Johnston Historical Society plans tea time, tag sale


“This was a very educational and at times emotional evening,” Anthony Ursillo, a Board Member with the Johnston Historical Society, said after listening to Carl Johnson’s presentation last Wednesday evening. “He went into very much detail of Edgar Allen Poe’s entire life; what a story!”

Perhaps that why a standing room only audience jammed into every available space inside the non-profit’s Museum Barn for a night that included in depth storytelling and music.

Even JHS Recording Secretary Elise Carlson had a hand in co-starring with Johnson, as she recited a poem with the skilled speaker that featured his and her parts during the reading called Annabelle.

“Everything was magnificent,” Ursillo added while speaking with Johnson after what was one of the most exciting monthly speaking programs in recent JHS memory. “Carl also sang one of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems … wow. And his cape also added to the scenery.”

As an example of how well the night was presented, Johnson gave each person in attendance a black feather prior to his reading of The Raven.

And that was, as JHS President Lou McGowan said “very clever. Carl is certainly a very expressive and theatrical speaker that everyone her tonight truly enjoyed!”


Tomorrow, beginning at 2 o’clock, the JHS will hold a Tea inside the famed Clouds Hill Mansion, located off Post Road in Warwick. Tickets are $35 per person and those who’d like to attend should call (401) 231-3380. Reservations are on a first-come first-served basis but there’s a rumor that it could be sold out.


The JHS will turn its headquarters at 101 Putnam Pike (Route 44) into its always-interesting Tag Sale on Saturday, April 21. The event, which was initiated several years ago by Vice President Dan Brown, will run from 8 a.m. to noon and the public is invited to attend.

Also, people can donate gently used items that the JHS will sell. Proceeds from the annual sale will benefit the award-winning non-profit. Officials said a detailed list of he Tag Sale would be posed on Craigslist under “garage sales” the week of the sale.

The next General Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, April 24 inside the Museum Barn and the principal speaker will be Joseph E. Coduri, who’ll speak about his latest book Rhode Island Towns and Villages: Post Car Views at the turn of the Twentieth Century.


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