Keith Schue came from Cherry Valley to spend the afternoon at Hyde Hall.

“This is such a beautiful place,” Shirley Schue said. “I really love it. It is a lovely piece of history.”

Hyde Hall was built from  1817 to  1834 by George Clarke as the centerpiece of his 120,000-acre estate in New York. It is said to be one of the largest domestic homes built between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

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