Chamber Opera Returns to the Grave House

Our Deacon John Grave Foundation continued the partnership with the Madison Lyric Stage with two productions of “ A Servant for Hitler: Max Lorenz and the Third Reich” This monodrama with music presented Marc Deaton in his original piece, portraying tenor Max Lorenz through his operatic career and his struggles […] Read more »

Children’s Holiday & Open House

November 30th brought the month to a close and opened the winter holidays. To celebrate the start of the festivities, the Deacon’s family had decorated their homestead. Guests were welcomed into the kitchen for cookie baking at the “Children’s Holiday”. With cookies in the oven, families retired to the main […] Read more »

Ghost Returns to the Grave House

The Madison Lyric Stage performed 6 productions of the English suspense opera “The Turn of the Screw” in October inside our historic Grave House. The event was sold out. The opera is a chamber piece in english composed by Benjamin Britten. Each productions was delightful and featured ghosts. It marked […] Read more »

Shoreline Arts Alliance Meeting

In early October the Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) held its monthly meeting at the Grave House. The Madison Lyric Stage was recently accepted as a member. A representative of the Deacon John Grave Foundation board served as co host and gave tours of the house. A representative of the Connecticut […] Read more »

Annual Meeting Featured Board Member and Town Historian in a Talk and Display of Old Maps

Henry Griggs, Past President of the Deacon John Grave House gave an interesting presentation of his collection of very old maps. Of note was a 1827 very colorful large map which illustrated Madison as an independent town in 1826. During social time members were able to view the maps on display […] Read more »

The Annual Late Summer Mixer

The weather broke clear on August 19 and the George Mansion Band played music from the Great American Songbook for our members and those from the Madison Historical society, The Garden Club of Madison and CLEMA. It was an evening of great music and camaraderie. Members brought lawn chairs and […] Read more »

The Grave House Had Some Great “Company”

The Madison Lyric Stage produced the great Tony Award winning musical “Company” by Stephen Sondheim. The musical was the initial offering to bring cultural events to downtown Madison. Around 600 visitors watched 10 performances under the big top tent. The barn was converted to a theater front and housed the […] Read more »

Fourth of July Open House

Madison marked Independence Day, starting it with a bang…and an evening of fireworks! The celebration continued the following morning with a Fourth of July parade down the main street. Many of the parade entries lingered in front of the Deacon’s house for an extra drum beat or photo shoot, where […] Read more »