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Pagodas, Parasols, and Peacocks at the Adirondack Museum

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE Victorian fascination with the "exotic" influenced interior decoration both at home and at camp. Japanese fans in the wilderness? Oriental statues with twiggy furniture? Certainly! Discover more about these fanciful pairings: join Chief Curator Laura Rice for a presentation entitled "Pagodas, Parasols, and Peacocks: Exoticism in Adirondack Camps, 1880 - 1920" at the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, New York. The program will be lavishly illustrated - in the Victorian mode - with historic images and artifacts from museum collections. Part of the museum's Cabin Fever Sunday series, the program will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008. The presentation will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. Cabin Fever Sunday programs are offered at no charge to museum members. The fee for non-members is $4.00. There is no charge for children of elementary school age or younger. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, please call the Education Department at (518) 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit the museum's web site at www.adirondackmuseum.org. The Cabin Fever Sunday series is sponsored by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park: www.pearsallfoundation.org. Ten million people visited the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, which featured exhibits and buildings representing such little known cultures like those of Japan, China, Turkey and Egypt. The craze for the exotic was launched. Victorian interiors were crammed with artwork, tapestries, furniture and knick-knacks in an eclectic mix of styles. American Indian crafts, Japanese fans and lanterns, Turkish rugs, Moorish statues and trophy animals were incorporated into rustic interiors to lend an air of fantasy, make-believe and wildness. The museum will open for a new season on May 23, 2008, introducing a new exhibit Rustic Tomorrow. For information call (518) 352-7311, or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org .

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