Boston in the Austen Era: A Lady and a Maid. This special “Women’s History Month” presentation takes place at Waltham’s elegant Federal period Gore Mansion at 7:00 p.m. on Friday 27 March 2009. This Chautauqua performance feature “fact-based, first-person” costumed-interpreters who focus on life stories — in this case the life stories of two women Catherine Codman (played by Diann Ralph Strausberg, a founder of The Storied Past) and Mary Stone (played by Camille Arbogast). Guitarist Chris Renna entertains with period music during the interlude. Mrs Codman, widow of a wealthy Boston merchant, tells of her life among Boston’s elite — including visits to London and the English countryside. She’ll share a scandal or two to rival any in Austen’s fiction! Mary Stone, a servant who immigrated from England, gives her persepctive on what goes on “behind the scenes” in these “fine” households. $8 in advance/$10 at the door; for tickets call (781) 894-2798.