From St Lucia to the Berkshires, if there is a housewife about, a Tamara Tattles spy will keep us in the loop. Here is a report from the Garden Club Tour at Blue Stone Manor yesterday from one of our numbers. It sounds like the rest of us missed out on a glorious day. The event was yesterday and that was when this report was written.
It was called The Garden Tour, a tour of the gardens of six properties, Dorinda’s included. I found out about it THIS MORNING over breakfast and freaked out. Originally I had wanted to just drive by her house and here TODAY on the day we are in town, ONCE ONLY this year that I know of, The Garden Tour!
But the site said the tickets to the full tour were sold out. It also said we could still visit Dorinda’s property for $60/ person and if interested to be a Simon’s Rock, Bard College, Great Barrington from 1-2:45 for the bus service. We got there at around 1:15. I asked about the full tour and was told it had indeed been sold out, that the owners were only allowing a total of 500 people at the properties,
However, Dorinda,was great and had agreed to let more people in. So I guess at a minimum over 500 people visited her house. There were lots and lots of people, and most had tickets for the full tour that started running at 9 AM. School buses were driving us.
My husband and I were only supposed to visit Dorinda’s house but the organizers were quite disorganized and we ended up seeing 3 other houses before Dorinda’s. I was in heaven with all the gardens but my husband was not. The ticket money was going all to more garden related functions in the area. The property owners were NOT getting paid for allowing their homes to opened to the public.
One of the volunteers told us that yesterday when the organizers visited the properties for the pre-tour, Dorinda was at her house changing a light bulb, that she is always kind and very down to earth.
Oh one more thing, yesterday we dined at The Red Lion Inn which was the place Dorinda worked at as a waitress years ago. Stockbridge is absolutely gorgeous. We also visited the Botanical Gardens and The Norman Rockwell Museum.
A huge thanks to our spy for this event. And if you see something, say something! [email protected]