PRIDE Garden Party at Sarah Orne Jewett House

PRIDE Garden Party at Sarah Orne Jewett House, Friday, June 9th

Celebrate PRIDE with Sarah Orne Jewett and her partner, Annie Fields, live music, 19th-century magician Jonathan Harrington, tarot readings, house tours, catered refreshments and more!

South Berwick, ME – Celebrate PRIDE Month in South Berwick with the Pride Garden Party at the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum, Friday, June 9, 2023, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. In partnership with Equality Maine and Seacoast Outright, Historic New England presents a late nineteenth-century garden party, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+ historical icons Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields.

Pride Garden Party features complementary cocktails and appetizers; live music (Cayt Norris and Jim Prendergrast); first-floor Pride tours of Sarah Orne Jewett House; professional actresses in the roles of Sarah Orne Jewett (Amy Desrosiers), her beloved partner Annie Fields (Maggie O’Neill), and their dear friend, the artist Sarah Wyman Whitman (Jenry Towle); a 19th century magic show by famed magician, Jonathan Harrington (Andrew Pinnard of Absolutely Magic); and fortunes told by a 19th century tarot card reader (Mackenzie O’Connor), all in the lovely and welcoming setting of the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum, garden, and grounds.

Sarah Orne Jewett shared a mutually nurturing and loving relationship with Annie Fields, ending only with the death of Jewett in 1909. In 2018, Historic New England reinterpreted the site to focus on Jewett’s life, work, and relationship with Fields.

General admission is $25, and $10 for NOA (Network for Older Adults) members and Historic New England members. We invite you to be part of this very special program!

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Pride Garden Party is a partnership between Historic New England, Equality Maine, and Seacoast Outright, and is generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Coffee By Design, Edward Jones, Mark Lawrence, P. Gagnon, & Lassel Architects

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. We engage diverse audiences in developing a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England home life by being the national leader in collecting, preserving, and using significant buildings, landscapes, archives, stories, and objects from the past to today. We save and share New England’s past to engage and inform present and future generations. Learn more at

About Equality Maine

Equality Maine is the oldest and largest statewide organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Mainers. Our mission is to protect and advance full equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Mainers by creating an inclusive and intersectional movement through political action, community building, education, engagement and collaboration. We envision the day when all LGBTQ+ Mainers and their families are empowered and have full equality in the hearts and minds of Maine people.

About Seacoast Outright

For 30 years, Seacoast Outright has been one of the only specific resources available to LGBTQ+ youth in the Seacoast area. Our service to the community began in the 1990s, when a group of concerned parents and community members met at a conference at UNH, where the idea for the organization was sparked. Since then, we have never lost the passion that brought those organizers together.

Through educational programs, annual Pride celebrations, and youth/parent support groups, our mission has always been to create a safe space for youth to explore the topics of gender and sexuality in a welcoming and understanding environment.

Above all else, Seacoast Outright strives to protect and foster community, empathy, and security. From 1993 to today, we have always known the importance of supporting those who need it most, and we hope to go forward to build a brighter future where everyone is understood, valued, and protected.