Fun at Azilum Despite the Heat
Even though the mercury has been cracking 90 regularly across the broad fields of The French Azilum Historic Site lately, we had some great visitors and wonderful opportunities to share the site with them! Justin and son Xander stopped at Azilum just about at the half way mark of their 100 mile kayaking trip down the Susquehanna. They witnessed a spectacular sunset, caught a glimpse of Elizabeth, one of the bald eagles who nests near the site, and were intrigued by Standing Stone. They very kindly sent us some photos, too! A foursome of friends (originally from the area but now one duo resides in Florida) visited as well, braving the humidity, thunderstorms and high temps. History buffs, they fell in love with Azilum and its story, and we hope they will return, perhaps for one of our events!
Just a Few Weeks Left...to experience the unique magic of The French Azilum Historic Site. We close for this year on Labor Day (open the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend).
We're excited that our annual Kids' Day at Azilum is only a couple of weeks away! SATURDAY, JULY 6, 11-4 Admission Donation: $5 for adults, $2 if accompanied by a child under 14. ALL KIDS 14 AND UNDER ADMITTED FREE! Come and visit the unique historic site the whole family can enjoy, with special activities and entertainment for the children. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on our grounds, or under our picnic pavilion! Old-fashioned games for the kids: croquet, bean bag toss; and an historic scavenger hunt (with a prize for the winner!) Tour the beautiful riverside site of the only refugee colony in the world established specifically for French nobility, learn a little history, and visit the LaPorte House. Surprise entertainment!
We had a wonderful group of devoted Downton fans--and a couple who have become fans now!--on Sunday for our Downton Abbey Afternoon. Visitors were welcomed to the LaPorte house to the now-iconic strains of the theme music from the beloved television program. Everyone was delighted to view the vignettes from the show set up throughout the house with authentic period clothing reminiscent of the costumes worn on the program. They also enjoyed trying on our replica Edwardian hats, and taking photos in front of the eight foot square banner featuring the cast of Downton in front of Highclere Castle--the filming location.
Following the tour, competition was surprisingly fierce for the Downton Trivia Quiz, with two top scorers--who then received two really great prizes for their efforts.
The Afternoon was capped by a three course Tea featuring savories and sandwiches including shrimp and sweet pea, cherry fig chutney cream cheese, mini prosciutto and gouda quiches, and cucumber hummus rounds; four types of scones (lemon ginger GF, apricot, vanilla chai chocolate chip and strawberry), and desserts including a chocolate strawberry trifle, orange cream pound cake, and Peach Melba tartlets. Four different types of tea were also available throughout.
We will be having another Downton Abbey Afternoon on September 22, focusing on the newly-released film, with updated new vintage clothing displays and vignettes that evoke scenes and important moments from the film.
The Afternoons are significant fund raisers for French Azilum--ALL of the admission donations from visitors goes to the site for maintenance and upkeep. Admission donation for the September Downton Afternoon will be $25 if paid before September 6, $40 after that, and you must pre-book as no one will be admitted on the day of the event who has not booked ahead.
Please note: we can no longer hold seats for anyone who has not paid. We sell out quickly, so mark your calendars and BOOK SOON!
OYEZ! OYEZ! The Renaissance Day at French Azilum was a great success. The SCA delighted and informed our many visitors, who watched some ‘melées’ and mock skirmishes, archery challenges, and fencing. They also were able to see some of the Mediaeval and Renaissance crafts and weapons up close. We will be hosting this event again next year, so be sure and check back with us. It is unique to this area so you do not want to miss it!
The Herb Garden at Azilum, relocated last year to the rear of the LaPorte House—a more historically accurate spot, and easier to manage—has been planted with this year’s selection of herbs.
Come visit us, and smell fresh thyme, sage, marjoram, oregano and other herbs that might have been used both medicinally and in culinary efforts at Azilum, and at John LaPorte’s summer home, the gracious LaPorte House.
Take a tour, watch the video, check out the artifacts, and perhaps take a little something home for yourself as a souvenir of your visit: our Gift Shop is now fully stocked for the season, too!
We open this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11-4.
Opening Day is almost here, and we have been working very hard at French Azilum to get the site ready for all our visitors this season. Nick Superko, who is taking care of maintaining the Overlook on Route 6, recently did the initial mowing and brush clearing there...in the photo, look in the distance to see Azilum's site! We hope for drier, sunnier weather, though, as much of the work has been done in the mist and the rain...and the cold! Come visit us this summer, and be sure to check out our Events tab on the Home Page. And check back here frequently to see the latest updates and photos from our activities!