Boston and Austen

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.

Gore Mansion tours

Jane Austen tours of the Gov. Gore mansion

Gore Place, the historic estate at 52 Gore Place, Waltham/Watertown line (Massachusetts), will offer Jane Austen Tours of the mansion July 18 and 20. A guide in period costume will use Austen’s words to describe the decor of the mansion and the lifestyle of the Gores. Admission to the evening tour, 7 p.m. Friday, July 18: $12 adults and $8 children, age 5 to 12. Admission for the daytime tours, Sunday, July 20, at 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.: $10 adults and $5 children, ages 5 to 12. Reservations recommended. Call 781-894-2798. All attending will receive a 10 percent savings on the traditional three-course afternoon tea service at the Tea Leaf on Moody Street in Waltham. Reservations required in advance for tea. Call 781-891-1900. Offer valid through Aug. 15. For more information, visit