Are you looking for that perfect piece of furniture, china to blend with your set, or a wall hanging for that empty space? Or are you into antique jewelry, glassware, or other objets d'art? You'll be surprised at the incredible deals you can find at our annual Relinquished Treasures Sale.
This event is truly a one-of-a-kind sale of antiques, vintage and retro housewares, decorative items, and fashion pieces. Through the hard work of volunteers and staff, the Depot transforms from a messy room full of boxes to a neat and appealing retail space. By the Members' Reception on Friday evening, all will be calm, but today, the phrase that springs to mind is "chaos and candlesticks!"
All proceeds from this annual fundraiser - the fourteenth annual, to be exact - benefit the work and programs of Historical Society. The event takes place at the same time as Lexington's annual Discovery Day street fair, so it's a busy and fun day in Lexington!
We are still accepting gently used small furniture, artwork, silver, china, linens, and housewares. Please call 781-862-1703 to arrange for drop-off at the Depot (or possible pickup for heavy or large items). Donations will be accepted through Wednesday May 23.
Members’ Preview: Friday, May 25, 7-9 PM at the Depot
Public Sale: Saturday, May 26, 9 AM-3 PM at the Depot
Saturday sale free and open to the public!
Recently, we heard from Lexington tavern-keeper David Comee, who was assaulted by a customer who was trying to steal a lemon. A few people noticed the irony that in the 18th century, lemons were generally used to make punch. It seems like poor David Comee received several!
But a strong punch really was one of the more popular drinks in 18th century taverns. In fact, we still have a surviving lemon juicer from Munroe Tavern. While the Munroe punch recipes don’t survive, we know generally what would have gone into them: a mixture of fruit juice, water, sugar, alcohol, and spices. This was considered a gentleman’s drink due to its expensive ingredients, although a few bowls of punch would lead men to become anything but gentlemanly, as William Hogarth brilliantly illustrated in his painting, A Midnight Modern Conversation.
This past weekend, we tried some of this authentic punch at the LHS Colonial Singers’ performance of The Beggar’s Opera, a satirical British musical from 1728. The characters in the show are decidedly low-class, but their nefarious activities could bring in enough money to allow them to indulge a bit! The recipe we served our guests was taken from a 1723 cookbook called The Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary; Or, The Accomplish'd Housewife’s Companion. Originally called “Punch for Chamber-Maids”, it includes lemon, lime, and orange juice, sugar water, white wine, and brandy. While not in the original recipe, a sprinkling of nutmeg, the 18th century’s favorite flavoring, rounded out the drink nicely. Not all 18th century recipes suit the modern palate, but this punch ended up being quite a treat just the way it was written. We are hoping to have a revival of The Beggar’s Opera sometime in the future, but in the meantime, give this punch a try for yourself at home!
-Sarah McDonough, Programs Manager
Featuring the voices of Lexington Historical Society permanent staff and occasional guest authors.