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LONGFELLOW'S WAYSIDE INN
By Christopher Gurshin

   Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, located inSudbury, Massachusetts, has a long history of over three hundred years and is a national treasure to millions of people that have had the wonderful opportunity of visiting. This picturesque, secluded 125 acre parcel of land includes a fieldstone Gristmill, the Martha-Mary Chapel and the Little Red School House, where “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was written.  Upon entering through the old front door you’ll immediately experience a sense of historic New England, imagining Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writing the Tales of the Wayside Inn in the old Parlor. Stepping into the Old Bar Room, which dates back to 1702, the warmth of the crackling fireplace beckons you to sit on the early English settle bench and enjoy a relaxing evening by the fire.  The Inn offers delicious New England dining, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as ten rooms without television, ensuring a restful overnight stay. Wayside Inn
Wayside Inn
Wayside Inn
   Since 1991, I have had the good fortune to be able to conduct art classes at the Inn in my style of old New England painting. Classes take place in the Ford Room of the Inn where the day begins with coffee, tea and muffins by the fireplace and the start of the painting class.  After a fun morning of instruction a wonderful luncheon is served at noon in the Old Kitchen followed by an afternoon of completing a painting. I give careful instructions explaining every step and give personal advice when needed. Everyone receives pre-cut mylar stencils, a stencil guide, complete instructions and a color image to refer to. Many students have never painted before but walk out with the happiness of a special memory of the day and a finished painting. I have always thought that a strong desire to paint, is an important part of realizing success. Many students make the trip from Connecticut to join others from various towns in New England, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. I’ve been told many times it was the most enjoyable class they ever experienced.

 

Wayside Inn

 

Wayside Inn

The Inn’s website is www.wayside.org where the next class information will be posted along with many other events occurring throughout the year.


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